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Michael M. Besser helps companies and individuals respond to SEC enforcement defense cases and other government investigations based on alleged violations of a wide range of civil, criminal, and administrative laws. His practice focuses on representing clients in the health care and financial services industries, but Mike has also handled matters involving cryptocurrency, fraud, commercial litigation, and intellectual property rights.

Mike also has an active pro bono practice, which includes assisting with appeals in death penalty cases, representing individuals and small companies in civil suits, and advising non-profits on a variety of matters.


  • SEC enforcement defense



  • Won arbitration on behalf of client that had nearly $500,000 wrongfully withheld from him during the sale of his business.°
  • Petitioned the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals to review District Court denial of a motion for reduction of criminal sentence due to substantial cooperation.°
  • Obtained no-action letter from the Securities and Exchange Commission for cryptocurrency developer than had assisted with technical development of a token offering.°
  • Assisted non-profit with referring a criminal matter to law enforcement for former employee embezzlement.°

°The above representations were handled by Mr. Besser prior to his joining Greenberg Traurig, LLP.

  • Teacher, KIPP Austin Public Schools, 2012-2014
  • Teacher, W.A. Todd Junior High, 2010-2012

Recognition & Leadership

  • Member, Dallas Bar Association
  • Member, Dallas Association of Young Attorneys
  • Board Member, Big Leaders-Lone Star Big Brothers Big Sisters
  • Alumnus, Teach for America, 2010-2012


  • J.D., University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall), 2017
    • Managing Editor, Berkeley Journal of Criminal Law
  • B.A., magna cum laude, University of Maryland, College Park, 2010
  • Texas