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Michael Shuster Named a Top 100 Trial Lawyer for 2024 by Benchmark Litigation


New York— Benchmark Litigation has recognized Michael Shuster as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer for 2024. Published annually, this list includes partners across the country who are “venerated by peers and clients as being the best in breed at the nuanced practice of trial law.” The full list is available here.

Recognized on Benchmark Litigation’s latest shortlist for General Commercial Litigator of the Year as well, Mike is widely and generously praised by the industry. He has been ranked by Chambers USA as a leading litigator for 18 consecutive years, with sources noting he is the “quintessential lead trial lawyer” who “leads by example and excels not only in case strategy but in oral argument and overall court presence.” Clients report that Mike “has the right style and charisma for a courtroom litigator,” is “fantastic with clients,” and “has super judgment” which they trust “implicitly.”

Throughout his career, Mike has been at the forefront of numerous high-profile litigations. For instance, Mike currently serves as national lead trial counsel to Visa in multibillion-dollar antitrust class actions and opt-out litigation challenging network rules at the heart of the Visa system, and to Chubb in highly contested coverage litigation throughout the United States relating to the manufacture, distribution, and dispensation of opioids. Mike and his team recently secured major summary judgment victories for Chubb in cases opposite CVS and McKesson.

Mike was a leader in RMBS securities litigation following the bursting of the housing bubble in 2007-08, and his groundbreaking advocacy recovered billions of dollars for plaintiffs in cases that determined financial responsibility for massive losses stemming from toxic home loans. His team recovered $2.4 billion in a single trial in the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy. 

Among other recent matters, Mike and his team filed a complaint in Delaware state court on behalf of private-equity group H.I.G. seeking damages for accounting fraud in a billion-dollar transaction. Over his career, he has represented clients including Banco Santander, BNY, Credit Lyonnais, Comcast, Croatia, HSBC, Kenneth Cole, Landoil, MacAndrews & Forbes, MGM, Och-Ziff, Raytheon, Royal Bank of Canada, Saudi Refining, Swiss Bank, Tetragon, UBS, Univision, and a preeminent law firm facing claims brought by Carl Icahn.


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