Michelle Behrens

Associate

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  • JD, Harvard Law School, 2011; Journal on Racial & Ethnic Justice
  • AB (Government), Harvard College, 2006

Qualifications

  • District of Columbia, 2015
  • New York, 2012
During law school, Michelle worked for the Children’s Defense Fund through the Child Advocacy Program. She was also a line editor of the Journal on Racial & Ethnic Justice and a subciter of the Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review.

Michelle Behrens

Associate

Michelle is an associate in the firm’s Litigation and Enforcement group. Michelle focuses her practice on anti-corruption, insider trading, and financial fraud investigations, as well as complex civil litigation. Michelle helps clients respond to government inquiries and helps clients proactively analyze and develop compliance programs. She maintains an active pro bono practice, representing juvenile and adult asylum seekers.

Prior to law school, Michelle taught elementary school in the South Bronx through Teach for America.

Experience

  • Represents a multi-national pharmaceutical company in an independent investigation related to allegations of corruption in China
  • Represents Fortune 500 U.S. technology company in connection with SEC and internal investigation into potential bribery and internal control violations in Thailand
  • Conducts pre-acquisition anti-corruption due diligence for corporate and private equity clients
  • Represented multinational oil & gas company in response to DOJ and SEC investigation into alleged conduct in Brazil
  • Represented financial services company in international investigation by numerous foreign and domestic regulators
  • Represented Cablevision in asserting antitrust claims against Viacom for illegally tying programming (S.D.N.Y.)
  • Assisted a multi-national pharmaceutical company conduct a comprehensive review of its anti-corruption policies
  • Represented investors in several residential mortgage-backed securities trusts in state and federal court
  • Represented individual plaintiffs and Equality Utah in constitutional challenge to Utah curriculum and school club laws, resulting in legislative amendment
  • Successful representation of an asylum seeker

Publications

  • “Theoretical Impact and Practical Effect of ‘Morrison’,” The Recorder (August 2010)
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