Senior Counsel

Michael A. Schachter

  • Complex Commercial Litigation

Michael Schachter is Senior Counsel at Keller/Anderle LLP, focusing on complex business trials. He is a graduate of Harvard University and the New York University School of Law. Before joining Keller/Anderle LLP, Michael was an associate at Paul Hastings in New York, where he gained significant experience in all phases of pretrial litigation. Michael is admitted to practice in both New York and California.

At KA Michael was an integral part of the trial team defending developer Jeffrey Burum in a mammoth public corruption trial.  After nine months of trial, the jury acquitted Mr. Burum in approximately three hours, without the defense having to present a single witness.  Currently Mike is working on the defense of a bad faith case with tens of millions of dollars at stake, and defending the City of Costa Mesa on allegations it discriminates against sober living homes.

Michael was a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Myron H. Thompson of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama, a trailblazing jurist and the second African-American federal judge in Alabama. After leaving the District Court, Michael clerked for the Honorable Stephanie K. Seymour of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. Judge Seymour is also considered a trailblazer, for women in the law and on the bench.

Michael has made substantial contributions to pro bono work. His pro bono work at Paul Hastings included successfully representing two minors seeking special immigrant juvenile status findings from state courts. He was an intern for the Legal Aid Society in Brooklyn, representing children in family court on delinquency and child protective petitions. During law school, he served as a student advocate at the Civil Rights Clinic at NYU School of Law, where he participated in a successful challenge to a government ban on photography in public areas near federal buildings and obtained dismissals of criminal charges in three cases involving government mistreatment of photographers. Michael has also completed internships with the ACLU of Washington State, the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division in Washington, D.C., and New York Lawyers for the Public Interest.

Mike was given a “2019 California Lawyer Attorneys of the Year” award for for his role as lead motions attorney in Yellowstone Women’s First Step House, Inc., et al. v. City of Costa Mesa.

Between college and law school, Michael spent two years as an elementary school teacher in Charlotte, North Carolina, through Teach for America.

  • California Lawyer Magazine CLAY Award (California Lawyer Attorneys of the Year), Litigation (2019)
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers In America®, S. Naifeh & G. Smith (2020), Civil Rights Law
  • The Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journals, “Top Defense Verdicts” (2018)
  • Orange County City Attorneys’ Association, “Reasonable Regulations of Sober Living Homes: The Costa Mesa Case Study,” panel with Nahal Kazemi (April 18, 2019, Costa Mesa, CA)