Michael E. Tracht
Michael E. Tracht is part of the firm’s litigation group, focusing on complex commercial disputes, structured-finance and securities litigation, and trust and estate matters. His clients have come from a wide variety of industries and have ranged from individuals and small businesses to some of the largest companies in the world. He was named a Rising Star in Business Litigation by Super Lawyers in 2020, 2021, and 2022.
Michael Tracht joined Perry, Johnson, Anderson, Miller & Moskowitz in 2023 as part of its structured finance and distressed investments group. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Tracht was a litigation associate in the New York and Chicago offices of Kirkland & Ellis and of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, where he worked on business disputes and investigations, such as distressed investments and securities cases, contract litigation, governmental and bankruptcy-related investigations, e-discovery matters, consumer protection class actions and multi-district proceedings, and both residential and commercial landlord-tenant disputes.
Mr. Tracht’s broad client base has included businesses in the financial services, healthcare, pharmaceutical, retail, manufacturing, and automotive industries, among others. He has worked on matters in state and federal courts in several states (including appellate and bankruptcy courts), as well as before mediators and domestic and international arbitration panels, and in administrative proceedings.
Education and Memberships
In 2016, Mr. Tracht received his J.D. from the New York University School of Law, where he was the executive editor of the NYU Moot Court Casebook, a member of the Moot Court Board, and had internships with both the New York State Office of the Attorney General and the Civil Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York. He is a 2011 graduate of the University of Chicago, where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, specializing in Egyptology.
Mr. Tracht is admitted to practice in California, New York, and Illinois, and before the United States District Courts for the Southern District of New York, Eastern District of New York, and Eastern District of Michigan.
Mr. Tracht’s pro bono work has included a major multi-year litigation challenging the State of New York’s insufficient public school funding; a successful asylum appeal for a Somali refugee; Social Security disability appeals; and representing public housing residents facing eviction or dangerous living conditions. As a member of the New York City Bar Association, he co-authored the problem used in the 2021-22 National Moot Court Competition. From 2017 through 2020, he was a playing member and a director of the New York Symphonic Arts Ensemble, and prior to law school, Mr. Tracht completed an AmeriCorps term of service.