Mike Ferrara is a partner at Kaplan Hecker & Fink LLP. A decorated former federal prosecutor, Mike has extensive experience as a trial and appellate lawyer across a career of public service that includes over a decade as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York.
Mike maintains a broad-based white-collar practice, representing companies, boards of directors, and individuals in connection with white-collar criminal defense, government investigations, and complex civil litigation. Mike leverages his extensive public sector experience to help clients navigate responding to criminal prosecutions and regulatory enforcement proceedings; and conducts internal investigations and provides counsel on compliance to help them avoid such prosecutions and proceedings in the first place. His particular expertise in complex fraud, corruption (including the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act), and cybercrime – combined with his familiarity and comfort with intricate, multinational settings – equips him to deliver compelling results for clients as they face their most critical legal challenges.
Across his 14 years in government, Mike was counsel in eleven federal criminal jury trials, one federal bench trial, and over twenty misdemeanor bench trials; briefed over forty and argued nine appeals before U.S. Courts of Appeals; and supervised other Assistant U.S. Attorneys in all aspects of appellate advocacy as Deputy Chief of the Appeals Unit in the Southern District of New York.
Mike has received significant recognition for his public service, both from within the government and from beyond. He is the recipient of the Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award, the Director’s Award for Superior Performance by a Litigative Team, the Federal Law Enforcement Foundation’s Federal Prosecutor Award, and the Assistant Attorney General’s Award for Ensuring the Integrity of Government. Most recently, Mike was honored with the Henry L. Stimson Medal, awarded by the New York City Bar to outstanding Assistant U.S. Attorneys in the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.
Updated Aug 2021