Michael J. Reiss

Los Angeles
  • 355 South Grand Avenue, Suite 100
  • Los Angeles, CA 90071-1560
  • USA
Profile Experience

Michael J. Reiss is a member of the Litigation & Trial Department and the Complex Commercial Litigation Practice Group. Mr. Reiss’ practice focuses on a wide range of complex commercial litigation, including consumer class actions, financial institution litigation, insolvency litigation, sports and entertainment litigation, and intellectual property litigation.

Mr. Reiss has substantial experience in all aspects of federal and state civil litigation, from pre-litigation through trial, including drafting and arguing dispositive motions, delivering closing arguments at trial, taking and defending key depositions, managing complex large-scale discovery, and negotiating favorable settlements to avoid trial. Mr. Reiss’ clients include private equity firms, sports labor unions, consumer product manufacturers, retail shopping malls, and leading internet, software, and ridesharing companies.

Recently, Mr. Reiss was the lead litigator who successfully argued, on behalf of a private equity firm, for confirmation of a bankruptcy plan that included third-party releases. He is also the lead litigator on a matter where a private equity firm is seeking appointment of a chapter 11 trustee. Mr. Reiss was the lead associate on a number of matters, including representing PG&E with respect to pending securities and derivative actions. Mr. Reiss also previously served as the lead associate in various high-profile matters, including a craigslist case that was featured in the California Daily Journal on its list of Top Plaintiffs’ Verdicts by Impact, and in a recent dispute regarding the appointment of an equity committee in the Weatherford bankruptcy.

Mr. Reiss maintains an active and dedicated pro bono practice, representing Holocaust survivors, unlawfully evicted tenants, and the anti-defamation league.

Mr. Reiss’ experience includes:

  • Successfully arguing for confirmation of a bankruptcy plan that contained third-party releases on behalf of a private equity firm
  • Successfully negotiating individualized settlements of seven putative class actions regarding alleged false advertising by a sunscreen manufacturer
  • Successfully opposing the appointment of an equity committee
  • Defending PG&E in securities and derivative claims related to the 2017 and 2018 northern California fires
  • Representing a secured lender with respect to its motion to appoint a trustee
  • Successfully representing plaintiff craigslist, Inc. where craigslist alleged that defendants’ web scraping was unlawful. The California Daily Journal featured the craigslist case on its list of Top Plaintiffs’ Verdicts by Impact in 2015
  • Successfully representing the NFL Players Association regarding claims that the NFL unlawfully structured TV broadcast contracts to create a “war chest” for the anticipated lockout
  • Winning an appeal to the Eighth Circuit on behalf of a sports labor union concerning allegations of collusion
  • Prosecuting a case on behalf of Lyft regarding allegations that the defendant breached his contractual and fiduciary duties to Lyft
  • Successfully opposing a motion for preliminary injunction where the plaintiff alleged trademark infringement against a leading education software company
  • Successfully representing an investment management company in an international insolvency litigation
  • Defending a major shopping mall against claims made by retailer tenants, and prosecuting related cross-claims, stemming from a 2010 arson
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