Michael J. Madigan

Michael J. Madigan

Senior Counsel, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Topics: International & National Security Law • Corporations, Securities & Antitrust • Criminal Law & Procedure

Michael J. Madigan is a litigation partner in Orrick's Washington, D.C., office. Mr. Madigan has more than 30 years of experience in white collar criminal investigations, congressional and corporate investigations, corporate governance issues and Washington, D.C., legislative and political issues. He began his legal career by serving as a federal prosecutor where he tried more than 100 jury trials. At age 30, he served as Counsel to Senator Howard Baker on the historic Senate Watergate Committee. In addition, Mr. Madigan has served as Chief Counsel for Senator Fred Thompson's Campaign Finance investigation, Counsel to the Church Committee and Minority Counsel of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Mr. Madigan has successfully defended corporate and individual clients (including law firms and accounting firms) in a variety of complex criminal, civil and congressional investigations; conducted corporate internal investigations and counseled on corporate governance and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act issues.

Mr. Madigan has been elected to and/or been asked to serve on a variety of boards and has been involved in the major decision-making of each organization, including the Board of Governors of the D.C. Bar (elected to two three-year terms); the Board of Trustees of the District of Columbia Public Defender Service; the Boards of Directors of the Robert A. Shuker Scholarship Fund, Inc.; the Frederick B. Abramson Memorial Foundation, the D.C. Conference on Opportunities for Minorities in the Legal Profession, the Council for Court Excellence and the Bar Association of the District of Columbia (elected to two two-year terms).

Mr. Madigan has been appointed to serve on a number of commissions and committees, including the District of Columbia Federal Judicial Nominating Commission (federal judge selection), the Magistrate Judge Selection Committee (Vice Chairman), the D.C. Judicial Nomination Commission (local judge selection), the D.C. Circuit Judicial Conference and the Mayor's Corporation Counsel Advisory Committee. He has taught Trial Advocacy at the National Institute of Trial Advocacy for the past 20 years, where he received the "Justin Simon Award for Excellence in Teaching" and has been a Delegate to both the D.C. Circuit and D.C. Judicial Conferences for the last 15 years.

Mr. Madigan is a Fellow in the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and a "Master" in the Edward Bennett Williams Inn of Court. He is a Member of the Barristers, the Lawyers Club and the Cosmos Club.

  • J.D., Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law
  • B.S., University of Connecticut


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