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Overview

Michael P. Zweig is an experienced and accomplished litigator who maintains a diverse national practice with an emphasis on complex litigation, business torts, entertainment and media litigation and employment/contract matters.

Michael litigates and arbitrates cases throughout the United States, frequently through trial, representing clients in high-profile, high-stakes litigation involving breach of contract, false advertising and deceptive trade practices (including Attorney General investigations), shareholder, partnership and accounting disputes, and right of publicity and defamation suits, as well as a wide variety of employment-related litigation, including restrictive covenant/trade secret litigation, discrimination and harassment suits. He has represented clients from a wide variety of industries, including media and advertising, financial services, film, television and theatre, real estate and insurance brokerage.

In 2001-2002, he served as counsel to the Southern District of New York Special Master with respect to the settlement of the Austrian Holocaust Litigation.

Earlier in his career, Michael served as special counsel to the New York State Assembly on Environmental Conservation, coordinating New York State’s Love Canal investigation. He also conducted extensive legislative hearings concerning the dumping of hazardous substances throughout western New York State.

Michael has also authored the Entertainment Litigation chapter appearing in "Business and Commercial Litigation in Federal Courts," a widely circulated practice treatise. In addition, he has been a speaker on issues relating to media and advertising, ethics, contracts, email and electronic discovery, and crisis public relations, at continuing legal education seminars sponsored by the American Bar Association, the Bureau of National Affairs, the UCLA Law Symposium and the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. 

Michael is also the co-editor of  "Courthouses of the Second Circuit: Their Architecture, History and Stories" (Acanthus Press, October 2015), a book published by the Federal Bar Foundation with the support of the Second Circuit's Committee on History and Commemorative Events.

  • Ethics Issues for Entertainment and Media Lawyers
    Speaker
  • Loeb & Loeb IP/Entertainment Law Conference in New York
    Speaker
  • Loeb & Loeb IP/Entertainment Law Conference, Los Angeles, California
    Speaker
  • Oral Contracts Not Worth the Paper They Are (Not) Written On
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  • Oral Contracts Not Worth the Paper They Are (Not) Written On
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Education

  • New York University School of Law, J.D., Member, Annual Survey of American Law
  • Cornell University, B.A., with distinction

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Bar Admissions

  • New York

Recognition

  • Awarded Loeb & Loeb's Third Annual Award for Community Service and Professional Achievement (2005)
  • Named "New York Metro Super Lawyer" in General Litigation, Intellectual Property Litigation and Employment & Labor by Thomson Reuters (2006-2019)
  • Listed in Who's Who in American Law
  • Named "Best Lawyer" in Labor & Employment Litigation, The Best Lawyers in America, published by Woodward White, Inc. (2013-2020)
  • Highest "AV Preeminent (5 out of 5)" Professional Rating, Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory
  • Former Chair, Litigation Department, and Employment and Labor Practice Group (New York)
  • Chairperson, Loeb & Loeb Diversity Initiative Committee (2002-2010); Member (2002-2014)
  • Loeb & Loeb General Counsel (New York)

Affiliations

  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Federal Bar Council and Second Circuit Courts Committee; Director of Federal Bar Foundation
  • Former Vice Chair, Committee on Consumer Protection, Antitrust Section, American Bar Association
  • Member, Association of the Bar of the City of New York
  • Editor, Legal Perspectives Section, The Delaney Report, a publication for the advertising, marketing, and media industries
  • Member, Board of Directors, Hudson Link for Higher Education in Prison, Inc.; Member, Executive Committee