Michael Q. English

Michael Q. English

Michael Q. English
Partner

menglish@fdh.com
T: (203) 325-5020 - F: (203) 325-5001
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Michael English is a former federal prosecutor who focuses his practice on white collar criminal defense, regulatory investigations, and complex civil litigation. Mr. English represents companies and individuals in prosecutions, enforcement actions, and investigations by the U.S. Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and other state and federal agencies.  Mr. English also manages parallel criminal and civil proceedings and investigations.  Mr. English's recent engagements include:

  • representing a portfolio manager in a criminal investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice and civil litigation involving fraud allegations;
  • representing a former employee of a public company in an insider trading action brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission;
  • representing an employee of a public company in a federal securities fraud investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice;
  • representing a broker in parallel actions brought by the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York and the SEC relating to violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

Prior to joining Finn Dixon & Herling LLP, Mr. English served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York. During his seven years at the United States Attorney’s Office, Mr. English led investigations and prosecutions in a wide variety of matters, including bank fraud, mail fraud, money laundering, obstruction of justice, extortion, narcotics trafficking, racketeering, and murder. He served as lead counsel on eleven federal jury trials, briefed and argued numerous federal criminal appeals, and directed hundreds of investigations. During his final two years in the United States Attorney’s Office, Mr. English served as the Deputy Chief of the White Plains Division, where he supervised 15 senior AUSAs prosecuting complex, multi-defendant cases involving public corruption, financial fraud, tax fraud, racketeering, and murder.

After graduating from law school, Mr. English served as a law clerk to the Honorable Peter K. Leisure, United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York, and to the Honorable Joseph M. McLaughlin, United States Circuit Judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Before joining the United States Attorney’s Office, Mr. English was an associate at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP in New York, where he worked on complex commercial litigation.

Recognized as one of the "New Leaders in the Law" in Connecticut (2012).  Recipients of the award are under 40 years of age and demonstrate professional achievements that distinguish them from their peers.

Recipient, Director’s Award from the U.S. Department of Justice for Superior Performance as an Assistant United States Attorney, 2011

Education

  • Fordham University School of Law, J.D., 2000, cum laude, editor Fordham Law Review
  • Williams College, B.A., 1995

Bar Admissions

  • New York, 2001
  • Connecticut, 2013

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, 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
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

Associations and Memberships

American Bar Association

New York State Bar Association

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