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Michael Pusateri defends national and international companies and individuals in state, federal, and administrative tribunals across the country.

In the administrative context, Michael has represented the mining and insurance industries in rulemaking proceedings, regulatory challenges, adjudications, and appeals before the Department of Labor and other agencies and Federal Circuit Courts of Appeals.

Michael’s diverse civil practice has found him defending corporations and individuals in the food, pharmaceutical, publishing, energy, and financial services sectors against allegations of fraud, unfair competition, unlawful discharge, and defamation, among others. His civil practice victories have been featured in leading industry publications including Work Comp Central, Business Insurance, and the Media Law Resource Center. 

He has also advised clients in all stages of criminal and civil investigations—from the issuance of subpoenas through trial and appellate proceedings. Representative engagements have involved defending against allegations of wire fraud, money laundering, conspiracy, anti-competitive conduct, and violations of federal election statutes. Michael has also advised targets of investigations pursued by various offices of inspectors general including those of the Department of Veteran’s Affairs, the Department of Treasury, and the Department of Justice. Many of these highly sensitive matters have been resolved for the clients, often without publicity.

Michael is a member of the Eleventh Circuit’s Criminal Justice Act panel and has served as an adjunct professor at George Washington University Law School, where he taught legal writing and advocacy to first-year law students.


  • Regulatory Investigations
  • White collar defense


Recognition & Leadership

  • Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers, "Rising Stars," 2019-2022


  • LL.M., Duke University School of Law, 2008
  • J.D., Duke University School of Law, 2008
  • B.S., Cornell University, 2005
  • Hon. Charlene Edwards Honeywell, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, 2010-2011
  • District of Columbia
  • New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Columbia