Michael Dockterman


Practice Area: Commercial Litigation

    All Star


    “Michael is one of the best trial lawyers in the country.”
    “He is savvy and experienced in providing business advice to complex business organizations including Boards of Directors and other audiences.”


    "Clients come to lawyers for help solving problems and our job is to help them do that. We have to earn our clients’ trust that if we can’t persuade the other side, which is almost always preferable for the clients, we will persuade some strangers to the problem – a judge, some arbitrators, or a jury – that the problem should be solved in a particular way. Keeping our eyes on the clients’ goal is the first and last thing they want from their lawyers."

    – Michael Dockterman


    Michael Dockterman is a celebrated and versatile trial lawyer who has tried scores of commercial disputes, both civil and criminal, throughout the United States. His litigation and trial experience includes cases arising from contracts, securities, antitrust, intellectual property, government fraud, product liability, real estate, and environmental, along with a variety of amateur sports disputes. In addition to litigation in jurisdictions nationwide, he has led multinational litigation over matters pending simultaneously in courts around the world, including The Hague, London, Stockholm, Paris, Singapore, Hong Kong, Beijing, and Shanghai. Along with his extensive trial work, he counsels boards of directors on a wide range of corporate governance matters, including oversight of compliance and government investigations. His success in the courtroom has been recognized by The National Law Journal, which named him one of its “Top 10 Winning Litigators in the US” and a “Trailblazer in Litigation,” and by Law360, which called him one of 50 “Trial Aces” in the United States.

    In addition to his client work, Michael is a Senior Lecturing Fellow at Duke University School of Law, where he teaches Civil Trial Practice. He is also the author of articles and chapters on numerous subjects including investigations, the attorney-client privilege and work product doctrine, and class action practice.

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