Michael Cumming’s practice centers upon defending companies and individuals in government investigations and regulatory matters in the areas of securities, government contracts, and consumer financial services. A former licensed securities professional, Michael frequently aids clients in examinations and enforcement actions brought by the US Securities and Exchange Commission, FINRA, and state regulators. He has particular experience and industry knowledge relevant to oil and gas private placements. Michael also maintains a robust white collar criminal defense practice, routinely defending clients in connection with investigations by the US Department of Justice and other federal agencies.
In the government contracts arena, Michael has represented clients in connection with DCAA and OIG audits and inquiries. Similarly for consumer finance, he has defended clients against enforcement actions by the CFPB, HUD, and state consumer protection agencies. Michael has also responded to ATF inquiries and investigations on behalf of large, nationwide retailers of firearms and explosives.
Michael also maintains an active pro bono practice, frequently using his Spanish fluency to aid immigrants and refugees in securing U-visas (crime victims) and T-visas (human trafficking victims).
Prior to attending the University of Texas School of Law, Michael held several positions, first as a Series 7 Registered Representative with Charles Schwab and later at Sears Holdings Company, where he managed a team of analysts that used statistical methods to develop demand forecasts and hiring plans.
University of Texas School of Law, 2011, J.D.
Saint Edwards University, 2007, B.B.A., Accounting
US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Awards and Affiliations
Ones to Watch, Criminal Defense: White-Collar, Dallas, The Best Lawyers in America (2022, 2023)
Associate Editor, Texas Law Review, University of Texas School of Law
Chairperson, Legal Research Board, University of Texas School of Law