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Michelle D. Gambino is a first-chair trial attorney with a diverse practice focusing on highly sophisticated and complex commercial litigation matters with an emphasis in business, employment, construction, real estate and financial services disputes.

Michelle is highly regarded among her fellow colleagues, clients, and others in the legal industry. She is known for her personal and professional commitment to get things done in the best interests of her clients and is known as a “pit-bull” in the courthouse by her adversaries. Michelle is routinely selected to represent some of the most diverse clients in “bet-the-company” type disputes and/or in highly publicized matters. In addition to working with a broad client base, she works on both sides of the docket in state and federal courts, at both trial court and appellate levels.

Michelle regularly represents Fortune 500 businesses, tech companies, municipalities, federally regulated banking institutions, developers, utilities, media companies, national retailers, insurers, and other publicly or privately held companies in matters involving breach of contract, unfair competition, fraud, misappropriation of trade secrets, breach of fiduciary duty, negligence and conspiracy.

Michelle is experienced both in drafting contracts and litigating cases involving land disputes, construction and design defects, valuation issues, bid protests, contractor defaults, termination, acceleration and delay claims, and indemnity matters. Michelle also has experience negotiating and drafting commercial leases and has represented owners and tenants in high profile lease related litigation.

Michelle represents clients on claims involving the Truth in Lending Act (TILA), Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA), Equal Credit Opportunity Act, Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), RICO, state consumer protection and unfair trade practices laws. She is also experienced litigating matters involving condemnation, mass tort, catastrophic losses, transportation, and telecommunications and license disputes.

Michelle routinely represents employers with respect to workplace claims arising from alleged violations under Title VII of the Human Rights Act, the ADEA, FMLA and the ADA.

Numerous decisions relating to Ms. Gambino’s representation of her clients have been published in Virginia, Maryland, Texas and the Fourth Circuit.


  • Complex commercial litigation
  • Real estate and land use litigation
  • Construction
  • Employment
  • Fiduciary litigation
  • Toxic torts



  • Successfully represented as lead counsel for Lord & Taylor LLC in a dispute with White Flint, L.P. in Maryland federal court. The jury awarded $31 million in damages to Lord & Taylor for its lost profits. The award is the largest verdict in the federal court in Greenbelt, Maryland. Lord & Taylor LLC et al. v. White Flint LP, case number 8:13-cv-01912, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland.
  • Served as co-lead counsel for one of the largest Fortune 500 financial institutions located in McLean, Virginia, in a dispute in Fairfax, Virginia relating to the construction and development of its headquarters campus. The institution’s development was a significant project that involved the construction of a large-scale mixed use complex. The case sought $120 million in damages against the financial institution for its development/density rights, but the Court dismissed the case in its entirety in the client’s favor.
  • Weber v. Domel, 48 S.W.3d 435, (Tex. App.—Waco 2001, no pet.). Represented client in the dismissal of negligence and punitive damage award.°
  • Ferrer v. Randall’s Food & Drug, Inc., No. 05-01-00070-CV, 2002 WL 922 139 (Tex. App. – Dallas 2002, no pet.). Upheld summary judgment obtained for client on an ERISA matter.°
  • Fairfax Company of Virginia, LLC v. Samson Realty, LLC, No. CL-2007-1269, 74 Va. Cir. 141 (Fairfax Cir. Ct.) (Sept. 2007). Granted client’s motion to strike defendant’s jury demand and upheld the validity of a contractual jury waiver clause.°
  • Best Medical Int’l., Inc. v. Wells Fargo, Inc., Nos. 2010-10997, 2010-9355, 2010-9414, 2011 Va. Cir. LEXIS 185 (Fairfax Cir. Ct.) (Dec. 2011). Granted client’s plea in bar after hearing evidence on the validity of a waiver clause.°

°The above representations were handled by Ms. Gambino prior to her joining Greenberg Traurig, LLP.

  • Planning and Zoning Commissioner, City of Georgetown, TX, 2002-2003
  • Board Member, City of Georgetown, TX, Zoning Board of Adjustment, 2001-2002


  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, Litigation - Banking and Finance, 2022
  • Team Member, U.S. News - Best Lawyers®, Best Law Firms Edition, "Law Firm of the Year," Real Estate - Litigation, 2017 and 2022
  • Team Member, U.S. News - Best Lawyers®, Best Law Firms Edition, "Law Firm of the Year," Banking & Finance - Litigation, 2017
  • Listed, National Law Journal, Top 100 Verdicts in 2015 – Lead Counsel for Lord & Taylor, LLC
  • Member, American Bar Association, 2013 to Present
    • Former Vice Chair, Trial Techniques Committee
  • Member, Federal Bar Association, 2012 to 2016
  • Member, State Bar of Texas, 1999 to Present
    • Member, Litigation Section, 2000 to 2013
    • Member, Construction, 2003 to 2013
    • Member, Employment Section, 2000 to 2009
  • Member, Virginia Bar Association, 2005 to Present
    • Member, Litigation Section, 2010 to Present
    • Member, Construction Section, 2010 to Present


  • 法務博士, cum laude, Baylor University School of Law
  • B.S., magna cum laude, Troy University
  • Virginia
  • コロンビア特別区
  • Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas