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Michael A. Goldsticker

Raleigh | 919.835.4624
Fax | 919.834.4564

Michael Goldsticker is a commercial litigator and trial attorney. He handles, investigates, and litigates cases involving complex commercial disputes, including claims under the False Claims Act (qui tam actions) and other business fraud cases. He has litigated disputes involving noncompete and non-solicitation agreements, insurance coverage, trademarks, settlement agreements, leases, executive compensation, securities, and government procurement. His experience includes class actions, multidistrict litigation, and administrative proceedings. He has represented businesses and individuals in internal investigations and litigation in the financial, clinical laboratory, life sciences, health care, solar energy, construction, and government contract sectors.

Michael is a former assistant U.S. attorney with significant experience in large-scale investigations. He has tried numerous cases as a prosecutor and on behalf of businesses and individuals before state and federal courts, juries, and arbitration panels throughout the country. Michael now serves on the Criminal Justice Act panel for the Eastern District of North Carolina, accepting court appointments to represent defendants in criminal matters who cannot afford to retain a lawyer.

Michael also has developed in-depth knowledge and experience in eDiscovery and the management and organization of extensive discovery, including document review and organization.

Prior to joining Parker Poe, Michael served as a federal prosecutor in the District of Maryland, overseeing sweeping investigations into violations of federal criminal laws, including those involving corruption, conspiracy, and money laundering. Earlier in his career, Michael was a litigator at Williams & Connolly in Washington, DC, where he focused on complex civil litigation and criminal defense.

Michael is a former law clerk for the Honorable José A. Cabranes of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, as well as the Honorable Robert N. Chatigny of the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut.

Michael graduated magna cum laude from Duke Law School and served as an articles editor for the Duke Law Journal.

Outside of work, Michael enjoys Carolina Panthers football, Duke basketball, cooking, musicals, camping, biking, and hiking with his family.

Representative Experience

False Claims Act & Government Contracts

  • Served as counsel for plaintiff relator in reverse False Claims Act case in District of Columbia Superior Court resulting in multimillion-dollar recovery.
  • Served as defense counsel for large national health system in a False Claims Act case arising from alleged Stark Law and Anti-Kickback Statute violations.
  • Represented a Fortune 500 corporation in a False Claims Act case investigated by the U.S. Department of Justice's Civil and Criminal Divisions.
  • Served as trial counsel for petitioner in administrative challenge to state contract award.

Complex Commercial Disputes

  • Served as counsel in multimillion-dollar construction dispute in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia resulting in dismissal of all claims.
  • Served as defense counsel in civil RICO class action arising from allegedly fraudulent tax-favored investments.
  • Represented a global defense contractor accused of a $1 billion breach of contract before an American Arbitration Association (AAA) panel.
  • Defended a financial services company accused of civil RICO violations and fraud, culminating in a three-month bench trial in the Southern District of New York.
  • Defended a major private equity firm facing breach-of-fiduciary-duty and mismanagement claims related to the collapse of a residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) investment fund.

Environmental & Products Liability

  • Serves as defense counsel for chemical manufacturing companies in multidistrict litigation for aqueous film forming foam (AFFF) PFAS claims in the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina.
  • Represented a national electronics and office-supply retailer defending against catastrophic personal-injury claims.

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Honors & Awards

  • The Best Lawyers in America "Ones to Watch" in Commercial Litigation, 2024
  • ATF National Integrated Ballistic Information Network (NIBIN) Award, 2021
  • FBI and Montgomery County Police Department’s Prosecutorial Special Recognition Award, 2019
  • Order of the Coif