Michelle N. Tanney

Associate

New York
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Overview

With experience working at an international commodity futures exchange, Michelle Tanney brings a wealth of knowledge to her securities and governance litigation practice. Her involvement in regulatory compliance and disclosure informs her now-established securities practice that includes securities litigation, SEC investigations, and enforcement actions. Michelle also has in-house experience, having been seconded to a multi-billion dollar global investment firm in New York.

Applying her extensive experience and connections to her work, Michelle has a vested interest in the outcome of litigation and the resulting success of her clients.

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  • Currently involved in representing Irving H. Picard, Securities Investor Protection Act (SIPA) Trustee for the liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC, in connection with BakerHostetler’s role as court-appointed counsel.
  • Helped obtain favorable settlement of no bar or suspension for a former executive in a high-profile SEC insider trading case. The case was featured in the Wall Street Journal and New York Post.
  • Seconded to investment management company, working on structuring and offering domestic, Cayman, and European (UCITS) funds; project, rebate, and non-disclosure agreements; and various litigation and regulatory issues.

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Experience

  • Currently involved in representing Irving H. Picard, Securities Investor Protection Act (SIPA) Trustee for the liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC, in connection with BakerHostetler’s role as court-appointed counsel.
  • Helped obtain favorable settlement of no bar or suspension for a former executive in a high-profile SEC insider trading case. The case was featured in the Wall Street Journal and New York Post.
  • Seconded to investment management company, working on structuring and offering domestic, Cayman, and European (UCITS) funds; project, rebate, and non-disclosure agreements; and various litigation and regulatory issues.
  • Acting as co-counsel in a FINRA arbitration that saw an award of $2.4 million for a client in an action against an online brokerage firm, the largest award levied against said firm in company history. 
  • Acting as co-counsel in a federal hearing on damages against a former broker for violations of Section 10(b) of the SEC Exchange Act and Rule 10b-5 for alleged falsified financial disclosures. 
  • Helped win an appeal in state court that reversed a judge's decision on a motion to dismiss for lack of personal jurisdiction.

Recognitions and Memberships

Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • New York County Lawyers’ Association

Pro Bono

  • Manages the firm’s pro bono cases with the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund, specifically matters relating to the Name Change Project that assists transgender individuals in changing their legal name to reflect their gender identity. Accepted the “Freedom Award” on behalf of the firm in 2017.
  • Successfully obtained asylum for individual persecuted for their sexual orientation in native country.

Prior Positions

  • Chicago Mercantile Exchange: Government Relations and Regulatory Affairs
  • The Office of Senator Charles E. Schumer: Intern 
  • The Office of Senator Barbara Boxer: Intern

Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York
  • New York

Education

  • J.D., Albany Law School, 2012, National Order of the Barristers, Moot Court Executive Board
  • M.P.S., The George Washington University, 2009
  • B.A., The George Washington University, 2006

Blog

In The Blogs

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Blockchain Monitor
Governments, Ad Industry Explore Use Cases; Blockchain Firms Seek Financial Licenses
By Jonathan D. Blattmachr, Panida A. Pollawit, Michelle N. Tanney
June 8, 2018
In this issue: Governments Experiment With Blockchain for Elections, Banking and Visa Applications Advertising, Entertainment Industries Continue Investment in Blockchain Changing Approaches to Crypto Regulatory Licensing Governments...
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