Michael J. Tiffany concentrates his practice in litigation and dispute resolution, handling a broad range of business and complex commercial matters. He has extensive experience and consistent success in efficiently handling the multiple phases of mediation, arbitration, and trial.
Commercial and Securities Litigation
Michael has litigated and advised clients on a wide range of matters involving contract disputes, business torts, breach of representations and warranties, and licensing and purchase price disputes. He has worked on behalf of a variety of clients, including Morgan Stanley, Honeywell, Verizon, Lincolnshire Management, Whirlpool, and Ascent Performance Materials.
Among other accomplishments, Michael obtained a $9 million judgment in a contractual indemnity dispute arising from the sale of a nylon manufacturing plant; defeated a multimillion dollar fraud claim brought by a global apparel company against its distributor; defeated a $32 million action for breach of letters of credit against a Ukrainian bank; obtained a multimillion dollar settlement in a complex litigation arising from a seller's breach of an asset purchase agreement; successfuly represented a private equity firm in a dispute with a limited partner; and successfully defended companies in software license disputes.
Michael also has broad experience advising financial institutions, and has successfully represented clients in matters involving investment banking fees, investor disputes, injunctions, guaranty enforcement, and cross-border subpoena issues, as well as regulatory agency investigations.
Michael's experience includes trials in state and federal courts, as well as arbitration forums. These trials and arbitrations include successfully representing private equity firms, chemical companies, manufacturers, and licensees. Michael's practice has also included winning multimillion dollar cases in the appellate courts.
Michael has represented both companies and executives in connection with executive and broker employment disputes. Issues include compensation, clawback provisions, trade secrets, and broker protocol compliance.
- St. John’s University, J.D., with honors (2002)
- Manhattan College, B.A., cum laude (1999)
- New York
- U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois
- U.S. District Court Southern District of New York
- U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York
- U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit
- Motorola Limits Restraints on Banks: The New York Court of Appeals Recharges the "Separate Entity Rule", The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel (November 2014)
- Identifying a Principal Place of Business for Diversity Jurisdiction: Supreme Court Settles the Debate, co-author with Joshua Leader, The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel (April 2010)