Michael C. Rakower

Michael C. Rakower

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in New York, NY

Rakower Law PLLC
 | 488 Madision Avenue, 18th Floor
New York, NY 10022
Phone: 212-660-5552
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2017
Selected to Rising Stars: 2011
Licensed Since: 2000
Practice Areas:
  • Business Litigation (50%),
  • General Litigation (40%),
  • Appellate (10%)
Attorney Profile

Michael C. Rakower, Esq. provides legal services of the highest caliber to individuals and companies requiring exceptional attention to pressing concerns.  Mr. Rakower works tirelessly to pursue extraordinary results for every client.  His achievements are a consequence of hard work, honesty, skill, tenacity, creativity, and vision.  Mr. Rakower also provides pro bono representation for the betterment of those in need and seeks to improve our community through active involvement in social causes.

About Michael Rakower

Admitted: 2000, New York

Professional Webpage: www.rakowerlaw.com/michael-rakower.html

Honors and Awards:

  • Lifetime Achievement, America's Top 100 Attorneys, 2016
  • Rakower Law featured as one of "50 Law Firms Professionals Should Know About", The New Yorker Magazine, The New Yorker Magazine, 2016
  • Rakower Lupkin featured as one of "50 Law Firms Professionals Should Know About", The New Yorker Magazine, The New Yorker Magazine, 2015
  • Rakower Lupkin featured as one of "50 Law Firms Professionals Should Know About", The New Yorker Magazine, 2014
  • Michael Rakower featured in "Lawyer Limelight" column, Lawdragon, 2014
  • Client Distinction Award, Martindale - Hubbell, 2013
  • Panel Judge for ALM's Rising Stars, 2013 & 2014
  • Recipient of the New York State Bar Association's 2006 Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year Award
  • Recognized in 2007 by Lawyers USA as one of eight "up and coming" lawyers in the nation

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Certified E-Discovery Specialist 

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Principal, Law Office of Michael C. Rakower, P.C. 2005-2012.
  • Of Counsel, The Law Offices of Gordon Mehler, PLLC, 2005—2012.
  • Member of New York State Bar Association (NYSBA), Federal Bar Council and American Inns of Court.
  • Executive Committee Member of NYSBA's Commercial and Federal Litigation Section and Co-Chair of that Section's Federal Procedure Committee, 2011—.
  • Vice President (2011—) and Board Member (2003—) of American Friends of the Kigali Public Library.
  • Senior Law Clerk, The Hon. Richard C. Wesley, U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 2004.
  • Of Counsel, The Legal Aid Society, Prisoner's Rights Project, 2003.
  • Legal Researcher, Office of the Prosecutor, United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, 2002.
  • Associate, Latham & Watkins, 1999-2002.
  • Managing Board, Virginia Journal of International Law, 1998-1999.

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Providing pro bono services to plaintiff alleging civil rights violations while in prison custody., 2011

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • "Building and Managing a Small Law Firm," Fordham University School of Law, 2011, 2012 & 2014.
  • "Report on Proposed Amendmens to Federal Rules of Civil Procedure 1, 4, 16, 26, 30, 31, 33, 34, 36 ,37, 84 and Appendix of Forms," Federal Procedure Committee, NYSBA Commercial and Federal Litigation Section, (group authorship; M. Rakower co-chair of Federal Procedure Committee), October 1, 2013.
  • "Myanmar or Burma: Can the West Help," Clemens Nathan Research Centre, 2011.
  • "Report on Proposed Amendments to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 45," Federal Procedure Committee, NYSBA Commercial and Federal Litigation Section, (group authorship; M. Rakower co-chair of Federal Procedure Committee), January 10, 2012.
  • "Whether The Heightened Pleading Requirements of wombly and Iqbal Apply to Pleading Affirmative Defenses," Federal Procedure Committee, NYSBA Commercial and Federal Litigation Section, (group authorship; M. Rakower co-chair of Federal Procedure Committee), March 21, 2012.
  • "Rule 5 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Should Be Revised to Allow for Electronic Service of Papers Without Prior Consent," Federal Procedure Committee, NYSBA Commercial and Federal Litigation Section, (group authorship; M. Rakower co-chair of Federal Procedure Committee), December 12, 2012.
  • "Report on District Court Review of Magistrate Judge's Reports and Recommendations: Should Arguments Not Previously Made to the Magistrate Judge Be Considered," Federal Procedure Committee, NYSBA Commercial and Federal Litigation Section, (group authorship; M. Rakower co-chair of Federal Procedure Committee), July 9, 2013.
  • "Guidance on Proposed Federal Rules," New York Law Journal, (letter to the editor co-authored with James Parver), December 6, 2013.
  • "The Section Reports on Proposed Amendments to Federal Rules and Appendix of Forms," New York State Bar Association, 2013
  • "The Supreme Court's Proximate Cause Analysis Under RICO: A Distinction Between Direct and Foreseeable Harm," NY Litigator, Summer 2011 (republished in RICO Law Reporter, September 2011).
  • "Wall Street Meltdown Puts Boards on the "Hot Seat,'" Practical Law Institute, 2009.
  • "RICO Damages After Set-Off: Treble vs. Double Recoveries," N.Y.L.J., March 10, 2008 (republished in RICO Law Reporter, May 2008).
  • "Civil RICO: Legal Overview and Tactical Considerations," New York State Bar Association, 2006 & 2007.
  • "The Khmer Rouge: An Analysis of One of the World's Most Brutal Regimes," as published in To Oppose Any Foe: The Legacy of U.S. Intervention in Vietnam, 2006.

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Won TRO and preliminary injunction in "bet the company" litigation, 2012
  • Won dismissal of action based on obscure "stateless citizen" doctrine, 2012

Educational Background:

  • University of Virginia (JD), 1999
  • University of Pennsylvania (B.A., cum laude), 1993
Office Location for Michael C. Rakower

488 Madision Avenue
18th Floor
New York, NY 10022

 

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Last Updated: 4/25/2017

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