Michael J. Pendell
As an associate in Motley Rice’s Securities and Consumer Fraud practice group, Michael Pendell represents individual and institutional clients in complex securities and consumer fraud litigation and shareholder derivative suits. He has experience representing institutional and individual investors in claims involving common law fraud pursuant to state securities laws. Michael also represents a wide array of plaintiffs in commercial cases, including small business owners in breach of contract and tortuous interference claims.
Michael joined Motley Rice after serving as an associate with a Connecticut-based law firm, where he gained more than three years of experience in both federal and state courts in such areas as commercial and construction litigation, media and administrative law, personal injury defense and labor and employment matters. Michael was responsible for drafting complex pleadings, handling discovery, taking and defending depositions, and representing clients at prejudgement remedy hearings, arbitrations and trials.
Michael served as a legal intern for the Honorable Randolph F. Treece of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York and as a law clerk for the Major Felony Unity of the Albany County District Attorney’s Office. He served as the executive editor for the New York State Bar Association Government Law & Policy Journal and senior editor for the Albany Law Review, which published his 2008 article entitled, “How Far is Too Far? The Spending Clause, the Tenth Amendment, and the Education State’s Battle Against Unfunded Mandates.” An avid writer, Michael has additional experience in freelance writing, as well as teaching, photography and film production.
Named a 2013 Super Lawyers® Rising Star*, Michael is currently an adjunct professor at Albertus Magnus College where he teaches business law to BA and MBA candidates. In addition to being selected during law school as a Sponslor Teaching Fellow and ACES Teaching Fellow, he won both of Albany Law School’s major moot court competitions, the Gabrielli Moot Court Appellate Advocacy Competition and the Karen C. McGovern Senior Prize Trials. He is also a New York State Bar Association Trial Academy graduate and a member of The Order of the Barristers and the Gold Key Honor Society. Michael is a member of the Connecticut Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association and the American Bar Association.