Michael Silberfarb has nearly two decades of experience as a trial lawyer with a nationally recognized practice. He regularly acts as lead counsel in high stakes litigation, and he has litigated disputes in the financial services, publishing, events, merchant services, energy, food and beverage, life sciences, green technology, software as a service (“SAAS”) and security/alarm industries.
Michael has substantial experience representing parties in the healthcare data industry, where he regularly represents the largest players in the industry in licensing and intellectual property disputes concerning products, analytics, and insights based on real world evidence (“RWE”).
Michael has also litigated more than 100 matters involving distressed or bankrupt companies. He represented the debtors in the Chrysler (employment and retiree benefits disputes and sale hearing), Hostess (first chair litigator in trial against ten separate unions), and Lehman Brothers (in connection with failed $1 billion swap agreement) bankruptcies. He also represented key constituents in Dreier (hedge fund against eight-figure claw-back action); Spansion (creditor in obtaining a $100 million recovery from debtor); NS8 (debtor/trustee in recovering tens of millions of dollars on behalf of the estate); Borden (secured creditors in obtaining a nine-figure recovery); Metaldyne (lead counsel to debtor in connection with dispute with retirees and unions); and Dana Automotive (debtor in connection with trials related rejection of collective bargaining agreements and confirmation).
In the real estate industry, Michael regularly represents developers and investors in partnership disputes. He has successfully defended real estate developers in cases involving fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract and unjust enrichment.
Michael employs an aggressive yet practical approach to litigation. He understands that all litigation must be viewed through the lens of the client’s business objectives and that a litigator’s role is to employ a strategy that will help the client to accomplish these objectives without causing significant disruption to the client’s business.
Outside the Firm
Michael lives in Park Slope and enjoys chasing his son around Prospect Park. He has hiked all over the world, including in Japan, Venezuela, Slovenia, Tasmania, Malaysia, Wales, and Chile. He is a Mets fan.