Michael C. D’Agostino has broad experience handling complex commercial litigation for corporate and institutional clients in both state and federal courts across the United States and abroad. In his practice, Michael assists clients in responding to governmental investigations and subpoenas, litigation originating in Chapter 11 restructurings, and insurance and reinsurance coverage and related disputes. Michael is also currently serving as a member of the Connecticut Legislature. Continuing his interest in public service, Michael coordinates the pro bono and charitable giving programs for the Hartford office.
Michael is active in both civic and professional affairs. In addition to serving in the Connecticut Legislature, Michael is also a board member of Appleseed, a nonpartisan organization that deploys volunteer lawyers and other professionals to address issues in public education, healthcare, and other areas affecting the lives of the underprivileged.
Prior to joining Morgan Lewis, Michael was a partner at another international law firm, where the litigation team was recognized by the Connecticut Law Tribune in 2013 and 2014 as a “Litigation Department of the Year.”
1. Government Investigations
Representing a reinsurance broker in an antitrust investigation and lawsuit filed by the Connecticut Attorney General, which resulted in a settlement.
Negotiating with the Connecticut Attorney General’s office and officials in other states to effect the orderly wind-down of a national broadcasting school.
Responding to an investigation by the Connecticut Attorney General of hotel pricing, resulting in no action against the firm’s clients.
2. Restructuring Litigation
Acting on behalf of the bondholders of the Icelandic Banks in their challenge to the Icelandic government’s emergency legislation.
Coordinating litigation in the London office on behalf of a group of bondholders in the TXU (Europe) restructuring.
Defending more than two-dozen former shareholders of the Tribune Company in a fraudulent-transfer action brought by the Tribune Litigation Trustee, in which the Trustee seeks to claw-back hundreds of millions of dollars paid to the shareholders as part of Tribune’s leveraged buy-out.
Representing creditor in an asbestos-driven, Chapter 11 bankruptcy of an automobile parts manufacturer.
3. Coverage Matters
Resolving coverage litigation and mediation involving 29,000 underlying silica and asbestos claims.
Responding to data-breach claims arising from the hacking of Sony’s Play-Station gaming system.
Pursuing more than $100 million in reinsurance coverage for asbestos claims.
Michael’s multi-disciplinary skill set—involving knowledge of insurance, bankruptcy, and fraudulent conveyance/transfer liability—also serves to benefit insurance policyholder clients that seek advice regarding how they might safely “ring-fence” certain long-tail and other liabilities (asbestos, environmental) via coverage and/or corporate spin-offs or restructurings.
University of Virginia School of Law, 1996, J.D.
University of Virginia, 1993, B.A., With Distinction
US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
US District Court for the District of Connecticut
US District Court for the Southern District of New York