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Defense attorney Michael Dry represents companies and individuals facing serious legal issues, including allegations of domestic and international criminal and civil violations as well as complex civil litigation. He has defended clients against allegations of bribery under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, securities fraud and insider trading, among other charges, and also regularly advises clients on managing cybersecurity risks and economic sanctions. As his clients weather challenging times, Michael counsels them on crisis management, providing guidance on internal investigations, whistleblower issues, shareholder lawsuits and reputational concerns.

The former Deputy Criminal Chief for the Eastern District of Virginia, Michael draws on his decade-plus experience as a federal prosecutor to formulate deft legal strategies to address investigations by the Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority and other enforcement authorities. He has a strong track record of convincing authorities to close their investigations without taking action against his clients, avoiding costly courtroom battles and negative press. When clients do attract reporters’ attention, Michael advises on their engagement with the press to minimize damaging coverage. And when it is necessary to go to trial, Mike skillfully distills complex issues and legal theories in terms juries and judges can understand. Mike’s cross examinations have been described as “pointed and methodical” by the New York Times (2014) and “especially dramatic” by the Washington Post (2014).

Michael also has extensive experience managing matters involving regulators and authorities abroad, including those in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. He is skilled at working with lawyers around the world and coordinating defense strategies to ensure consistency across multiple jurisdictions.


Admitted to practice - Virginia; District of Columbia; Eastern District of Virginia; United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit


College of William & Mary, J.D., 2002 (Order of the Coif)

University of Nebraska, M.B.A., 1997

University of Louisville, B.S., 1990