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Michael Brille

Washington, DC

t: 202 237 9608
f: 202 237 6131
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Areas of Practice




Class Actions

Global Investigations and White Collar Defense

Securities Litigation


Yale Law School, J.D., 1993; John Currier Gallagher Prize; Yale Journal on Regulation

University of San Diego, B.B.A., magna cum laude, Business Administration, 1990; Beta Gamma Sigma; Academic All-American (Div. I Soccer)


Hon. Philip M. Pro, United States District Court for the District of Nevada, 1993-1995


District of Columbia and California (inactive)

United States Supreme Court

United States Courts of Appeals: Fourth and Sixth Circuits

United States District Courts: District of Columbia, Eastern District of Michigan, Southern District of New York, Middle District of North Carolina, Middle District of Pennsylvania, District of South Carolina, Eastern District of Tennessee, and Northern District of Texas

Mike Brille represents international companies, financial institutions, and senior executives in complex and often high-profile litigation, across a variety of substantive areas, in federal and state courts throughout the United States.

Mr. Brille has extensive experience in business and financial litgation matters.  He has represented companies and financial institutions in litigation and potential litigation arising out of the turmoil in the world financial markets.  In that area, he served as co-lead trial counsel for Genesco Inc. in its successful litigation against The Finish Line Inc. and UBS AG to obtain specific performance of a $1.5 billion merger agreement, one of the first of such cases to be tried in the wake of the credit crisis.  He also represented Huntsman Corporation in connection with litigation filed in New York by Hexion Specialty Chemicals Inc. against Deutsche Bank and Credit Suisse regarding the banks' refusal to fund Hexion's merger with Huntsman.  He is also providing ongoing advice to financial institutions regarding settlement of various credit derivative contracts.

Mr. Brille joined the Firm as an associate shortly after its founding in 1997.  During his career, he has successfully litigated antitrust, mergers & acquisitions, and complex commercial cases for both plaintiffs and defendants.  He was part of the team retained by the United States Department of Justice in its landmark antitrust suit against Microsoft.  Along with David Boies and Jonathan Schiller, he represented Napster in its copyright dispute against the Recording Industry Association of America, and also represented the actor and comedian Garry Shandling in his $100 million lawsuit against his former manager.

Mr. Brille has led or co-led numerous other significant litigation matters, including:

  • winning summary judgment (affirmed on appeal) for a major U.S. corporation against charges it had violated the Robinson-Patman Act and the Section 2 of the Sherman Act where damages sought were in excess of $250 million;
  • winning judgment on the pleadings (appeal dismissed) for a major U.S. corporation against charges brought by a competitor that the corporation had violated Section 2 of the Sherman Act;
  • winning summary judgment (affirmed on appeal) for a major U.S. corporation against charges that it violated Sections 1 and 2 of the Sherman Act in connection with retail merchandising practices where the damages sought were in excess of $1 billion; and
  • securing a federal injunction for a national corporation prohibiting a major competitor from pirating that corporation's employees.

In addition to his litigation work, Mr. Brille also regularly conducts internal corporate investigations involving a wide range of issues, provides anitrust counseling, and gives strategic advice and counseling on records managment and e-discovery issues.

Prior to joining the Firm, Mr. Brille was associated with another Washington law firm where he practiced civil litigation and white-collar criminal defense.  Before entering private practice, Mr. Brille served as a Trial Attorney with the United States Department of Justice, where he prosecuted civil and criminal violations of the federal consumer protection statutes. He is a graduate of the United States Attorney General's Criminal Trial Advocacy Course.

Mr. Brille is a member of the firm's Strategic Planning, Communications, and Partnership Committees.

Related News

The BSF Report: Spring 2013 (03.08.2013)

Firm Report: July 2008 (07.28.2008)

The Lawyer Reports on BSF's Broad International Practice (May 9, 2008)

American Lawyer "Big Suits" Column Features BSF's $1.5 Billion Specific Performance Trial Verdict (March 1, 2008)

Firm Report: January 2008 (Vol. 3, Issue I) (01.22.2008)

N.Y. Times Reports on Fallout of BSF's Genesco Win (December 29, 2007, at B2)

BSF Wins Trial Requiring Completion of $1.5 Billion Acquisition (December 28, 2007, at A3)

Genesco Lead Trial Counsel Jim Denvir Closes in Nashville Trial (December 19, 2007)

BSF at the Center of UBS-Genesco-Finish Line Trial (December 19, 2007)

Firm Report: July/August 2007 (Vol. 2, Issue II) (08.22.2007)

Firm Report: April 2007 (Vol. 2, Issue I) (04.01.2007)

Firm Report: July 2006 (Vol. 1, Issue II) (07.01.2006)

Government Service

Trial Attorney, Honors Program, United States Department of Justice, Civil Division, 1995-1997 Captain, Judge Advocate General Corps, United States Army Reserve, 1995-2007