Michael Strauss

Michael Strauss is a member of Nixon Peabody’s Complex Commercial Disputes and Government Investigation and White Collar Defense practice groups. He represents clients across multiple industries faced with high-stakes disputes, government investigations, and criminal prosecutions throughout the world. According to Chambers USA, clients have described Michael as a “phenomenal writer and litigator” whose “advocacy is top notch.”

What do you focus on?

I handle sensitive, high-stakes criminal and civil matters. I conduct internal investigations involving allegations of bribery, corruption, financial fraud, false claims, sanctions violations, sexual misconduct, and more. I guide corporate clients and individuals through government investigations and vigorously defend them if those investigations become criminal prosecutions. And I represent clients embroiled in complex disputes typically running parallel to their criminal matters in federal and state courts throughout the country. I also advise multinational companies on how to establish, maintain, and refine their global compliance programs.

My experience also includes negotiating high-profile celebrity and athlete endorsement deals on behalf of advertisers and advertising agencies, as well as advising entertainment industry stakeholders on their obligations under collective bargaining agreements with talent unions.

What do you see on the horizon?

As states and the federal government increase their investigation and enforcement efforts related to anti-corruption and export control matters, companies must ensure their corporate compliance programs are calibrated to match the risk profiles of the places where they operate. To do so, clients need counsel that understands the dynamics of their respective industries and the risks associated with their international operations, and has the ability to mitigate and resolve civil, regulatory, and criminal actions before they evolve into “bet-the-company” fights.

Representative Matters

  • Completed on-site anti-corruption risk assessment in Southeast Asia on behalf of multinational health care company.
  • Assisted various clients in assessing corruption risk through targeted third-party due diligence.
  • Conducted internal investigation of private high school in response to allegations of staff sexual misconduct.
  • Achieved favorable settlement on behalf of celebrity talk-show client in a contentious litigation.
  • Successfully defended state executive branch official who was under criminal investigation for alleged conflict of interest involving issuance of grant money.
  • Conducted internal investigation of multinational company’s travel and expense practices in South Africa and Tokyo.
  • Represented family of missing daughter in liaising with federal, state, and local law enforcement officials.
  • Worked collaboratively with United States Secret Service to resolve a complex cybertheft incident impacting a technology company.
  • Represented technology entrepreneur defending against federal charges stemming from his business endeavors.
  • Negotiated several A-list celebrity endorsement deals on behalf of advertisers and advertising agencies.
  • Won reversal and remand at the New Hampshire Supreme Court on behalf of a pro bono client who was wrongfully evicted from her apartment.

Off Track: Federal court dismisses false statement charge because, well, the government didn't allege a false statement

New Hampshire Bar News | July 21, 2021

Manchester Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner Mark Knights and associate Michael Strauss contributed this article summarizing and analyzing a federal judge’s dismissal of a 1001 charge against a New Hampshire home exterior company related to alleged false statements.

A new president's administration takes a different tack on enforcement

New Hampshire Business Review | June 11, 2021

Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense practice group leader and partner David Vicinanzo, GIWC partner Mark Knights and associate Michael Strauss, and Complex Commercial Disputes partner Dan Deane, all in Manchester, contributed this article on the Biden administration’s enforcement priorities, outlining a response plan for businesses faced with government investigations.

Judge Allows Immigrant Detainees To Fight Living Conditions

Law360 | June 17, 2020

This article, covering a federal judge’s order that immigration detainees at Strafford County (NH) Department of Corrections can challenge their living conditions amid COVID-19, quotes Manchester Complex Commercial Disputes associate Nathan Warecki. The article also mentions the team of NP attorneys representing the detainees in the case: Litigation Department Head Scott O’Connell; Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense practice group leader Dave Vicinanzo and associate Colin Missett; Complex Commercial Disputes partner Dan Deane, and associates Marx Calderon and Michael Strauss.

Former United Way VP asks judge for home confinement, claims he is vulnerable to COVID-19

New Hampshire Union Leader | March 30, 2020

This article highlights the efforts of Manchester Complex Commercial Disputes partner Dan Deane and associate Michael Strauss to secure home confinement for their client, who is currently serving a sentence in a Merrimack County jail where a corrections officer has tested positive for COVID-19.

2nd Circ.'s Seminal Rejection of FCPA Conviction Challenge

Law360 | August 28, 2019

New York City partner Isabelle De Smedt (CORP), Manchester partner Mark Knights (GIWC), Boston counsel Robert Fisher (GIWC), Manchester associate Michael Strauss (CDPG) and Boston associate Scott Seitz (GIWC) authored this column about the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit’s recent decision regarding the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act’s anti-bribery provisions and what the decision means for companies needing to comply with the law.

Get the message: Update to the FCPA corporate enforcement policy

Reuters’ Government Contract | May 20, 2019

Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Mark Knights and Complex Commercial Disputes associate Michael Strauss, both of the Manchester office, co-wrote this contributed article outlining changes in the way the Department of Justice expects companies to preserve “ephemeral communications” such as WhatsApp messages.


Michael Strauss



Phone: 603-628-4074

New York

Phone: 212-940-3081

Fax: 833-233-3636

University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce School of Law, J.D., summa cum laude, Chief Articles Editor, University of New Hampshire Law Review; Daniel Webster Scholar; Douglas J. Wood Merit Scholar

Manhattanville College, B.A.

New Hampshire

New York

  • Received a Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch recognition for Commercial Litigation and Criminal Defense: White–Collar for 2022 and 2021
  • Recognized as 2021 “Associates to Watch” in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business for Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations (New Hampshire)

I am dedicated to providing my legal services pro bono to those who need it most. My recent pro bono work includes representation of a disabled individual who was fraudulently induced to purchase a vehicle unfit for the public roads and representation of a tenant faced with a retaliatory-fueled eviction. I was recently awarded the New Hampshire Bar Association Rising Star Pro Bono Award.

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