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Michelle Merola

Partner, Financial Institution Subpoena Compliance Practice Leader
  • New York
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Courts for Northern and Western Districts of New York
  • Judge Truman Morrison III, Superior Court of the District of Columbia, 1997-1998

Pennsylvania State University, B.A.

American University, Washington College of Law, J.D., Magna Cum Laude

Michelle relies on her litigation experience to counsel clients on regulatory and compliance matters, including the development and implementation of compliance programs, the oversight of internal investigations and audits, and the analysis and preparation of self-disclosures to a variety of state and federal agencies. In recent years, her practice has also included HIPAA and data privacy counseling, including analysis of the scope of a data breach to notification of affected individuals and required government agencies.

Michelle has extensive experience litigating civil and criminal matters in a variety of federal jurisdictions as well as New York State. A significant portion of her practice is dedicated to defending corporations and individuals in government investigations, audits, and administrative proceedings related to tax, environmental, fraud, and health care matters. She also regularly challenges agency determinations in New York State courts through Article 78 proceedings. 

Michelle serves as one of the firm’s assistant general counsel/loss prevention partners. She also chairs the Firm's Technology Strategy Committee.

Prior to joining the firm, Michelle served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Columbia, where she oversaw and directed fraud investigations involving a variety of government agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Department of Treasury, the Secret Service, the Department of Transportation, and the District of Columbia Tax and Revenue Office. She also successfully litigated numerous criminal jury trials in the local courts. Prior to that, Michelle was an associate at a D.C. law firm, where she gained experience in complex commercial and technology disputes.


  • Mussey Prize for student with highest scholastic average in final year of law school
  • Department of Justice Special Achievement Award




Professional Associations

  • District of Columbia Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Bar Association of Erie County

Community & Pro Bono

  • Secretary, the Melanie Foundation board of directors