Michael A. Berlin

Michael A. Berlin

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Michael A. Berlin focuses his practice on financial and insurance regulatory investigations, white collar defense, Medicaid fraud investigations, government affairs, and general litigation matters.

Michael, in addition to his work before numerous state and federal authorities, has wide-ranging experience in front of both the New York Attorney General's office and the New York State Department of Financial Services, representing insurance and banking clients in both regulatory and investigatory matters. Michael also represents numerous health care providers in both federal and state Medicaid fraud investigations. He conducts internal investigations and represents a wide array of corporations and individuals in complex commercial litigation and challenges to government actions. In addition, Michael represents numerous companies in front of New York State agencies, including the Department of Environmental Conservation.

Michael served former New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo as Deputy Attorney General for Economic Justice and as Special Counsel to the Attorney General. As Deputy Attorney General, Michael supervised the office’s five economic bureaus: Investor Protection, Consumer Frauds, Antitrust, Internet and Real Estate Finance. In that capacity, he was responsible for strategic settlement, investigatory and litigation decisions, and also coordinated the office’s work on numerous matters with other state and federal authorities including the New York State Department of Insurance, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division.

Michael was Senior Policy Advisor and Counsel to Andrew Cuomo’s campaign for Attorney General. In that role, he advised the Attorney General candidate on all policy issues.

Prior to joining the firm, Michael was an associate with the New York-based boutique firm Morvillo, Abramowitz, Grand, Iason & Silverberg, where he focused on complex securities litigation and white collar criminal defense. He served as counsel to the House of Representative’s Committee on Education and the Workforce in its investigation of the 1996 Teamster’s election.

Concentrations

  • Regulatory investigations
  • Government affairs
  • Litigation
  • Medicaid fraud investigations
  • White collar criminal defense
  • Insurance regulatory matters
  • Securities investigations and litigation
  • Consumer frauds
  • Antitrust
  • Real estate

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Capabilities

Experience

  • Represented a process server trade organization in an Article 78 proceeding. The matter was resolved through New York City’s agreement to modify its regulations.
  • Represented major insurance companies in market conduct reviews before the Department of Financial Services.
  • Represented a major financial institution in a Department of Financial Services investigation.
  • Represented major medical institutions in Medicaid fraud investigations before both the Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General and the Office of the Medicaid Inspector General.
  • Oversaw a federal lawsuit against computer chip manufacturer alleging antitrust violations in the x86 microchip market.
  • Oversaw Martin Act litigation against former CEO and CFO of a major insurance company alleging the initiation of fraudulent transactions.
  • Oversaw the investigation of a major accounting firm for potential misconduct in the audit of large financial firm.
  • Oversaw the investigation of a major telecom company for fraudulent advertising, resulting in multimillion-dollar settlement.
  • Obtained substantial reforms in the insurance industry and recovered more than $1 billion for consumers as a result of an investigation and discovery of bid rigging and kickbacks by insurance brokers and companies.
  • Investigated and discovered major securities violations by AIG leading to a $1.2 billion settlement.
  • Led Attorney General's office delegation in statewide regulatory hearings of insurance regulations leading to new regulation on broker disclosure.

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

  • The Office of the New York State Attorney General, January 2007-December 2010
    • Deputy Attorney General for Economic Justice
    • Special Counsel to the Attorney General's Office
  • Assistant Attorney General, Investor Protection Bureau, April 2004-July 2006
  • Senior Policy Advisor and Counsel, Andrew Cuomo's Campaign for Attorney General, July 2006-December 2006
  • Counsel, House of Representatives Committee on Education and the Workforce, Washington, D.C., March 1998-January 1999

Recognition & Leadership

  • Team Member, Best Lawyers in America, "Top Listed – Government Relations," 2018
  • Team Member, BTI Power Rankings, “The 16 Strongest Firms for ‘Go-To Outside Counsel’ Insurance Work,” 2016
  • Team Member, U.S. News - Best Lawyers®, Best Law Firms Edition, "Law Firm of the Year," Environmental Law, 2016
  • Team Member, a U.S. News - Best Lawyers® "Government Relations Law Firm of the Year," 2014
  • Recipient, "Outstanding Performance," New York State Attorney General’s Award, 2007
  • Recipient, "Outstanding Assistant Attorney General," Louis J. Lefkowitz Memorial Award, 2006

Credentials

Education
  • J.D., New York University School of Law, 1996
    • Staff Editor, Review of Law and Social Change
  • M.S., Public Policy, Administration, The London School of Economics and Political Science, 1992
  • B.A., with honors, University of Michigan, 1991
Clerkships
  • Hon. Zita L. Weinshienk, U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado, 1999-2000
Admissions
  • New York
  • New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York