Michael represents organizations and individuals in a wide variety of investigations and enforcement proceedings brought by federal and state government agencies. His practice focuses primarily on white collar criminal, civil, and administrative enforcement matters.

Michael is particularly experienced in matters involving the regulation of the health care industry (including academic medical centers and other providers, medical device companies, pharmaceutical manufacturers, pharmacy benefit managers, and health insurers), and of universities. Michael also conducts internal investigations and is experienced in the areas of securities enforcement, the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (F.C.P.A.), export and trade regulation, public corruption, and campaign finance law. He has defended numerous cases brought under the U.S. Civil False Claims Act, litigating these cases successfully against the government and relators in federal district court and the federal courts of appeals. He also represents clients in complex civil litigation. Michael uses his defense experience to assist clients with the design and implementation of compliance systems.

Prior to joining Verrill in January 2020, Michael was a partner in the Boston office of Latham & Watkins, LLP as a member of the White Collar Defense & Investigations Practice Group and the Litigation & Trial Department. Before joining Latham, Michael was a partner in the Boston office of Ropes & Gray, LLP, where he served as Co-practice Group Leader of the Government Enforcement and White Collar Practice Group. Earlier in his career, Michael was a prosecutor in the Public Integrity Section of the Criminal Division at the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., which he joined under the Attorney General’s Honors Program. In this role, Michael was responsible for grand jury investigations and prosecutions involving extortion, bribery, conflict of interest, and other crimes committed by public officials. He also served as Special Assistant United States Attorney in the Office of the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia (Alexandria Division), prosecuting crimes on federal lands, drug offenses, fraud, and homicide. Immediately following law school, Michael served as a Judicial Law Clerk for the Honorable A. David Mazzone, U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.



  • Boston College Law School  (magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, Alpha Sigma Nu)
    • Editor in Chief, Boston College Law Review
  • Boston College  (magna cum laude)

Public Service

  • Elected Moderator of Town Meeting, Needham, Massachusetts
  • Service on various nonprofit boards
  • Member of the Dean’s Advisory Board, Boston College Law School

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts


  • White Collar Crime Committee and Founding Member of the ABA Health Care Fraud Subcommittee, Criminal Justice Section, American Bar Association
  • Life Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • Boston Bar Association
  • Leadership Fellow, Boston Bar Foundation


  • AV® rated by Martindale-Hubbell (2001-present)
  • Recognized in Chambers USA as a Leading Lawyer for Business (2005-present)
  • Ranked in Band 1 for White Collar Crime & Government Investigations in Massachusetts by Chambers USA
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America© for Commercial Litigation and Criminal Defense: White Collar
  • Named the Best Lawyers in America© 2015 and 2020 Criminal Defense: White Collar “Lawyer of the Year” in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Named to the Massachusetts Super Lawyers© list (2004-2019)
  • Recognized by the International Who’s Who of Business Crime Lawyers (2007-present)
  • Inducted as a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America

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Court and Other Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Various U.S. Court of Appeals
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts

Firm Highlights


Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault Injury in the Workplace: Paths to Recovery in and Outside of Workers’ Compensation

Verrill counsel Elizabeth Connellan Smith recently co-authored “ Sexual Harassment And Sexual Assault Injury In The Workplace: Paths To Recovery In And Outside Of Workers’ Compensation ” for the American Bar Association Law Journal...


Jim Cohen Discusses “No Blank Checks” Citizen Initiative Before Maine Legislative Committee

Verrill Partner Jim Cohen was recently quoted in a Spectrum News article " Maine Ballot Initiative To Require Voter Approval For $1B Borrowing Gets Broad Support.” Maine LD 1772 is a citizen-initiated ballot question...


Verrill Welcomes Partner Andrew M. Walsh to Firm’s Business Law Group


Gag Clauses – New Guidance and Litigation Will Inform Compliance

Certain provisions of the Transparency in Coverage Final Regulations and the Consolidated Appropriation Act, 2021 (“CAA”) require group health plans and/or their vendors to report information to federal agencies. On December 31, 2023, group...


New Options for Retirement Plan Distributions Under SECURE 2.0

This post summarizes the new distribution options, including penalty-free withdrawals, applicable to defined contribution plans under the SECURE 2.0 Act of 2022 (“SECURE 2.0”) and provides a timeline of their effective dates. The new...


Successful Representation of Insurer before U.S. District Court for the District of Maine

Verrill successfully represented an insurer before the U.S. District Court for the District of Maine in an insurance coverage matter alleging that the insurer improperly denied a defense and indemnification to a landlord under...


Elections and Constitutional Law: Successfully Challenged Certification of Initiative Petition

In a victory for consumers and the ride-hailing public, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court recently barred the Secretary of State from placing on the November ballot initiative petitions proposed by companies such as Uber...


U.S. Tax Considerations When Buying Property Abroad with Ruth Mattson

Verrill partner Ruth Mattson was recently featured on The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel 's podcast series Trust and Estate Talk . In this podcast, U.S. Tax Considerations When Buying Property Abroad...


State Trademark Registration

The United States has two levels of trademark registration: state and federal. A state trademark registration is issued by a state office and protects a trademark only in that state, whereas a federal trademark...



Remember that old parody of the Battle Hymn of the Republic we used to sing before there was an Internet? There are apparently many versions, but they all generally involve children inflicting various types...

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