Michael A. Paskin is a partner in Cravath's Litigation Department. He has a broad commercial litigation practice, which in recent years has focused on the representation of financial institutions and other corporations in securities, bankruptcy and antitrust cases. In addition, Mr. Paskin has extensive experience representing corporations and boards of directors in connection with internal investigations and external investigations by the SEC, DOJ and other governmental agencies.
Mr. Paskin is currently one of the Cravath partners serving as national coordinating counsel for JPMorgan Chase & Co. ("JPMC") and related entities (including former affiliates of Washington Mutual Bank and Bear Stearns) in connection with litigation in Federal and state courts across the country related to residential mortgage-backed securities ("RMBS"). As part of that work, in the In re Washington Mutual Mortgage Backed Securities Litigation Mr. Paskin successfully defeated plaintiffs' efforts to add JPMC as a defendant and argued on behalf of the WaMu defendants in obtaining one of a handful of decisions limiting RMBS class claims based on tranche-level standing.
Mr. Paskin is also currently representing another major international financial institution in connection with RMBS litigation issues.
In bankruptcy litigation, Mr. Paskin is currently representing Credit Suisse AG and several of its U.S. and non-U.S. subsidiaries, as creditors, in connection with the Lehman Brothers Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Also, in connection with the Tribune Company bankruptcy, Mr. Paskin is representing funds managed by Dimensional Fund Advisors that have been named as defendants in multiple proceedings to recover, as fraudulent transfers, payments received by shareholders in connection with the failed leveraged buyout of Tribune in 2007.
In 2012, Mr. Paskin was recognized by The Legal 500 for his work in financial services litigation and corporate restructuring litigation.
Mr. Paskin was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He received a B.A. cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania in 1992, and a J.D. from Fordham School of Law in 1995, where he was a member of the Law Review. Following graduation, Mr. Paskin served as law clerk to Hon. Paul J. Kelly, Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. He joined Cravath in 1996 and became a partner in 2003.