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Michael J. Garvey
 

Michael J. Garvey

Partner
 
425 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10017 
 
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Mike Garvey, Co-Head of Simpson Thacher’s Business Litigation Practice, represents the Firm’s institutional clients in a wide range of high stakes commercial disputes and international arbitrations, including shareholder litigation, antitrust litigation, M&A litigation, cross-border litigation, insurance/reinsurance matters and internal investigations. His clients include KKR, L3Harris, Berkshire Hathaway, Gardaworld, PAAMCO Prisma, Amneal Pharmaceuticals, BC Partners, Apax, Alinda and Aquiline. Mike is consistently recognized by The Legal 500 U.S. and has been recognized as a national “Litigation Star” by Euromoney’s Benchmark Litigation. He has an active pro bono practice, including advising the Natural Resources Defense Council and advocating for prisoners’ rights, and serves on the Board of Legal Services NYC.

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Work Highlights
  • Securing Kentucky Supreme Court win for client PAAMCO Prisma that dismissed for lack of constitutional standing claims purportedly seeking billions of dollars in damages on behalf of the state pension system 
  • Obtaining dismissal with prejudice of high stakes class action antitrust suit against client Tradeweb
  • Obtaining dismissal with prejudice of class action ERISA lawsuit against client L3Harris and successfully resolving related shareholder and regulatory claims
  • Obtaining dismissal with prejudice of a class action suit against the Special Committee of one of the world’s largest publicly traded REITs
  • Representing KKR in international arbitration and related cross-border litigation in connection with claims by KKR alleging fraudulent breach of representations and warranties
  • Defending and advising AIG’s Board of Directors in a derivative action brought by the former CEO of AIG against the United States Government as well as in shareholder suits brought in the aftermath of the subprime crisis
  • Representing the Special Committee of General Growth Properties in state and federal litigation arising from its $9.25 billion acquisition by Brookfield Property Partners

Accolades
  • The Legal 500 U.S.
  • Euromoney’s Benchmark Litigation, National and New York “Litigation Star”
  • Super Lawyers, “Rising Star”
Education
  • St. John’s University School of Law, 1998 J.D.
    cum laude; St. John's Law Review (1996–1998)
  • State University of New York at Geneseo, 1995 B.A.
    cum laude
Associations
  • Legal Services NYC, Board Member
  • American Bar Association
  • New York City Bar Association
Clerkships
  • Hon. Albert M. Rosenblatt, New York State Court of Appeals, 1999–2001
Admissions
  • New York 1999
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York 2001
  • U.S. Court of International Trade 2009
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit 

Michael J. Garvey is Co-Head of the Firm's Business Litigation Practice and a member of the Firm’s Litigation Department in the New York office. Mike is a general commercial litigator and experienced crisis manager who represents the Firm’s institutional clients in a wide range of high stakes, complex commercial disputes.

His clients include KKR, L3Harris, Berkshire Hathaway, Gardaworld, PAAMCO Prisma, Amneal Pharmaceuticals, BC Partners, Apax, Alinda and Aquiline.

Mike defends Firm clients in all different forms of investor-related suits and class actions. He recently obtained from the Kentucky Supreme Court a decision dismissing derivative claims against his client that sought billions of dollars in damages. He won early dismissals with prejudice of an antitrust class action suit against Tradeweb, an ERISA class action against L3Harris and a class action suit in Delaware Chancery Court against the Special Committee of the Board of one of the world’s largest publicly traded REITs.

Mike continues to be involved in the largest insurance and reinsurance-related litigations around the world. He is defending multiple insurers in policyholder lawsuits seeking coverage in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic. He represents Berkshire Hathaway in a large False Claims Act case relating to Medicare reimbursement issues. Among many other cases, Mike was on the team that successfully tried to a verdict Swiss Re’s claim against WTC leaseholder Larry Silverstein that the 9/11 terrorist attack was one occurrence under Silverstein’s $3.5 billion insurance policy.

Firm clients look to Mike to navigate a wide array of other complex disputes and crises. He represents both plaintiffs and defendants in complex cross-border litigation and arbitration, M&A litigation, trademark infringement, contract disputes, bankruptcy litigation and product liability work. Mike also has an active pro bono practice. He regularly represents the Natural Resource Defense Council and serves on the Board of Queens Legal Services, one of the largest providers of civil legal services to low-income people in the United States.

Mike is consistently recognized by The Legal 500 U.S. and Euromoney’s Benchmark Litigation as a national and New York “Litigation Star” in Insurance.

Mike joined Simpson Thacher in 1998, served as a law clerk to the Hon. Albert M. Rosenblatt, a judge on the New York Court of Appeals, from 1999–2001, returned to the Firm in 2001 and became a partner in 2006. He graduated cum laude from the State University of New York at Geneseo in 1995 with a dual degree in English and Music. He graduated cum laude from St. John’s University School of Law in 1998 where he served on Law Review.

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