A. Michael Pratt

A. Michael Pratt

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Michael Pratt is an accomplished litigator who concentrates his practice on complex commercial and product liability disputes, representing financial services institutions, industrial and consumer product manufacturers, pharmaceutical and medical device companies, governmental entities, and health care companies, among others. After three decades of private practice at an Am Law 100 firm, he brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to his broad-based representations, leveraging his trial experience as well as insights informed by a myriad of past leadership positions. Those include serving as the 81st chancellor of the 15,000-member Philadelphia Bar Association; chief litigation counsel for corporate and toxic tort matters for a Fortune 100 company; past president of the Barristers’ Association of Philadelphia, Inc., a local affiliate of the National Bar Association; and as the former chief deputy city solicitor charged with overseeing the commercial litigation division for the City of Philadelphia Law Department.

In his civic life, Michael has helped lead a variety of organizations in a range of activities. He accepted a gubernatorial appointment to serve as a commissioner on the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, including serving as vice chairman for four of his six years on the commission. Other previous leadership posts include serving as chair of the board of trustees of Community Legal Services, Inc., chair of the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service, and chair of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section. He continues to speak before professional and community groups and has contributed to advancing scholarship within the legal community and Philadelphia public life through numerous articles and book chapters authored or co-authored.

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Capabilities

Experiencia

  • Representation of a multinational financial services institution defending a federal court action alleging breach of contract and business tort claims arising from an investment banking advisory agreement for corporate recapitalization services.°
  • Representation of a national bank in several actions relating to international check clearinghouse disputes.°
  • Representation of a state Department of Education regarding the department's petition to appoint a receiver to take over the management and operation of a major state school district.°
  • Representation of a state lottery bureau as a proposed intervenor - amicus plaintiff in a federal court action seeking to vacate a United States Department of Justice Office of Legal Counsel Opinion purporting to reinterpret the application of the Wire Act to state lottery programs.°
  • Representation of a major municipality in the prosecution of a federal court action against a national deferred compensation administrator alleging RICO, securities fraud, and breach of contract claims, and the defense of a companion third-party class action.°
  • Representation of an insurance company in a federal court emergency, multiweek injunction, and declaratory relief trial alleging the unlawful termination of an agency agreement.°
  • Representation of a state agency and state officials in a federal court class action alleging civil rights and statutory claims arising from the enactment and enforcement of a driver's license revocation statute.°
  • Representation of a national diversified financial services institution as co-executor of a deceased client’s estate in prosecuting breach of contract and business tort claims against the client’s former company.°
  • Representation of a state department regarding state-related data breach compliance.°
  • Representation of a multinational industrial manufacturing company in a multimillion-dollar commercial dispute and defamation action alleging the unlawful termination of a vendor agreement.°
  • Representation of an investment bank regarding a FINRA compliance matter.°
  • Representation of a major municipality in separate federal and state court actions alleging constitutional and state law violations relating to the municipality’s enforcement of billboard regulations.°
  • Representation of a public official in a federal court action alleging First Amendment and state law claims.°
  • Representation of a major hospital in a federal court action alleging sexual discrimination and sexual harassment claims.°
  • Representation of a multinational diversified technology and manufacturing company in the defense of asbestos product liability claims.°
  • Representation of a major municipality in a federal court action challenging the municipality’s affirmative action program.°
  • Representation of an international roofing manufacturer in various actions alleging breach of contract and product liability claims.°
  • Representation of a major hospital in a federal court civil rights action arising from a physician’s rendering of an expert report in a criminal proceeding.°
  • Representation of multiple pharmaceutical drug and device manufacturers in various product liability actions.°
  • Representation of a multinational technology and manufacturing company as national coordinating counsel in the defense of asbestos premises liability and silica product liability claims.°

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

  • Chief Litigation Counsel for Corporate and Toxic Tort, Honeywell International, Inc., 2002-2003
  • Chief Deputy City Solicitor, City of Philadelphia, 1992-1994

Recognition & Leadership

  • Listed, Acritas StarsTM Independently Rated Lawyers, “Star Lawyers,” 2018-2019
  • Recipient, Philadelphia Bar Association, “LGBT Right Committee Cheryl Ingram Advocate for Justice Award,” 2009
  • Recipient, Friends of Farmworkers, “Leadership Award,” 2009
  • Recipient, Legal Intelligencer, “Diversity Attorney of the Year Award,” 2008-09
  • Recipient, Dawn Staley Foundation, “Community Service Leadership Award,” 2008
  • Recipient, Barristers’ Association of Philadelphia, “J. Austin Norris Award,” 2007
  • Rated, AV Preeminent® 5.0 out of 5.0

°AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell DistinguishedSM and Martindale-Hubbell NotableSM are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell® certification procedures, standards and policies.

  • Philadelphia Bar Association
    • Member, Board of Governors, 2006-2010
    • Chancellor, 2008
    • Chancellor-Elect, 2007
    • Past Chair, City Policy Committee, 2007
    • Vice Chancellor, 2006
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
    • Past Member, House of Delegates, 1995-2008
  • American Bar Association
    • Past Member, House of Delegates, 2012-2014
    • Past Chair and member, Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service, 2010-2012
    • Past Member, Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants, 2003-2006
  • National Bar Association
    • Past Chair, Annual National Convention, 1999
    • Past Member, Board of Governors, 1994-1996
    • Past Director, Region III, 1994-1996
  • Member, Judicial Nominations Advisory Panel, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 2019
  • Member, Board of Trustees, Washington & Jefferson College, Washington, PA, 2006-2018, 2019-Present
  • Former Member, Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, 2009-2015
    • Vice Chairman, 2011-2015
    • Commissioner, 2009-2015
  • Member, The Forum for a Better Pennsylvania, 2014-Present
  • Past Chair, Community Legal Services Board of Trustees, 1997-2000
  • Past President, Barristers’ Association of Philadelphia
  • Member, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

Credentials

Educación
  • J.D., Harvard Law School, 1985
  • B.A., Economics and English, Washington & Jefferson College, 1981
Clerkships
  • Hon. Nathaniel R. Jones, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, 1985-1986
Admitida para practicar como abogado en
  • District of Columbia
  • Nueva York
  • Pennsylvania
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania