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Michael, a Partner, and Co Chair in the Firm’s Government Enforcement & White Collar Defense Group.

As an Assistant United States Attorney, Michael tried nearly a dozen cases to verdict – resulting in convictions of all defendants in every case. As a prosecutor, Michael concentrated in economic crimes including securities fraud, health care fraud, corruption, tax fraud, and bank fraud. Attorney General Janet Reno awarded Michael the 1996 John Marshall Award, the U.S. Department of Justice’s highest award for trial work. He received this honor for his successful work in prosecuting what then-FBI Director Louis J. Freeh hailed as “the largest commercial bribery case in the history of the Department of Justice,” involving 22 former executives with American Honda Motor Company and some of the country’s largest automobile dealers. The prosecution culminated in a four-month jury trial that resulted in the conviction of two former American Honda senior executives of RICO violations, conspiracy and various other fraud charges.

Since leaving the government, Michael has distinguished himself in trying high-stakes business disputes and white collar criminal cases, including several recent wins against the U.S. Department of Justice. He has served as lead counsel in over four dozen trials in Federal and State courts throughout New England, as well as in New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Tennessee and Florida. Michael’s accomplishments as a trial lawyer led to his induction into the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Michael has successfully represented senior executives of publicly traded companies and others in SEC investigations and enforcement actions involving allegedly fraudulent disclosures, insider trading, revenue recognition issues, options back-dating, market timing, and various regulatory violations, including prevailing against the SEC at the U.S. District Court level and before the First Circuit Court of Appeals.

Michael also has extensive experience in defending pharma executives, academic medical centers and various other health care providers in grand jury investigations and False Claims Act prosecutions. Michael provides guidance to corporate officers and boards of directors on various issues involving the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, voluntary and mandatory disclosures, and public relations, among others. Michael is currently defending a global pharmaceutical company in connection with an investigation of alleged fraudulent marketing practices of opioid medications; a non-profit patient assistance fund being investigated for Anti-Kickback Statute and tax violations; and several pharma executives being investigated for off-label marketing, Anti-Kickback violations and securities fraud.

Michael regularly conducts large-scale internal and independent investigations into billing issues and various forms of possible criminal, unlawful and unethical conduct, including highly publicized sexual abuse scandals involving several prominent boarding schools, a world-renowned professional sports organization and other entities.

Experience

Michael’s two most recent trials against the Boston U.S. Attorney’s Office resulted in the juries acquitting his clients on all charges (one involved allegations that his client issued prescriptions for opioids in the absence of medical necessity, and the other involved wire fraud and conspiracy charges in connection with a casino development). A third recent health care trial resulted in a hung jury and a mistrial.

Michael has also convinced federal and state prosecutors to decline prosecution in many cases and has secured voluntary dismissals of indictments against corporations and individuals, including the following examples:

  • The dismissal of mail fraud charges against the public contractor that installed the ceiling panel in the I-90 Connector Tunnel to Logan Airport [as part of a project known as “the Big Dig”) that collapsed, fatally injuring a motorist (United States v. Modern Continental, No. 08 cr. 10183-DPW (D. Mass.)]
  • The dismissal of immigration fraud charges against a recruiter in the hotel industry [United States v. Kirsch, No. 1:14-cr-131-01/02-JD (D.N.H.)]
  • The dismissal of ERISA fraud and mail fraud charges against an asbestos remediation contractor [United States v. Air Quality Experts, Inc., No. 16 cr. 10014 (D. Mass.)]

Michael has served as lead counsel in dozens of False Claims Act cases, achieving the following outcomes:

  • The dismissal of a qui tam case brought against one of the largest public contractors in New England on a Rule 12(b)(6) motion
  • Numerous declinations by federal prosecutors following protracted investigations
  • Agreements with federal prosecutors to return overpayments to CMS without any further government action
  • Agreements with federal prosecutors to close False Claims Act investigations and resolve overpayment issues based on common law theories only, such as unjust enrichment

Reported Cases

  • Fialkov v. Microsoft Corp., 72 F. Supp. 3d 1220 (W.D. Wash. 2014), aff’d, 692 F. App’x 491 (9th Cir. 2017)
  • United States v. Thompson, 229 F. Supp. 3d 91 (D. Mass. 2017)
  • State v. Actavis Pharma, Inc., 167 A.3d 1277 (N.H. 2017)
  • United States v. Thompson, 229 F. Supp. 3d 91 (D. Mass. 2017)
  • United States v. Gattineri et al, 1:14CR10284-NMG (2016)
  • SEC v. Andrade, 157 F. Supp. 3d 124 (D.R.I. 2016)
  • United States v. Denunzio, 123 F. Supp. 3d 135 (D. Mass. 2015)
  • ACQIS, LLC v. EMC Corp., 109 F. Supp. 3d 352 (D. Mass. 2015)
  • United States v. Pliner et al, 1:11CR10070-PBS (2015)
  • Bower v. El-Nady, 962 F. Supp. 2d 368 (D. Mass. 2013)
  • Michelin North Am., Inc. v. Inter-City Tire & Auto Ctr., Inc., 2013 U.S. Lexis 120635 (D.S.C. 2013)
  • United States v. Zolot, 2013 U.S. Dist. Lexis 129690 (D. Mass. 2013)
  • Milford-Bennington R.R. Co. v. Pan Am Rys., Inc., 695 F.3d 175 (1st Cir. 2012)
  • Bower v. El-Nady, 847 F. Supp. 2d 266 (D. Mass. 2012)
  • Rubio v. Rubio, 964 N.Y.S. 2d 62 (N.Y. Sup. Ct. 2012)
  • Grand Circle, LLC v. CCO Investment Services Corp., No. 09-06454, 2010 NASD Arb. LEXIS 1412 (NASD Arb. 2010)
  • State v. Breed, 159 N.H. 61 (2009)
  • Hall v. Brooks, No. 08-00101, 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 54378 (D. N.H. 2009)
  • In re Publ’n Paper Antitrust Litig., No. 04-1631, 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 66654 (D. Conn. 2009)
  • GT Solar, Inc. v. Goi, No. 08-249, 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 97108 (D. N.H. 2009)
  • SEC v. Papa, 555 F.3d 31 (1st Cir. 2009)
  • New England Southern R.R. Co. v. Boston & Me. Co., 2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 105580 (D.N.H. December 31, 2008)
  • United States v. Quriaishi, 2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 77387 (D. Mass. March 5, 2008)
  • Kolancian v. Snowden 532 F.Supp.2d (D. Mass. 2008)
  • United States v. Shanahan, 2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 61124 (D.N.H. August 15, 2007)
  • United States v. Mason, 497 F.Supp.2d 328 (D.R.I. 2007)
  • SEC v. Durgarian, 477 F.Supp.2d 342 (D. Mass. 2007)
  • United States v. Urciuoli, 470 F.Supp.2d 109 (D.R.I. 2007)
  • Enterasys Networks, Inc. v. DNPG, LLC, 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 42225 (D.N.H. June 12, 2006)
  • United States v. Guerrette, 389 F. Supp.2d 10 (D.Me. 2005)
  • United States v. Mikutowicz, 365 F.3d 65 (1st Cir. 2004)
  • In re Tyco Intern., Ltd., 340 F.Supp.2d 94 (D.N.H. 2004)
  • In re Tyco Intern., Inc. Multidistrict Litigation (MDL 1335), 2004 WL 556715 (D.N.H. March 19, 2004)
  • Rooney v. Walt Disney World Co., 2003 WL 22937728 (D. Mass. November 25, 2003)
  • Chrysler Corporation v. Chaplake Holdings, Ltd., 822 A.2d 1024 (Del. 2003)
  • Champion Exposition Services, Inc. v. Hi-Tech Electric, 273 F.Supp.2d 172 (D. Mass. 2003)
  • United States v. Mikutowicz, 2003 WL 21857885 (D. Mass.)
  • United States v. Mikutowicz, 2002 WL 31528324 (D.Mass.)
  • Burling v. Chandler, 804 A.2d 471 (N.H. 2002)
  • Waters v. Walt Disney World Company, 237 F.Supp.2d 162 (D.R.I. 2002)
  • Chaplake Holdings, Ltd. v. Chrysler Corporation, 766 A.2d 1 (Del. 2001)
  • Coakley Landfill Group v. IT Corporation, 116 F.Supp.2d 244 (D.N.H. 2002)
  • United States v. Shea, 211 F.3d 658 (1st Cir. 2000) (Trial Counsel Only)
  • Chaplake Holdings, Ltd. v. Chrysler Corporation, 1999 WL 167834 (Del.Super.)
  • United States v. Shea, 957 F.Supp. 331 (D.N.H. 1997)
  • United States v. Joselyn, 99 F.3d 1182 (1st Cir. 1996)
  • United States v. Conway, 81 F.3d 15 (1st Cir. 1996)
  • United States v. Cardiges, 881 F.Supp. 717 (D.N.H. 1995)
  • Thomas v. American Cyanamid Company, 7 F.3d 235 (6th Cir. 1993) (Trial counsel only)
  • United States v. McCoy, 977 F.2d 706 (1st Cir. 1992)
  • United States v. Desmarais, 938 F.2d 347 (1st Cir. 1991)

Credentials

Work Experience

  • Hinckley Allen
    • Co Chair, Government Enforcement & White Collar Defense Group
    • Partner (1998-Present)

Honors & Awards

  • Best Lawyers of America® (2005-2020)
    • Lawyer of the Year (2015)
    • Recognized for Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, and Criminal Defense: White-Collar
  • Super Lawyers, Massachusetts (2004-2006, 2008-2019)
  • New Hampshire Magazine, Granite State's Ideal Attorneys, Federal Criminal Law category (2003-2008)
  • Boston College Alumni Association's Award of Excellence in Law (1997)
  • United States Attorney General's John Marshall Award for Excellence in Trial Work (1996)
  • American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow
  • Chambers USA America's Leading Lawyers for the categories of Litigation: General Commercial and White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations
  • Martindale-Hubbell® AV Peer Review Rating, Recipient

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
    • Litigation Section
    • Criminal Justice Section
  • American College of Trial Lawyers, State Committee Member
  • Boston Bar Association, Litigation and Criminal Sections
    • Litigation Section
    • Criminal Section
  • Federal Court Advisory Committee, U.S. District Court, District of New Hampshire
  • First Circuit Advisory Committee on Rules

Bar Memberships

  • Massachusetts, 1998
  • New Hampshire, 2000
  • New York, 1985
  • United States Court of Appeals, First Circuit (1991), Second Circuit (2009)
  • United States District Court, District of Massachusetts, 1998
  • United States District Courts, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, 1986
  • United States Supreme Court, 2004

News & Insight

Publication

Sexual Misconduct Allegations: Prompt, Thorough and Coordinated Response and Prevention Strategies Are Critical

December 21, 2017

In today’s environment, following the almost daily allegations and revelations of sexual misconduct in media, government, academia, and the private sector, it is clear that no industry, and no company or organization, is immune from these incidents.  Th…

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Jury Clears Trio Charged In $1.6B Wynn Casino Land Deal

April 29, 2016
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DOJ's New Policy Against Corporate Fraud

September 15, 2015

On September 9, 2015, the U. S. Department of Justice announced a new mandate that will potentially affect criminal and civil investigations and prosecutions across all industries. Specifically, Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates issued a memo (“Yates M…

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Michelin Can't Escape Tire Price Discrimination Claims

June 3, 2014
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Tennis Hall of Fame Removes Hewitt

November 15, 2012

Disgraced tennis star Bob Hewitt was suspended indefinitely from the International Tennis Hall of Fame Thursday, following a lengthy investigation into allegations that he sexually abused underage girls he coached, from Greater Boston to his South African …

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Firm News

33 Hinckley Allen Attorneys Recognized as 2019 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

November 4, 2019

Hinckley Allen is pleased to announce that Super Lawyers has selected 33 Hinckley Allen attorneys as Super Lawyers and Rising Stars. Each year, no more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to rece…

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56 Hinckley Allen Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers in America 2020

August 15, 2019

Only one lawyer in each specialty in each region is honored as a “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers®. Since its first publication in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers compi…

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Chambers USA 2019 Ranks Hinckley Allen Attorneys and Practices

April 25, 2019

Hinckley Allen is proud to announce that the 2019 edition of Chambers USA has recognized several of the firm’s practice areas and attorneys for their outstanding work.Chambers USA rankings are based on extensive in-depth interviews with attorneys and cli…

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38 Hinckley Allen Attorneys Recognized as 2018 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

October 18, 2018

The Super Lawyers has selected 38 Hinckley Allen attorneys as Super Lawyers and Rising Stars. Each year, no more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor.Super Lawyers, a Thomson…

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51 Hinckley Allen Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers in America 2019

August 15, 2018

Hinckley Allen is pleased to announce that Best Lawyers® has recognized 51 attorneys in the 2019 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®, including seven “Lawyers of the Year.” Only one lawyer in each specialty in each region is honored as a “La…

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Chambers USA 2018 Ranks Hinckley Allen Attorneys and Practices

May 3, 2018

Hinckley Allen is proud to announce that the 2018 edition of Chambers USA has recognized several of the firm’s practice areas and attorneys for their outstanding work.Chambers USA rankings are based on extensive in-depth interviews with attorneys and cli…

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Hinckley Allen Attorneys Recognized as 2017 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

October 18, 2017

The Super Lawyers has selected 39 Hinckley Allen attorneys as Super Lawyers and Rising Stars. Each year, no more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor.Super Lawyers, a Thomson…

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52 Hinckley Allen Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers of America

August 18, 2017

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Chambers USA 2017 Ranks Hinckley Allen Attorneys and Practices

May 26, 2017

The Chambers USA 2017 edition, has named 18 Hinckley Allen attorneys as leaders in their fields.The Hinckley Allen attorneys featured in the Chambers USA 2017 guide include: William W. Bouton III; Christine K. Bush; Stephen J. Carlotti; Christopher H.M. Ca…

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Chambers USA 2016 Ranks Hinckley Allen Attorneys and Practices

June 10, 2016

The Hinckley Allen attorneys featured in the Chambers USA 2016 guide include: E. Jerome Batty; William W. Bouton III; Christine K. Bush; Stephen J. Carlotti; Michael J. Connolly; Scott E. Cooper; Margaret D. Farrell; Robert G.

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Chambers USA 2015 Ranks Hinckley Allen Attorneys and Practices

May 19, 2015

Publication Recognizes 20% of the Firm’s PartnershipThe Chambers USA 2015 edition, released on May 19, has named 21 Hinckley Allen attorneys as leaders in their fields The Hinckley Allen attorneys featured in the Chambers USA 2015 guide include: E. Jerom…

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Hinckley Allen Partner Michael J. Connolly Named "Lawyer of the Year" in White Collar Criminal Defense by Best Lawyers

August 18, 2014

Michael Connolly has been named Lawyer of the Year in White Collar Criminal Defense (Concord, NH) by Best Lawyers® 2015.Michael, a partner in the Firm's Litigation Group, is a former federal prosecutor who specializes in high-stakes business litigation an…

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Best Lawyers® Recognizes 44 Hinckley, Allen & Snyder Partners

September 13, 2012

September 13, 2012 - Hinckley, Allen & Snyder LLP is proud to announce that 44 of its attorneys have been recognized by their peers as being among the nation’s best lawyers in the 2013 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®.Best Lawyers® is based …

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Hinckley, Allen & Snyder Receives Top Rankings in Chambers USA 2012

July 3, 2012

PROVIDENCE, RI - Hinckley, Allen & Snyder LLP is pleased to announce Chambers Guides, an international publisher of guides to the world’s leading lawyers, has recognized seventeen partners of the Firm as leaders in their fields, including top rankin…

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Best Lawyers Recognizes 41 Hinckley, Allen & Snyder Attorneys

September 22, 2011

Hinckley, Allen & Snyder LLP is proud to announce that 41 of its attorneys have been recognized by their peers as being among the nation’s best lawyers in the 2012 edition of The Best Lawyers in America ® 2012. Best Lawyers is based on a peer-review…

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Hinckley, Allen & Snyder Receives Top Ranking in Chambers USA 2011

July 1, 2011

PROVIDENCE, RI - Hinckley, Allen & Snyder LLP is pleased to announce Chambers Guides, an international publisher of guides to the world’s leading lawyers, has recognized nineteen partners of the Firm as leaders in their fields, including top rankings…

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Michael J. Connolly Admitted to American College of Trial Lawyers

April 19, 2011

Michael J. Connolly, partner at Hinckley, Allen & Snyder LLP, has Become a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of the premier legal associations in America.The induction ceremony at which Connolly became a Fellow took place recently be…

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Events

Past Event

Deal Me In! An Overview of Gaming in Massachusetts

September 14, 2016

Hinckley Allen attorneys are participating in the panel discussion, "Deal Me In! An Overview of Gaming in Massachusetts", moderated by the Honorable Martha Coakley. Hosted by the ABA Criminal Justice Section, White Collar Crime Committee Fall Roundtable,…

Past Event

Construction SuperConference 2013

December 12, 2013

Ronald D. Ciotti, Esq , Partner, Hinckley Allen Michael J. Connolly, Esq, Partner, Hinckley AllenBrian K.The panel discussion will focus on the recent significant increase in federal criminal DBE fraud investigations. Recent convictions have involved not …

Past Event

Training Program for Compliance Officer and Compliance Committee Members

March 21, 2012

Charles E. Schaub moderated and Laura B. Angelini, Michael Connolly, Michael Koenig, Robin Main and Christopher Morog from the firm’s Construction and Litigation Practice Groups presented a well attended training program for Compliance Officers and Compl…

Past Event

Training Program for Compliance Officer and Compliance Committee Members

March 13, 2012

Charles E. Schaub moderated and Laura B. Angelini, Michael Connolly, Michael Koenig, Robin Main and Christopher Morog from the firm’s Construction and Litigation Practice Groups presented a well attended training program for Compliance Officers and Compl…

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