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Michael J. Lane is a partner in the firm’s Commercial Litigation department. He has over 30 years of practice experience as a litigator.  He has tried cases, argued appeals and represented clients in a wide range of domestic and international disputes involving commercial, securities, intellectual property, insurance, employment, and real estate issues. Michael has conducted international arbitrations for clients from Europe, North America and South America, and he has acted as an arbitrator with the London Court of International Arbitration.

Prior to joining the firm, Michael practiced at the law firm of Anderson Kill & Olick, P.C. (the same firm where he began his legal career in 1985). He previously established the litigation practice at Roberts, Sheridan & Kotel, P.C., where he was senior litigation partner until 2001. Prior to joining Sheridan & Kotel, P.C., Michael was associated with Cahill Gordon & Reindel from 1987 to 1992, and with Hertzog, Calamari & Gleason from 1993 to 1995.

In addition to his legal practice, Michael is an Adjunct Professor at Fordham University School of Law, where he has taught since 1993.

Practice Areas



  • Connecticut
  • New York
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York


  • J.D., Fordham University School of Law, J.D. 1985
  • A.B., Columbia College, Columbia University, A.B. 1981

Representative Experience

  • Marks v. Marks, 2014 WL 1398238 (N.Y.Sup.) No. 650777/2013, April 7, 2014, reported in New York Law Journal April 29, 2014.
  • Cardell v. Suchodolski Associates, Inc., 261 F. Appx. 324, 2008 WL 214022 (2d Cir. 2008), (U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit Appeal affirming anti-suit injunction).
  • Freeman v. Kmart Corporation, 2007 WL 1576463 (E.D. Pa 2007), (Judgment on the pleadings dismissing discrimination claim).
  • O Zon Inc. v. Charles, 272 F. Supp. 2d 307 (S.D.N.Y. 2003), Dismissal of trade dress infringement action).
  • The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company v. Tapps Supermarkets, Inc., 721 N.Y.S. 2d 834 (2d Dep’t 2001), (Affirmance of dismissal of commercial lessee’s claims).
  • Roberts v. Karimi, 79 F. Supp. 2d 174 (E.D.N.Y. 1999), (Post-trial affirmance of jury verdict in real estate litigation).
  • Goldwasser v. Geller, 684 N.Y.S. 2d 210 (1st Dep’t 1999), (Post-trial affirmance of Court’s calculation of damages award).
  • Moss v. Prudential-Bache Securities, Inc., 581 A.2d 1138 (Del. 1990), (Affirmance of confirmation of arbitration award under the Federal Arbitration Act).
  • Ente Nazionale Idrocarburi v. Prudential Securities Group, Inc., 744 F. Supp. 450 (S.D.N.Y. 1990), (Dismissal of claims made by foreign business entity on jurisdiction and forum non conveniens grounds).
  • Testimony at the Hearings before the Subcommittee on Criminal Justice, House Committee on the Judiciary (RICO Reform) 99th Cong., 1st & 2nd Sess. 1558-1583 (April 1986): Statement of Michael J. Lane, Esq. – “The Need for an Express Civil RICO Statute of Limitations.”

Professional and Community Activities

  • Member, New York State Bar Association
  • Member, New York City Bar Association

Honors and Awards

  • Adjunct Teacher of the Year, Fordham University School of Law, 2017
  • Super Lawyers, 2013 – 2021
  • Recipient, the 2011 David S. Stoner Uncommon Counselor Award from the Dave Nee Foundation
  • Recognized by Federal Bar Council for pro bono representation of family of New York City Firefighter killed in the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks, September 30, 2004


  • “On January 1, 2009 the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 Became Effective,” (with Bennett Pine and Carrie Maylor) Human Resources 10/11, Annual Editions (McGraw-Hill 2010).
  • “Employers Beware! Changes to the ADA May Expose You to Additional Enforcement Actions and Lawsuits,” (with Bennett Pine), AKO Employment Law Insider (December 30, 2008).
  • “Serve No Complaint Before Its Time: Owners of Intellectual Property Rights Should Be Patient in Filing Claims to Protect Their Holdings,” (with Daniel J. Healy), Anderson Kill & Olick, Commercial Litigation Advisor (Winter 2004).
  • “New York Civil Practice,” (Participating Author) Weinstein, Korn & Miller (Matthew Bender) (1996-1997).
  • “Rules of Construction in Insurance Policies,” (co-author), Practicing Law Institute (1989).
  • “Civil RICO: A Call for a Uniform Statute of Limitations,” 13 Fordham Urban Law Journal 205 (1985).