Michael Calhoon


Michael Calhoon Photo

Washington, D.C.

P: +1.202.639.7954
F: +1.202.585.1096
  • Lead trial counsel in a $1 billion+ breach of warranty and Rule 10b-5 securities fraud dispute for a major media company against Vivendi S.A. and Universal Studios. The trial in the Southern District of New York ended in a favorable jury verdict and a judgment by the Court for 944 million Euros for our client.
  • Lead trial counsel in a $1.37 billion international oil & gas dispute involving theft of trade secret and tortious interference for a major Russian-based natural gas company against a Texas-based independent oil & gas company. The trial in Texas state court ended in a complete dismissal of all claims by the plaintiff after four weeks of trial.
  • Lead trial counsel in a $30 million breach of contract and tortious interference dispute for a publicly-traded satellite and telecommunications company against a publicly-traded satellite and aerospace company. The trial in Virginia state court ended in a take nothing judgment for our client after a favorable verdict at trial.
  • Lead trial and appellate counsel defending a subprime mortgage originator in significant “put-back” actions brought by RMBS servicer/trustee in SDNY. The cases ended on motions for summary judgment that were upheld in February 2022 by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • Defending an electric utility in Federal court in Florida against breach of contract claims arising from a 30-year Tolling Agreement with purchase options related to a proposed gas-fired generation plant.
  • Defended former president of top pharmaceutical company in class action Rule 10b-5 action in SDNY.
  • Accounting firm-represented firm as trial counsel for Rule 10b-5 securities fraud class action case alleging $1 Billion in damages, which settled for $10 Million on the eve of trial in June 2013 (U.S. Dist. Ct., S.D.N.Y.).
  • Oil company-represented company in commercial cases in Delaware Chancery Court (all claims dismissed on summary judgment in $100 Million breach of contract suit involving a gas-to-fuels joint venture) and Alaska state court (settled case involving abandonment liability for an oil drilling platform).
  • Media and communications company-dismissal of $1 Billion conspiracy claim brought over the collapse of a German conglomerate on forum non conveniens grounds (U.S. Dist. Ct., S.D.N.Y.).
  • U.S. automotive company-take-nothing defense jury verdicts in product liability cases as trial counsel in jury trials in Texas state and federal courts with claimed damages of $1 million.
  • Consumer products company-take-nothing defense verdict in federal jury trial and appeal in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit as lead trial and appellate counsel defending against a trademark claim (S.D. Tex.).
  • Energy company-defense verdict in Texas state jury trial and appeal as lead trial and appellate counsel over the ad valorem tax valuation of a lignite coal mine that was reduced from $85M to $38M at trial.
  • Building contractor-favorable jury verdict in a trademark case as lead trial counsel resulting in an injunction and money award against a federal trademark registrant (S.D. Tex.).
  • Electronics company-trial counsel in patent infringement suit relating to mobile phone antenna technology (E.D. Tex.).
  • Financial services company-conducted internal investigation arising from alleged bidding impropriety.
  • Major Korean corporation-counsel in International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) arbitration arising from fraud by joint venture partners.
  • U.S. land developer-favorable decision in American Arbitration Association (AAA) arbitration of a significant commercial property claim.