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Michael P. Addis

Partner, Litigation

Michael P. Addis primarily focuses his practice on complex civil litigation related to general commercial, contractual, securities, shareholder derivative, antitrust and mergers and acquisitions disputes. He has represented a wide range of clients, including Allied World Assurance Company, Biogen, Colgate‑Palmolive, JPMorgan Chase, Mylan, Novartis, Qualcomm and The Williams Companies. Mr. Addis also devotes a significant portion of his practice to pro bono service and was selected as a United States Presidential Leadership Scholar.

Representative matters include:

  • Representing The Williams Companies and members of Williams’s Board in a lawsuit in Delaware relating to the company’s now‑terminated $37.7 billion combination with Energy Transfer Equity.
  • Representing Biogen in a qui tam action in Massachusetts federal court alleging violations of the False Claims Act and Anti‑Kickback Statute.
  • Representing Qualcomm in several matters relating to the company’s patent licensing and chipset businesses, including (i) an antitrust suit filed by the Federal Trade Commission, which was tried in January 2019 and is currently on appeal to the Ninth Circuit; (ii) an action filed by Apple in California federal court, which included claims for breach of contract and violations of the Sherman Act; and (iii) an action against four iPhone manufacturers for breach of contract, among other claims. Following opening statements at trial, Apple and Qualcomm reached a global settlement that includes a payment from Apple to Qualcomm; the companies also reached a six‑year license agreement and a multi-year chipset supply agreement.
  • Representing Novartis Pharmaceuticals in two qui tam actions in New York federal court alleging violations of the False Claims Act and Anti‑Kickback Statute.
  • Represented Allied World Assurance Company in an adversary proceeding brought in New York bankruptcy court by successors to the estate of MF Global Holdings to recover on excess insurance policies. Following Cravath’s retention, Allied World secured an order compelling arbitration of the dispute in Bermuda.
  • Represented Colgate‑Palmolive in two product liability lawsuits in California state court concerning the company’s talcum powder products, which settled.
  • Represented JPMorgan Chase and related entities (including Bear Stearns and Washington Mutual) in multiple residential mortgage‑backed securities actions filed across the country asserting claims for, among other things, alleged violations of federal and state securities laws, common law fraud and negligent misrepresentations.

Representative pro bono matters include:

  • United States v. Jermel Lewis (Third Circuit en banc): Argued before the Third Circuit en banc and helped achieve a ruling on an important issue of criminal constitutional rights law, representing amicus curiae Amachi, Inc., a nonprofit organization that tutors children of prisoners, in connection with Jermel Lewis’s appeal of his criminal sentence. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, sitting en banc, vacated Mr. Lewis’s sentence (reversing its own prior decision) and remanded for resentencing. The court followed the analysis set forth in Mr. Addis’s argument and Cravath’s amicus brief, holding that it was harmful error in violation of Mr. Lewis’s constitutional rights to sentence Mr. Lewis for a greater offense than that for which he had been indicted, tried, jury‑instructed and convicted.
  • Tevin Benjamin v. Mississippi (Mississippi Supreme Court): Argued before the Mississippi Supreme Court in the direct appeal of 14‑year‑old Tevin Benjamin’s capital murder conviction and life‑without‑parole sentence. The Mississippi Supreme Court vacated Mr. Benjamin’s conviction and sentence, finding that Mr. Benjamin was subject to interrogation after invoking his right to counsel, in violation of U.S. Supreme Court precedent Edwards v. Arizona.
  • Terry Hye, Jr. v. Mississippi (U.S. Supreme Court): Filed a petition for writ of certiorari in the U.S. Supreme Court, asserting that by instructing the jury on the elements of an underlying offense to capital murder not charged in the indictment, and failing to instruct the jury on all of the elements of the underlying offense charged in the indictment, the trial court constructively amended the grand jury’s indictment in violation of 16‑year‑old Mr. Hye’s constitutional rights.

Mr. Addis was born in Kansas City, Missouri. He received an A.B. magna cum laude in English from Princeton University in 2005, where he received the English Department’s Senior Comprehensive Examination Prize. In 2007, while teaching for Teach for America in New York City, he received an M.S.T. in Teaching Secondary English from Pace University. Mr. Addis received a J.D. from Harvard Law School in 2010, where he was the Assistant Managing Editor and a Senior Editor of the International Law Journal, the Captain of the Jessup International Moot Court Team, the teacher of a self‑advocacy seminar for juvenile offenders and a Harvard Teach for America Scholar. Following graduation, Mr. Addis practiced pro bono indigent criminal defense and civil rights law in Jackson, Mississippi and was an Adjunct Professor at the Mississippi College School of Law.

Mr. Addis joined Cravath in 2011. In 2013, he served as a law clerk to Hon. Kermit V. Lipez of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. Mr. Addis rejoined Cravath in 2014 and was elected a partner in 2019.

Mr. Addis is admitted only in New York.

Contact
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