Michael Strauss

Michael Strauss is a member of Nixon Peabody’s Complex Commercial Disputes and Government Investigation and White Collar Defense practice groups. He helps clients take decisive action when faced with difficult legal decisions. He represents a diverse set of clients across multiple industries faced with complex, high-stakes disputes, government investigations, and criminal prosecutions throughout the world.

What do you focus on?

My practice focuses on helping clients navigate their most complex legal dilemmas. I advise multinational companies on how to establish, maintain, and refine their anti-corruption compliance programs. I represent clients embroiled in complex commercial disputes in federal and state courts throughout the country. I guide corporate clients and individuals through government investigations and vigorously defend them when those investigations become criminal prosecutions. My experience also includes negotiating high-profile celebrity and athlete endorsement deals, and advising entertainment industry clients 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 in traditional, highly regulated industries (e.g., banking, insurance, health care), they are also expanding these inquiries to include new business sectors (e.g., social media, data, esports). Clients need counsel that understands the dynamics of their respective emerging industries and can use that understanding to 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.
  • Enjoined a tech company who was infringing upon trademarks and trade secrets. 
  • 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.

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

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

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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