10100 Santa Monica Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA
Michael Shortnacy focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation with an emphasis on defense of consumer protection actions, including private consumer class actions. He litigates before state and federal courts in matters involving claims of unfair competition, false and deceptive advertising and other violations of consumer laws. Additionally, he counsels clients in all aspects of electronic discovery in litigation and civil investigations, including advising clients as to compliance with state and federal discovery obligations. He also works with clients to develop an electronic discovery response strategy, with particular emphasis on the methods and costs of electronic discovery. Mr. Shortnacy manages all manner of complex electronic discovery projects, including foreign language review projects, document and database collections, processing, review, production, and arguing and defending claims of spoliation.
Mr. Shortnacy also has substantial experience in white collar criminal defense matters. He has represented corporate clients, special committees and boards of directors in internal investigations, as well as defended entities and individuals in federal and state grand jury investigations and proceedings related to securities and other fraud allegations.
Mr. Shortnacy advises clients across a variety of industries, including automobile and retail product manufacturers, software solutions providers and financial services companies.
Mr. Shortnacy is a member of Loeb & Loeb’s Workplace Diversity and Inclusion Committee, and is active in the firm’s LGBT Affinity Group. He is also actively involved in pro bono litigation and represents clients in asylum and withholding from removal proceedings in United States Immigration Court.
Defended an automobile manufacturer client in putative class actions alleging false and misleading marketing regarding headlight systems and braking systems in violation of various consumer protection laws.
Represented the audit committee of a public company in connection with investigations by the SEC regarding options backdating and alleged accounting fraud.
Defended two entrepreneur investors against SEC fraud and insider trading claims amounting to more than $500 million in damages.
- Author, Sexual Minorities, Criminal Justice, and the Death Penalty, Fordham Urban Law Journal (2005)
- Panelist, Locating the Human in Human Rights in the U.S.: The Constitution, the Death Penalty and Legal Regimes, American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting (2003)
- Author, Homophobia in the Halls of Justice: Sexual Orientation and Its Implications within the Legal System, American University Journal of Gender, Social Policy & Law (2002)
- Author, Guilty and Gay, A Recipe for Execution in American Courtrooms: Sexual Orientation as a Tool for Prosecutorial Misconduct in Death Penalty Cases, American University Law Review (2001)
- Member, American Bar Association, Consumer Protection Committee
- Member, The Sedona Conference Working Group 1
Extern, Honorable Reggie B. Walton, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
Equal Justice Fellow, Administrative Judge Gladys Collazo, United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
American University Washington College of Law, J.D., 2003, cum laude
Note and Comment Editor, American University Law Review
University of Southern California, B.A., 1996, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
New York, 2004
District of Columbia, 2005
U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia