Robert E. Michael
J.D., New York University School of Law
Robert E. Michael is the Managing Member of Robert E. Michael & Associates PLLC, a law firm that engages in general corporate, M&A, and commercial litigation representations. He also has a focus on cross-border workouts and bankruptcies, representing offshore corporate clients either with claims against, or an interest in investing in, U.S. entities in financial difficulty. As a lawyer and banker, he has worked on transactions involving over 50 countries.
Michael is a frequent lecturer on both the basic tenets of Islamic law and finance and the divisions among the Sunni, the Shi'a and the Salafists, primarily at the New York City Bar Association and law schools. In addition to being an Adjunct Professor of Law at Pace University Law School, teaching “Law and Finance” to international L.L.M. candidates, mostly from Saudi Arabia, he has been a regular guest lecturer at the United States Military Academy at West Point on Islamic finance and International Business Transactions. He has appeared frequently in the Saudi Arabian business press, and is the co-author of “Iflas and Chapter 11 - Classical Islamic Law and Modern Bankruptcy,” in The International Lawyer. In 2010, Michael had the unique opportunity to be the first non-diplomat invited to address the Ambassadors of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (then the Organization of the Islamic Conference) at the United Nations. His speech was entitled Islamic Finance in Relation to Capitalism and Socialism.
Michael, is a graduate of Brown University and New York University School of Law; is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation; and has headed a Workout/Restructure Department in a commercial bank (Manufacturers Hanover); an investment bank (Paribas Corporation); and a law firm (Windels, Marx, Davies & Ives). He was also a partner of the international law firm Morrison & Foerster LLP, heading its bankruptcy practice in New York City. Besides being appointed the inaugural Chair of the new Committee on Middle Eastern and North African Affairs of the New York City Bar Association, he is a Member of its Council on International Affairs and a former Chair of its Committee on Foreign and Comparative Law. He is also the former Chair of the Islamic Law Committee of the American Branch of the International Law Association.