Michael Licker

Associate - Boston

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Michael is an associate in the firm’s Litigation Department, where he focuses his practice on white collar crime and government investigations, securities litigation and other complex civil litigation. He has argued in both state and federal court and successfully presented oral argument on behalf of a client to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, resulting in the lower court’s decision being overturned. He has also represented companies, and their executives, in government investigations relating to accounting, insider trading and obstruction of justice. His civil litigation practice includes representing clients in state and federal courts in matters involving RICO, the False Claims Act, the Massachusetts Uniform Securities Act, breach of fiduciary claims and other complex litigation matters.

Prior to joining Foley Hoag, Michael served as a law clerk to the Hon. James E. Duggan of the New Hampshire Supreme Court. During law school, he worked as a law clerk for Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen, P.C., the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the Honorable Paul Higginbotham of the Wisconsin Court of Appeals. 


  • Northeastern University School of Law, J.D., 2010
  • Syracuse University, B.A., magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 2006

Representative Experience

  • Represented medical company in federal court False Claims Act trial.
  • Successfully presented oral argument on behalf of client to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court resulting in lower court’s decision being overturned.
  • Represented publicly-traded company in obtaining favorable settlement in shareholder litigation in Delaware Chancery Court.
  • Represents seafood retailer in civil RICO action.
  • Represented publicly-traded company in insider trading investigation.
  • Represented publicly-traded company in internal investigation regarding accounting practices.
  • Represented former executive of publicly-traded company in government investigation regarding accounting practices.
  • Represented Chartered Financial Analysts in disciplinary investigation by industry group.
  • Represents Japanese executive in price fixing and obstruction of justice investigation.
  • Represents investment adviser in defense of class action suit regarding investment in online gaming companies in Delaware Chancery Court.
  • Represented issuer of residential mortgage backed securities in lawsuit under Massachusetts Uniform Securities Act.
  • Successfully obtained preliminary injunction on behalf of shipping consultant in federal court.
  • Successfully represented a national accounting firm in New Hampshire state court action.
  • Successfully assisted victims of domestic violence obtain restraining orders against their abusive partners.
  • Successfully assisted victim of domestic violence obtain immigration relief.
  • Michele Adelman, Daniel N. Marx and Michael J. Licker, Where's the Steak Dinner? Why the Supreme Court Needs to Clarify the Criminal Law of Insider Trading, Westlaw Journal, White-Collar Crime (August 2016) 
  • Daniel N. Marx, Lisa C. Wood and Michael J. Licker, Securities and Exchange Commission Year in Review: Enforcement Actions and Issues from 2015 (Part I of II, January 2016)
  • Daniel N. Marx, Lisa C. Wood and Michael J. Licker, SEC Enforcement Year in Review: Actions and Issues from 2014, The Investment Lawyer (January 2015)
  • Kenneth S. Leonetti and Michael J. Licker, Venue Transfer in Houghton Mifflin, Patriot Coal and Qualteq: The New Norm or Aberration?, ABI Northeast Bankruptcy Conference (July 2013)
  • Kenneth S. Leonetti and Michael J. Licker, Jurisdiction and Venue Considerations in Fraudulent Transfer Litigation After Stern v. Marshall, MCLE New England Bankruptcy Law Conference 2012 (November 2012)
  • Andrew Schwartz and Michael J. Licker, Avoidance Actions After Stern v. Marshall, ABI Northeast Bankruptcy Conference (July 2012)


  • Super Lawyers Massachusetts Rising Star (2013-2015)


  • Domestic and Sexual Violence Council, Co-Chair
  • Boston Bar Association, Member
    • New Lawyers Section Liaison to the Litigation Section
    • New Lawyers Section Social Committee Co-Chair
  • Massachusetts Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters of Great Boston, Mentor
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Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals First Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts