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Described by clients as an “elite litigator” who is “very sharp and good on his feet…and knows how to tell a narrative,” Mike Shuster is recognized as one of New York’s leading trial lawyers. He represents clients in disputes that touch on a wide range of legal and business issues, often feature a cross-border element, and universally involve questions of great value to his clients. He has secured favorable rulings in a wide range of trial and appellate settings. 


Mike currently represents, as lead trial counsel, Visa in multibillion-dollar antitrust litigation relating to credit card “swipe fees,” Chubb in national coverage litigation relating to opioids, HSBC and other bank trustees on claims relating to mortgage-backed securities, Tetragon on claims relating to financial restructurings, high-net-worth individuals in disputes with financial institutions, and various other clients. 

He has represented numerous clients in high-profile and highly contested domestic and cross-border matters across a variety of disciplines and a multiplicity of fora, including federal and state courts throughout the United States and in arbitrations under the ICC, AAA, and other rules. 

In addition to defending multibillion-dollar claims, Mike and his colleagues have secured billions in verdicts and settlements on behalf of clients. Mike has represented, among numerous others, Alstom Group, Amerada Hess, Banco Santander, Bank of NewYork Mellon, Credit Lyonnaise, Comcast, Kenneth Cole, Croatia, GeneralRe, Landoil (Philippines), MacAndrews &Forbes, Mega Brands, MGM, Och-Ziff, Raytheon, Royal Bank of Canada, Saudi Refining, Swiss Bank, Taisho Pharmaceuticals, UBS, Univision, and XPO Logistics. 

Mike successfully represented a preeminent law firm against claims brought by Carl Icahn, and has represented other firms in similar litigation. In addition to representing his and the firm’s clients, Mike is regularly referred work by other firms in New York and throughout the United States.

For several years, he has been ranked by Benchmark Litigation, Legal 500, and Chambers USA, which has reported that he is “fantastic with clients, has super judgment, and has the right style and charisma for a courtroom litigator.” Mike was recognized as one of 25 Litigation Trailblazers by The National Law Journal. 

Before co-founding Holwell Shuster & Goldberg, Mike was a litigation partner at an Am Law 200 firm and at White & Case, where he served as Global Head of Commercial Litigation. 

Key Practice Areas:

  • Antitrust
  • Appellate
  • Arbitration
  • Banking + Financial Services
  • Bankruptcy
  • Business & Commercial
  • Class Action
  • Securities 


  • McGill University Faculty of Law (LL.B., B.C.L.);
  • York University (B.A.) 


Updated Aug 2022