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I'm a business litigation attorney and Certified Fraud Examiner.  I represent corporate and individual clients in a wide range of civil litigation matters, including contract disputes, fraud cases, antitrust cases, and bankruptcy litigation.  I also defend clients in white collar criminal matters, conduct internal investigations, and advise clients in connection with government investigations.  I have a Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating of 5 out of 5 (AV Preeminent).


Practice areas


  1. White Collar Crime: 30%
  2. Litigation: 25%
  3. Lawsuits & Disputes: 25%
  4. Antitrust: 20%

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  • Glenn R Reiser

    I had the distinct pleasure of working with Michael on a complex litigation matter that lasted over a year. He is extremely hard working, knowledgeable, and conscientious. I highly recommend Michael.


    Glenn Reiser Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Alston & Bird LLP

101 South Tryon Street
Suite 4000
Charlotte, NC, 28280


NYCurrently registered 200203/07/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Peer Review Rating of 5 out of 5 (AV Preeminent)Martindale-HubbellN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerAlston & Bird, LLP2016 - Present
Senior AssociateAlston & Bird, LLP2011 - 2015
Managing MemberThe Law Office of Michael R. Hoernlein, PLLC2009 - 2011
Associate (Litigation)Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP2005 - 2008
Associate (Tax/Litigation)Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP2001 - 2005
Association namePosition nameDuration
Mecklenburg County Bar, Diversity CommitteeMember2015 - Present
Hemophilia of North CarolinaMember, Board of Directors2012 - Present
North Carolina Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Association of Certified Fraud ExaminersCFEN/A
Mecklenburg County Bar, Grievance CommitteeMember2012 - 2015
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Amato v. KPMGN/A
Alfano v. BDO Seidman LLPN/A
La Merced Produce LLC v. Y&E Foods, LLCN/A
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Publication nameTitleDate
Charlotte Business JournalPeople on the Move2016
Focus on Tax Controversy and LitigationTax Shelter Exception to Tax Practitioner Privilege Applies2008
Focus on Tax Controversy and LitigationComments on Proposed Section 6694 Regulations2008
ABA's The Practitioner's Guide to Biometrics (William S. Coats ed.)United States Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology Program2007
PR NewswireWeil, Gotshal & Manges LLP Advises Interactive Search Holdings in Agreement to be Acquired by Ask Jeeves2004
The Metropolitan Corporate CounselWeil Gotshal Advises on Aquisition2004
PR NewswireWeil, Gotshal & Manges LLP Advises MCI in Agreement to Sell Embratel to TELMEX2004
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
New York University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2001
Rutgers UniversityPhilosophyBA - Bachelor of Arts1998
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
CLE Panel PresentationEthics2016
Paralegal CLE ProgramInternal Investigations2015
ACC-Charlotte CLE ProgramInternal Investigations: Overview & Recurring Issues2015
ACC-Charlotte CLE ProgramSo You Got a Subpoena from the Government? Now What?2014
Charlotte Chapter, Association of Legal Administrators -- Spring SeminarOnline Social Networking Policies2010