Michael C. Rakower

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  • B.A. 1993, University of Pennsylvania, cum laude
  • J.D. 1999, University of Virginia School of Law, Managing Board, Virginia Journal of International Law


  • New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin


  • 2017 - 2018, "Recognized Practitioner," Chambers USA
  • 2015 - 2018, Recognized by Super Lawyers as one of the "Top 100" attorneys in the New York Metropolitan Area
  • 2013 - 2018, Selected for Inclusion in New York Metropolitan Edition of Super Lawyers
  • 2017 - 2018, Martindale-Hubbell Platinum Client Champion Award
  • 2013 - 2018, Martindale-Hubbell Client Distinction Award
  • 2016, Lifetime Achievement Member, America's Top 100 Attorneys
  • 2013 - 2016, Panel Judge, Rising Stars, American Lawyer Media
  • 2014, Profiled in Lawdragon's “Lawyer Limelight” Column
  • 2011, Selected for Inclusion in New York Metropolitan Edition of Super Lawyers – Rising Stars
  • 2007, Recognized by Lawyers USA as One of Eight “up and coming” Lawyers in the Nation
  • 2006, Recipient of New York State Bar Association's Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year Award



  • New York State Bar Association
    • Executive Committee, Commercial and Federal Litigation Section, 2011–present
    • Co-Chair, Committee on Federal Procedure, 2011-present
  • Federal Bar Council
    • Master, Inn of Court
  • American Friends of the Kigali Public Library
    • Vice President and Board Member


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Michael C. Rakower - Presentations and Seminars

  • Panelist, Is It Really Time to Change: Analyzing the Scope and Impact of the Recent Amendments to the Federal Rules, New York State Bar Association, 2016.
  • Speaker, Anatomy of a U.S. Lawsuit, Buying Legal Council, 2016.
  • Panelist, Litigation Career Paths in the Private Sector, New York City Bar Association, 2015.
  • Witness, Hearing on Proposed Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Civil Rules, Washington, D.C. 2013.
  • Faculty Member, Building and Managing a Small Law Firm, Fordham University School of Law, 2011, 2012, 2014 & 2015.
  • Faculty Member, Wall Street Meltdown Puts Boards on the 'Hot Seat,' Practical Law Institute, 2009.
  • Faculty Member, Civil RICO: Legal Overview and Tactical Considerations, New York State Bar Association, 2006 & 2007 (initially prepared with Jonathan D. Lupkin)
  • Speaker, International Criminal Law and the Role of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, Albany Law School, 2006.
  • Moderator, Heroes of the Bar: A Salute to Pro Bono Achievements, Federal Bar Council, 2005.
  • Panelist, Employment Litigation Under Title VII: Racial Slurs in the Workplace, New York City Bar Association, 2005.

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