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Mike Shuster is widely recognized as one of New York’s leading trial lawyers. He represents corporate, financial, and individual clients in complex commercial disputes involving a wide range of legal and business issues. He was lead counsel representing bank trustees in a bench trial that resulted in a $2.4 billion verdict from the Lehman estate. Mike currently represents, among others, Visa in antitrust class action and opt-out litigation, MacAndrews & Forbes in a dispute with News Corp, a director of Sears in connection with creditors committee claims, a pre-eminent law firm and two of its partners in their defense of malpractice claims and related litigation, HSBC as trustee/plaintiff and a major government-sponsored enterprise on mortgage securities, and a family seeking to recover looted art from the Hungarian government. Mike has represented numerous clients in high-profile and highly contested domestic and cross-border matters across a variety of disciplines and in a multiplicity of fora, and has successfully tried cases and argued appeals in federal and state courts throughout the United States. Mike recently prevailed in a Second Circuit argument on behalf of holders of Argentine debt. He has extensive experience in and has secured favorable awards in arbitrations under the ICC, AAA, and other rules. Mike’s clients have included PetSmart, Amerada Hess, Banco Santander, Carlyle, Comcast, General Re, the Croatian government, Landoil, Mega Brands, Raytheon, Royal Bank of Canada, Saudi Refining, Taisho and numerous others.


Admitted to New York bar in 1987. Joined White & Case in 1986, became partner in 1995, and global head of the Commercial Litigation Practice Group in 2002. Joined Kasowitz in 2006. Co-founded Holwell Shuster & Goldberg in 2012. Admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second, Third, Fifth, D.C., and Federal Circuits; and U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and the District of Colorado. Recognized as a top litigator by Benchmark Litigation since 2013.


McGill University Faculty of Law (LL.B., B.C.L., 1986), where he was on the Senior Editorial Board of the McGill Law Journal and won the Quebec Bar Prize Moot Court Competition. York University (B.A., 1982).

Languages Spoken

English, French