Mr Michael Hanin > Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP > New York, United States > Lawyer Profile

Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP
NEW YORK, NY 10019
United States
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Work Department



Banking and Capital Markets Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Complex Financial Products Litigation; Plaintiffs’ Litigation; Securities Litigation


Michael A. Hanin’s practice focuses on complex commercial litigation in state and federal courts and in proceedings involving the Securities and Exchange Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice. His practice includes advising investment funds on potential litigation and other issues relating to their investments, particularly with respect to complex financial products, securitizations, financing, securities, real estate and accounting.  Mike is counsel of record to multiple investment funds – including Waterfall Asset Management, Serengeti Asset Management, One William Street Capital, Angelo Gordon, Davidson Kempner Capital Management and Deer Park Road Corporation – in ongoing public litigation relating to commercial and residential mortgage-backed securities, CDOs, CLOs, and other structured products.

Mike has been recognized as a leading litigator by The Legal 500 and Benchmark Litigation.  He was named a Plaintiffs’ Lawyers Trailblazer by the National Law Journal in 2021.  He has also been named an MVP of the Year for Structured Finance by Law360 in 2020, a Litigation Star by Benchmark Litigation and included in Lawdragon’s 500 Leading Plaintiff Financial Lawyers in America 2020.  Mike has also been recognized in Super Lawyers.


New York; U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit; U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York; U.S. District Court, District of Colorado; U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit


Georgetown University Law Center (J.D., 2001); Williams College (B.A., cum laude, 1997)

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Dispute resolution > Securities litigation: plaintiff

The New York office of Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP is home to a deep bench of securities litigators who handle both defense and plaintiff work but focus predominantly on the latter. The firm handles both direct securities fraud and opt-out cases, frequently acting for prominent hedge funds, mutual funds and pension funds in high-profile cases. It continues to be involved in cases concerning residential mortgage-backed securities, acting for trustees of RMBS transactions, and it is a key adviser to investment funds in disputes arising from the trillions of dollars in complex financial assets held in securitization trusts. Sheron Korpus, Michael Hanin and Stephen Tountas (who is ‘a talented securities lawyer – very knowledgeable and strategic and experienced‘) are the lead partners. Leading trial lawyer Marc Kasowitz, who scored a major victory for MBIA Insurance Corporation in an RMBS case by securing a $600m payout from Credit Suisse in 2020, also plays a central role in the practice. Uri Itkin left the firm in May 2022.

United States > Dispute resolution > Securities litigation: defense

Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP handles bet-the-company securities litigation on both defense and plaintiff side, acting for major corporations and financial institutions, and their directors and officers. Among its prominent clients is the world’s largest generic drug manufacturer Teva Pharmaceuticals, for which the firm is defending one of the largest securities class actions currently pending as well as the more than 20 related direct actions, filed on behalf of more than 75 opt-out plaintiffs. Sheron Korpus, who led the Teva case, Michael Hanin and Stephen Tountas lead the practice from New York. Emerging partner talent Uri Itkin left the firm in May 2022.