Michael Grunfeld joined Pomerantz in July 2017 as Of Counsel and was elevated to Partner in 2019.
He has played a leading role in some of the Firm’s significant class action litigation, including its case against Yahoo! Inc. arising out of the biggest data breaches in U.S. history, in which the Firm, as Lead Counsel, achieved an $80 million settlement on behalf of the Class. This settlement made history as the first substantial shareholder recovery in a securities fraud class action related to a cybersecurity breach. Michael also plays a leading role in many of the Firm’s other ongoing class actions.
Michael was named a 2019 Rising Star by Law360, a prestigious honor awarded to a select few top litigators under 40 years old “whose legal accomplishments transcend their age.” He was honored in 2018 and 2019 as a Super Lawyers® Rising Star.
Michael is the co-author of a chapter on damages in securities class actions in the LexisNexis treatise, Litigating Securities Class Actions.
Michael served as a clerk for Judge Ronald Gilman of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals and as a foreign law clerk for Justice Asher Grunis of the Israeli Supreme Court. Before joining Pomerantz, he was a litigation associate at Shearman & Sterling LLP and Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP.
Michael has extensive experience in securities, complex commercial, and white-collar matters in federal and state courts around the country. In particular, Michael has represented issuers, underwriters, and individuals in securities class actions dealing with a wide variety of industries. He has also represented financial institutions and individuals in cases related to RMBS, securities lending, foreign exchange practices, insider trading, and other financial matters.
Michael graduated from Columbia Law School in 2008, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and Submissions Editor of the Columbia Business Law Review. He graduated from Harvard University with an A.B. in Government, magna cum laude, in 2004.
Michael is admitted to practice in the State of New York, the Second, Fourth, and Sixth Circuit Courts of Appeals, and the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and the District of Colorado.