Michael Granne focuses his practice on cross-border and general commercial litigation and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) Investigations. Mr. Granne has represented foreign sovereigns and multinationals in a variety of disputes in U.S. courts, ranging from securities claims to breach of contract to enforcement of judicial and arbitral judgments, often involving Portuguese or Italian. Mr. Granne serves clients in all stages of litigation, including pre-suit investigation, discovery, motion practice, trial, post-trial motions and appeal.
Prior to Zuber Lawler & Del Duca, Mr. Granne practiced in the litigation departments of Wilmer Hale, and Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP.
He clerked for the Honorable Walter K. Stapleton on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and is fluent in Portuguese, Italian and Cape Verdean Crioulo and proficient in Spanish. Mr. Granne was also a law professor for several years, teaching Civil Procedure and International Civil Litigation and Arbitration, among other courses.
- Represented multinational in FCPA investigation of potential bribes in relation to procurement contracts in Europe and the Middle East
- Investigated payments to Brazilian tax authorities for alleged FCPA violations, including interviews and document collection in English and Portuguese
- Represented bank in FCPA investigation of potential illicit benefits to Chinese officials
- Defended multinational bank from RICO and claw-back claims from Madoff Ponzi scheme
- Defended multinational bank from class-actions regarding investments in Madoff Ponzi scheme
- Represented Mexico in Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act (FSIA) litigation, regarding Mexico’s resolution of savings funds from the braceros program
- Represented Republic of Congo regarding the garnishment of Congolese oil revenue in Texas
- Represented multinational in fraud regarding misrepresentations of chemical characteristics and fitness-for-use and breach of contract dispute
- Defining “Organ of a Foreign State” under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act of 1976, 42 U.C. DAVIS L. REV. 1 (2008)
- Two-Dimensional Federalism and Foreign Affairs Preemption, 44 VAL. U. L. REV. 863 (2010)
- Does the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act Allow Suits Against Individual Government Officials?, 37 PREVIEW U.S. SUP. CT. CAS. 243 (2010)
- Does Sovereign Immunity Shield Iraq from Paying for Human Rights and Other Abuses of the Hussein Regime?, 36 PREVIEW U.S. SUP. CT. CAS. 400 (2009)
Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Cape Verdean Crioulo
Columbia Law School
Honors: Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar; Michael Sovern Scholar
B.A., 1997, magna cum laude
U.S. District Court - Southern District of NY
U.S. District Court - Eastern District of NY
U.S. Court of Appeals - Third Circuit