Michael A. Rowe

Biography

Michael has extensive experience in complex commercial litigation matters, including but not limited to representing a number of well-known media companies in connection with the distribution of reality television shows, promotion of Mixed Martial Arts events and boxing matches, and purchase and sale of television content.

Michael represents corporations and individuals in a wide range of areas, including:

  • breach of contract
  • sports law
  • media and telecommunications law
  • commercial and residential real estate
  • business fraud
  • partnership disputes
  • intellectual property litigation
  • business torts

Michael appears frequently in federal and state courts and appellate courts in New Jersey and New York and before various arbitration associations, including the American Arbitration Association, FINRA, and others. Michael places a particular emphasis on New York Law and Procedure, including possessing advanced knowledge of the Commercial Division of the New York Supreme Court and the New York Appellate Division.

During law school, Michael was the lead articles editor of the Rutgers Computer & Technology Law Journal. He also served as an intern in the Washington, D.C., office of U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg.

Michael is a member of Phi Alpha Theta, History Honor Society and Omicron Delta Epsilon, the International Honor Society for Economics.

Outside the Firm

Michael spends countless hours mentoring and assisting high school athletes in connection with the recruitment and college application and financial aid process.

He donates significant time assisting underprivileged children developing life skills through his association with the United Way and counsels numerous individuals, including high school students, who suffer from mental illness, through his association with the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance.

Michael works with various individuals and organizations in order to ensure non-discriminatory insurance coverage for individuals seeking medical care for mental illness.

Experience

  • Obtained a preliminary injunction on behalf of one of the largest promoters of Mixed Martial Arts events, preventing a world-famous MMA fighter from abandoning his exclusive contract with the promoter and defecting to its largest competitor. Michael was instrumental in negotiating a settlement that provided for the MMA fighter to continue his career with the MMA promoter. The case was reported upon by major media outlets, including ESPN and Fox Sports. 
  • A world-known media company, in connection with the production and promotion of one of the most anticipated events in boxing history—a fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather. The lawsuit was covered by was covered by major media outlets, including ESPN and Yahoo Sports.
  • A publicly traded media company, in connection with various lawsuits seeking to prevent the distribution of one of the most popular reality television shows in the history of television. Argued and won a motion to dismiss NJ RICO and other claims regarding the inclusion of plaintiffs’ images during the airing of the show.
  • A major television network, in connection with the distribution of an extremely popular cable television show, concerning the rates which the media company was charging various distributors of its show.
  • Domesticated in New York one of the largest child support awards ever issued by a Hong Kong Court. It was the first time a New York Court ever recognized a Hong Kong child support. Served a lead counsel in connection with the fee hearing during which the New York Court ordered the payor spouse to pay a substantial portion of our Firm’s legal fees. The case was covered by various New York media outlets, including the New York Daily News and the New York Post.
  • A publicly traded international medical equipment manufacturer, in connection with a month-long jury trial involving the sale of various multimillion dollar medical equipment systems. Successfully defended manufacturer against various breach of contract and other claims and prosecuted claims against the purchaser for collection of unpaid purchase price.
  • A publicly traded broker dealer, in connection with a three-week-long FINRA arbitration involving the purchase and subsequent spin off of a municipal bond company and in several parallel actions before the Commercial Division of New York State Supreme Court and the Southern District of New York. After multiple hearing days and appearances before the various courts, the arbitrator entered a multimillion dollar damage award against the bond company client and we successfully settled the remaining actions on behalf of our client.
  • A publicly traded credit card processing company, in several matters involving breach of contract and theft of confidential information pending simultaneously before the District Court of New Jersey and the American Arbitration Association. The Court entered a permanent injunction against former employees regarding their use of confidential information and the arbitrator directed the former employee’s new employer to pay a multimillion dollar damage award.
  • A high net worth individual, in a breach of contract lawsuit before the Commercial Division of New York State Supreme Court involving the development of software allowing market participants to use trading charts to develop and implement trading strategies and increase profitability. 
  • A publicly traded real estate brokerage firm, involving claims for intangible property under New York law. Participated in a month-long trial before the Commercial Division of New York State Supreme Court involving the issue of whether an employer could convert a former employee’s intangible property (a customer list).
  • Prosecution and defense of various breach of contract claims on behalf of international purchaser of telecommunications services before Commercial Division of New York State Supreme Court and the First Department, Appellate Division concerning the preemptive effect of the Telecommunications Act on state law claims. Successfully argued appeal before the First Department and negotiated favorable settlement on behalf of our client.

    Affiliations

    Memberships

    • American Bar Association
    • New York State Bar Association
    Professional Activities
    • United Board Member of the United Way of Greater Mercer County
    • Board Member of Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance

    Credentials

    Admissions

    • New Jersey
    • U.S. District Court - New Jersey
    • New York
    • U.S. District Court - Eastern District of New York
    • U.S. District Court - Southern District of New York

    Education

    • Muhlenberg College, AB, cum laude
    • Rutgers University School of Law, Newark, JD