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Michael Charles Rakower

Michael Charles Rakower

Practice areas:

Litigation, Appeals, Arbitration

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 2000

  1. Litigation: 75%
    5 years
  2. Appeals: 15%
    5 years
  3. Arbitration: 10%
    5 years

Attorney Endorsements

4 total 

  • Stephen A. Bornstein

    Michael is the litigator I reflexively consult when faced with a tricky contract issue that could disadvantage my client in the event of a dispute. He reads the situation quickly and offers both resourceful and practical advice. I am delighted to endorse him.

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    Stephen Bornstein Financial Markets and Services Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Michael A. Bottar

    Mike has a keen legal mind, exceptional work ethic, and a sterling reputation.

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    Michael Bottar Medical Malpractice Attorney
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Contact Info

Rakower Lupkin PLLC

488 Madison Avenue, 18th Floor
New York, NY, 10022

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License

StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
NYCurrently registered 200003/13/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Awards

Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Super LawerThomson Reuters2014
Panel Judge for 2014 Rising StarsAmerican Lawyer Media2014
Lawyer Limelight: Michael RakowerLawdragon2014
50 Law Firms Professionals Should Know AboutThe New Yorker Magazine2014
Super LawyerThomson Reuters2013
Client Distinction AwardMartindale-Hubbell2013
Certified E-Discovery SpecialistAssociation of Certified E-Discovery Specialists2013
Panel Judge for 2013 Rising StarsAmerican Lawyer Media2013
Rising Star, New York Metropolitan EditionSuper Lawyers2011
Top Eight "Up and Coming Lawyers" in the NationLawyers USA2007
Outstanding Young Lawyer AwardNew York State Bar Association2006

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Managing PartnerRakower Lupkin PLLC2012 - Present
PrincipalLaw Office of Michael C. Rakower, P.C.2005 - 2012
Of CounselThe Law Office of Gordon Mehler, P.L.L.C.2005 - 2012
Senior Law Clerk to The Hon. Richard C. WesleyU.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit2003 - 2005
Of CounselThe Legal Aid Society, Prisoner's Rights Project2003 - 2003
Legal Researcher, Office of the ProsecutorUnited Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda2002 - 2003
AssociateLatham & Wakins1999 - 2002

Associations

Association NamePosition NameDuration
New York State Bar Association, Commercial and Federal Litigation SectionExecutive Committee, Co-Chair of Federal Procedure Committee2011 - Present
American Friends of the Kigali Public LibraryBoard Member, Vice President (2011-)2003 - Present
New York State Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Federal Bar CouncilN/AN/A
Federal Bar Council American Inn of CourtN/AN/A

Publications

Publication NameTitleDate
New York State Bar Association Section NewsletterThe Section Reports on Proposed Amendments to Federal Rules and Appendix of Forms2013
NYSBA Commercial and Federal Litigation SectionReport on District Court Review of Magistrate Judge's Reports and Recommendations: Should Arguments Not Previously Made to the Magistrate Judge Be Considered (group authorship; M. Rakower co-chair of Federal Procedure Committee)2013
NYSBA Commercial and Federal Litigation SectionReport on Proposed Amendments to Federal Rules of Civil Procedure 1, 4, 16, 26, 30, 31, 33, 34, 36, 37, 84 and Appendix of Forms (group authorship; M. Rakower co-chair of Federal Procedure Committee)2013
New York Law JournalGuidance on Proposed Federal Rules2013
NYSBA Commercial and Federal Litigation SectionReport on Proposed Amendments to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 45 (group authorship; M. Rakower co-chair of Federal Procedure Committee)2012
NYSBA Commercial and Federal Litigation SectionWhether the Heightened Pleading Requirements of Twombly and Iqbal Apply to Pleading Affirmative Defenses (group authorship; M. Rakower co-chair of Federal Procedure Committee)2012
NYSBA Commercial and Federal Litigation SectionRule 5 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Should Be Revised to Allow for Electronic Service of Papers Without Prior Consent (group authorship; M. Rakower co-chair of Federal Procedure Committee)2012
NY LitigatorThe Supreme Court's Proximate Cause Analysis Under RICO: A Distinction Between Direct and Forseeable Harm2011
Clemens Nathan Research CentreMyanmar or Burma: Can the West Help2011
New York Law JournalRICO Damages After Set-Off: Treble vs. Double Recoveries2008
To Oppose Any Foe: The Legacy of U.S. Intervention in VietnamThe Khmer Rouge: An Analysis of One of the World's Most Brutal Regimes2006

Education

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of VirginiaLawJD - Juris Doctor1999
University of PennsylvaniaN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1993

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Fordham University School of LawBuilding and Managing a Small Law firm2014
Fordham University School of LawBuilding and Managing a Small Law Firm2012
Fordham University School of LawBuilding and Managing a Small Law Firm2011
Practical Law InstituteWall Street Meltdown Puts Boards on the "Hot Seat"2009
New York State Bar AssociationCivil RICO: Legal Overview and Tactical Considerations2007
New York State Bar AssociationCivil RICO: Legal Overview and Tactical Considerations2006
Albany Law SchoolInternational Criminal Law and the Role of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda2006
New York City Bar AssociationEmployment Litigation Under Title VII: Racial Slurs in the Workplace2005
Federal Bar CouncilHeroes of the Bar: A Salute to Pro Bono Achievements2005