Michael Licker

Partner - Boston

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Michael Licker is a partner in Foley Hoag’s Litigation Department, where he focuses his practice on white collar crime and government investigations, bankruptcy, securities litigation and other complex civil litigation. Michael’s trial experience includes first- and second-chair responsibilities in both federal and state court. He has also argued in state and federal courts and successfully presented oral argument on behalf of a client to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, resulting in the lower court’s decision being overturned.

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  • Northeastern University School of Law, J.D., 2010
  • Syracuse University, B.A., magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 2006

Representative Experience

  • Represented medical company in federal court False Claims Act trial.
  • Represented online trading exchange in federal court alter ego trial.
  • Represented ophthalmological device manufacturer in state court breach of contract trial.
  • Represented former federal inmate in federal court civil rights trial.
  • Represented a large computer manufacturer in consumer class actions in Oklahoma, North Carolina, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts alleging false invoices and wrongful tax collection.
  • Served as Special Assistant District Attorney in Norfolk County, and tried more than 10 criminal matters.
  • Presented oral argument on behalf of client to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court resulting in lower court’s decision being overturned.
  • Represented employee of publicly traded telecommunications company in government contracting fraud investigation.
  • Represented Chief Compliance Officer of pharmaceutical company in federal healthcare fraud investigation.
  • Represent government-appointed monitor of international financial institution in three-year monitorship pursuant to a Deferred Prosecution Agreement..

  • Represented footwear designer and distributor in Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings.
  • Represented clients in several adversary proceedings and related bankruptcy matters.
  • Represented clients in responding to inquiries from Massachusetts Securities Division.
  • Represents publicly traded company in obtaining favorable settlement in shareholder litigation in Delaware Chancery Court.
  • Represented seafood retailer in civil RICO action.
  • Represented publicly traded company in insider trading investigation.
  • Represented publicly traded company in internal investigation regarding accounting practices.
  • Represented former executive of publicly-traded company in government investigation regarding accounting practices.
  • Represented Chartered Financial Analysts in disciplinary investigation by industry group.
  • Represented Japanese executive in price fixing and obstruction of justice investigation.
  • Represented investment adviser in defense of class action suit regarding investment in online gaming companies in Delaware Chancery Court.
  • Represented issuer of residential mortgage backed securities in lawsuit under Massachusetts Uniform Securities Act.
  • Obtained preliminary injunction on behalf of shipping consultant in federal court.
  • Represented a national accounting firm in New Hampshire state court action.
  • Assisted several survivors of domestic violence obtain restraining orders against their abusive partners.

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  • Super Lawyers Massachusetts Rising Star (2013-2018)
  • Boston Bar Association Public Interest Leadership Program (2017-2018)


  • Boston Bar Association, Member
    • BBA White Collar Crime Steering Committee Member
  • Boston Bar Foundation Junior Fellows, Member
  • Massachusetts Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Northeastern University School of Law Alumni Board, Member
  • Casa Myrna Vazquez Board of Directors, Member


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Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts
  • New York

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals First Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York