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Fordham University School of Law J.D. 1985
Columbia College, Columbia University A.B. 1981

Michael J. Lane


Michael J. Lane has over 30 years of practice as a litigator.  He has tried cases, argued appeals and represented clients in a wide range of domestic and international subject matters including commercial, securities, intellectual property, insurance, employment, and real estate. 

Past Experience

Upon graduation from law school in 1985, Mr. Lane joined what was then the firm of Anderson Russell Kill & Olick and worked there until 1987.  Mr. Lane was associated with Cahill Gordon & Reindel from 1987-1992 and Hertzog, Calamari & Gleason from 1993-1995.  In 1995, Mr. Lane established the litigation practice at Roberts, Sheridan & Kotel, P.C., where he was senior litigation partner until 2001. Mr. Lane returned to Anderson Kill & Olick, P.C. in 2001, and remained there until coming to Cullen and Dykman in 2013. 


Mr. Lane is Adjunct Professor at Fordham University School of Law, where he has taught since 1993.

Congressional Testimony:

Mr. Lane gave testimony at the Hearings before the Subcommittee on Criminal Justice, House Committee on the Judiciary (RICO Reform) 99th Cong., 1st & 2nd Sess. 1558-1583 (April 1986):  Statement of Michael J. Lane, Esq. - "The Need for an Express Civil RICO Statute of Limitations."

Selected Decisions:

Marks v. Marks, 2014 WL 1398238 (N.Y.Sup.) No. 650777/2013, April 7, 2014, reported in New York Law Journal April 29, 2014.

Cardell v. Suchodolski Associates, Inc., 261 F. Appx. 324, 2008 WL 214022 (2d Cir. 2008). 
     (U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit Appeal affirming anti-suit injunction).

Freeman v. Kmart Corporation, 2007 WL 1576463 (E.D. Pa 2007)
     (Judgment on the pleadings dismissing discrimination claim).

O Zon Inc. v. Charles, 272 F. Supp. 2d 307 (S.D.N.Y. 2003)
     (Dismissal of trade dress infringement action).

The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company v. Tapps Supermarkets, Inc., 721 N.Y.S. 2d 834 (2d Dep't 2001)
     (Affirmance of dismissal of commercial lessee's claims).

Roberts v. Karimi, 79 F. Supp. 2d 174 (E.D.N.Y. 1999)
     (Post-trial affirmance of jury verdict in real estate litigation).

Goldwasser v. Geller, 684 N.Y.S. 2d 210 (1st Dep't 1999)
     (Post-trial affirmance of Court's calculation of damages award).

Moss v. Prudential-Bache Securities, Inc., 581 A.2d 1138 (Del. 1990)
     (Affirmance of confirmation of arbitration award under the Federal Arbitration Act).

Ente Nazionale Idrocarburi v. Prudential Securities Group, Inc., 744 F. Supp. 450 (S.D.N.Y. 1990)
     (Dismissal of claims made by foreign business entity on jurisdiction and forum non conveniens grounds).

Articles and Publications:

"On January 1, 2009 the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 Became Effective," (with Bennett Pine and Carrie Maylor) Human Resources 10/11, Annual Editions (McGraw-Hill 2010).

"Employers Beware! Changes to the ADA May Expose You to Additional Enforcement Actions and Lawsuits," (with Bennett Pine), AKO Employment Law Insider (December 30, 2008).

"Serve No Complaint Before Its Time: Owners of Intellectual Property Rights Should Be Patient in Filing Claims to Protect Their Holdings," Anderson Kill & Olick, Commercial Litigation Advisor (Winter 2004) (with Daniel J. Healy).

"New York Civil Practice," (Participating Author) Weinstein, Korn & Miller (Matthew Bender) (1996-1997).

"Rules of Construction in Insurance Policies," Practicing Law Institute (1989) (co-author).

"Civil RICO: A Call for a Uniform Statute of Limitations," 13 Fordham Urban Law Journal 205 (1985).

Editor, Fordham Urban Law Journal (1984-85)

Recent Press

"Speaking Up: Helping Law Students Break Through the Silence of Depression," ABA Journal (February 1, 2012). 

"Anderson Kill Partner Talks Depression Among Law Students (and Lawyers)," The Wall Street Journal (November 18, 2011).

"Mike Lane Receives David S. Stoner Uncommon Counselor Award Regarding the David Nee Foundation," New York Law Journal (November 18, 2011).

International Arbitration

Mr. Lane has conducted international arbitrations for clients from Europe, North America, and South America.

Mr. Lane has acted as an arbitrator with the London Court of International Arbitration.

Professional & Community Activities

The Association of the Bar of the City of New York

New York State Bar Association

Honors & Awards

  • Named "2017 Adjunct Teacher of the Year" by Fordham University School of Law.

  • Selected to the Super Lawyers List (2013 - 2019) by the Super Lawyer legal rating service issued by Thomson Reuters.  A description of the selection methodology can be found at: No aspect of this award has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.
  • September 30, 2004: Recognized by Federal Bar Council for pro bono representation of family of New York City Firefighter killed in the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks.

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