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Associate - Michael  Chase

Michael Chase


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Michael Chase is a member of the firm’s Government Investigations and White Collar Criminal Defense group.  He represents organizations and individuals in government investigations, internal investigations, and criminal matters.  He regularly represents clients in matters being investigated by the United States Department of Justice, the FBI, federal and state regulators, state attorneys general, and other law enforcement agencies.  Michael also conducts internal investigations for companies in a variety of industries, including financial services, higher education, healthcare, environmental and insurance.

Michael has served as a member of the trial team in several federal jury trials including the largest mortgage fraud prosecution ever brought in the District of Connecticut and the nation’s first-ever TARP fraud prosecution.  He has also represented financial institutions, public and private schools, and insurance companies as victims in criminal fraud cases, helping them secure restitution orders to the extent of their losses.

Michael is also a member of the firm’s Litigation practice group and represents a wide range of individual and business clients in civil litigation.  Michael focuses on matters brought under the federal and state false claims acts, the Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act, and other complex financial matters, frequently involving allegations of fraud.  He represents clients through every stage of trial, including development of litigation strategy, conducting depositions, performing witness examinations, and settlement negotiations.  He has drafted and successfully argued dispositive motions in federal and state courts, and has authored successful appeal briefs to the United States Courts of Appeals.  


  • Listed as a Connecticut Super Lawyer Rising Star®: Criminal Defense: White Collar (2014-2016)
  • David H. Neiditz Professional Writing Award (2011)
  • CALI Excellence Awards in Trial Advocacy (Spring 2010), Evidence (Fall 2010), Labor Law (Spring 2010), Employment Law (Spring 2011), Moot Court (Spring 2009), and the Criminal Trial Clinic (Spring 2011)
  • Fleming James Jr. award for Excellence in the study of Labor Law (Spring 2011)
  • Aspen Law and Business Award for Excellence in the Study of Evidence (Spring 2011)

Teaching Positions

  • University of Connecticut School of Law, Trial Practice Class: Adjunct Professor


June 29, 2017  Department of State Will Begin Implementing 90-Day Travel and Refugee Ban Beginning June 29, 2017
June 27, 2017  Supreme Court Decides to Hear Travel and Refugee Ban Case and Clarifies Enforcement of Executive Orders Pending Hearing
May 2, 2017  USCIS Announces Targeted Use of Site Visits to Certain H-1B Employers to Detect H-1B Visa Fraud and Abuse
April 27, 2017  Department of Homeland Security ("DHS") Announces New Office for Victims of Illegal Immigrant Crime
April 26, 2017  Employers Should Review USCIS Fillable Forms I-9 Completed Based on Download From USCIS Website Between November 14 and November 17, 2016 for Social Security Number Glitch
April 26, 2017  United States District Court Judge Blocks Trump Administration from Withholding Federal Funds from Sanctuary Cities
April 19, 2017  Starting May 1, 2017 USCIS Will Issue Redesigned Green Cards and Employment Authorization Documents
March 8, 2017  President Trump Issues March 6th Executive Order Revising Travel Ban
February 27, 2017  Department of Homeland Security Issues Two Memos Regarding Implementation of Two Recent Executive Orders on Immigration Enforcement
February 10, 2017  Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Upholds the Temporary Restraining Order on Enforcement of President Trump's January 27th Executive Order
February 7, 2017  Oral Argument Scheduled for Today on Enforcement of President Trump's January 27th Executive Order
February 2, 2017  Executive Orders Regarding Immigration

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Practice Areas


  • University of Connecticut School of Law, J.D., 2011, with high honors
  • University of Central Florida, B.F.A., 2007

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut
  • New York

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, District of CT
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
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