Michael K. Isenman

Michael K. Isenman

Partner
Michael K. Isenman

Mike Isenman, a partner in Goodwin’s Financial Industry and Securities Litigation & SEC Enforcement practices, focuses his practice primarily on securities, class action, and other complex litigation, with a particular emphasis on matters involving investment companies and financial institutions. Mr. Isenman represents clients in federal courts throughout the country, in commercial arbitrations, and before federal and state government agencies. He counsels clients on a variety of regulatory and compliance matters arising under the federal securities laws.

Recognition

Mr. Isenman is peer-rated AV® Preeminent™ in Martindale-Hubbell. Mr. Isenman was recognized in The Legal 500 United States as a leading lawyer in securities litigation in 2016, in shareholder litigation in 2015, and in ERISA litigation in 2014. While attending law school, Mr. Isenman served as Article Editor of the Michigan Law Review.

Experience

Mr. Isenman represents mutual funds, investment advisers, fund and retirement plan service providers, insurance companies, hedge funds, other financial services companies, and their respective officers and directors in a variety of litigation and regulatory contexts, including class actions, shareholder derivative litigation, internal investigations, and governmental investigations and inquiries.

Outside of the financial services arena, Mr. Isenman frequently represents companies in class actions, complex business disputes, and other litigation.

Examples of recent representations include:

  • A top-ten asset manager by AUM, currently defending it in actions brought under Section 36(b) of the Investment Company Act of 1940 alleging that it charged excessive investment advisory fees.
  • A national association of registered investment companies, filing amicus briefs on its behalf in the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in connection with the Ninth’s Circuit’s decision in Northstar Financial Advisors, Inc. v. Schwab Investments.
  • The independent directors of a group of mutual funds, successfully obtaining the dismissal of a putative shareholder derivative and class action that alleged breach of fiduciary duty in connection with the sale of the mutual funds’ investment adviser, and successfully defending that judgment on appeal. Halebian v. Berv, 869 F. Supp. 2d 420 (S.D.N.Y. 2012), aff’d, 548 Fed. Appx. 641 (2d Cir. Nov. 12, 2013)
  • A large mutual fund complex, successfully obtaining the dismissal of a putative 10b-5 class action alleging that fund prospectuses falsely represented that class A shares were better long-term investments than other share classes
  • A closed-end fund and its board’s special litigation committee, serving as lead counsel in successfully defending the fund in an action brought by another closed-end fund arising out of a contested proxy contest
  • A large financial services company, serving as lead counsel in successfully obtaining the dismissal of several putative class actions challenging the company’s use of retained asset accounts to settle life insurance claims, and successfully defending those dismissals on appeal
  • A large 401(k) plan provider, conducting an internal investigation regarding payments to intermediaries in connection with sales of retirement services
  • A large financial services company, serving as lead counsel in successfully obtaining the dismissal of a putative class action challenging an increase in cost-of-insurance charges in universal life insurance contracts
  • A large financial services company, defending an ERISA "stock-drop" class action alleging breach of fiduciary duty in connection with origination and underwriting of sub-prime loans
  • A large financial services company, successfully trying a lawsuit against a well-known mutual fund market-timer
  • A special committee of the board of directors of a privately held company, serving as lead counsel in a dispute with a controlling shareholder
  • Various financial services companies, investment advisers and related entities in connection with investigations or inquiries by the SEC, the FTC, the New York Attorney General's Office and other government regulators

Professional Experience

Mr. Isenman was a partner at Shea & Gardner prior to its combination with Goodwin in 2004.

 

Credentials

Education

J.D., 1991
The University of Michigan Law School

(cum laude)

A.B., 1988
Harvard College

(cum laude)

Clerkships

1991 to 1992 U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, Honorable David M. Ebel

Admissions

Bar

District of Columbia

Courts

U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
U.S. District Court of Maryland
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