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Michele R. Di Franco

Associate

Growing up in a family of small business owners and entrepreneurs, Michele knows the challenges faced by businesses firsthand. Michele builds on these experiences to help find creative solutions to complex issues.

Commercial and Intellectual Property Litigation

As a member of the firm’s Commercial and Intellectual Property Litigation practice group, Michele is focused primarily on researching and analyzing legal issues, performing due diligence review, drafting memoranda and legal documents for commercial disputes. Michele has represented businesses and individuals in disputes in state and federal courts across the country on a wide range of issues.

Government and Internal Investigations

As a member of the firm’s Government and Internal Investigations practice group, Michele represents organizations and individuals in a range of criminal, civil, and regulatory investigations, including both plaintiff- and defense-side False Claims Act litigation. Michele also has experience working on internal investigations and whistleblower complaints.

Before joining Harter Secrest & Emery, Michele worked in the Civil Recoveries Bureau at the New York State Office of the Attorney General. While in law school, Michele was a research assistant to Professor Patrick M. Connors, a leading expert in New York civil procedure, where he assisted with researching and editing the McKinney’s Practice Commentaries, numerous articles published in the New York Law Journal, and the semi-annual supplements to the treatise New York Practice, which has been cited by thousands of reported cases and has been called “The Bible” of litigation in New York State courts.

PROFESSIONAL & CIVIC AFFILIATIONS

  • Member, Federalist Society
  • Member, Monroe County Bar Association
  • Member, New York State Bar Association

HONORS & AWARDS

  • Albany Law School
    • Executive Editor for Research & Business, Albany Law Review
    • Best Brief, Domenick L. Gabrielli Appellate Advocacy Competition

NEWS

PRESENTATIONS

  • Presenter, “Trust Accounts and Unclaimed Funds,” Western & Central New York Chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators Conference, June 6, 2023

PRACTICE AREAS

ADMISSIONS

  • New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Western, Northern, Southern & Eastern Districts of New York

EDUCATION

  • Albany Law School, J.D., magna cum laude
  • University of Ottawa, M.A., Economics
  • University of Ottawa, B.Soc.Sc., magna cum laude

Growing up in a family of small business owners and entrepreneurs, Michele knows the challenges faced by businesses firsthand. Michele builds on these experiences to help find creative solutions to complex issues.

Commercial and Intellectual Property Litigation

As a member of the firm’s Commercial and Intellectual Property Litigation practice group, Michele is focused primarily on researching and analyzing legal issues, performing due diligence review, drafting memoranda and legal documents for commercial disputes. Michele has represented businesses and individuals in disputes in state and federal courts across the country on a wide range of issues.

Government and Internal Investigations

As a member of the firm’s Government and Internal Investigations practice group, Michele represents organizations and individuals in a range of criminal, civil, and regulatory investigations, including both plaintiff- and defense-side False Claims Act litigation. Michele also has experience working on internal investigations and whistleblower complaints.

Before joining Harter Secrest & Emery, Michele worked in the Civil Recoveries Bureau at the New York State Office of the Attorney General. While in law school, Michele was a research assistant to Professor Patrick M. Connors, a leading expert in New York civil procedure, where he assisted with researching and editing the McKinney’s Practice Commentaries, numerous articles published in the New York Law Journal, and the semi-annual supplements to the treatise New York Practice, which has been cited by thousands of reported cases and has been called “The Bible” of litigation in New York State courts.

PROFESSIONAL & CIVIC AFFILIATIONS

  • Member, Federalist Society
  • Member, Monroe County Bar Association
  • Member, New York State Bar Association

HONORS & AWARDS

  • Albany Law School
    • Executive Editor for Research & Business, Albany Law Review
    • Best Brief, Domenick L. Gabrielli Appellate Advocacy Competition

NEWS

PRESENTATIONS

  • Presenter, “Trust Accounts and Unclaimed Funds,” Western & Central New York Chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators Conference, June 6, 2023

PRACTICE AREAS

ADMISSIONS

  • New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Western, Northern, Southern & Eastern Districts of New York

EDUCATION

  • Albany Law School, J.D., magna cum laude
  • University of Ottawa, M.A., Economics
  • University of Ottawa, B.Soc.Sc., magna cum laude
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