As a Partner in Glaser Weil’s Litigation Department, Michael Cypers focuses on complex financial cases. He is an experienced trial lawyer who has tried multiple cases dealing with civil securities, corporate, partnership, financing and fiduciary duty.
Mr. Cypers successful trial work on behalf of a private equity fund that rescinded investment contracts earned a “Top High Impact Verdict” in California distinction in 2010 by the Los Angeles Daily Journal. He has tried several disputes before juries involving financial statements, including a seven-month class action alleging $1 billion in damages that resulted in a defense verdict for Mr. Cypers’ client.
Based in Los Angeles for more than three decades, Mr. Cypers’ practice reaches across the nation and around the world. He successfully represented a private equity firm in its securing rights to solar energy projects in Canada; he represented a public pension in a dispute with a Wall Street securities firm and he represented the majority founders of a venture capital firm in separating from a minority founder. He has also litigated civil securities matters relating to Enron, Cendant, McKesson and Sprint.
Mr. Cypers was an adjunct professor of law at Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley from 1997 until 2012, teaching seminars on securities litigation, corporate governance and advanced civil litigation.
Successful enforcement of solar energy investor's rights in Canadian solar projects.
Successful defense of claim by Lehman Bros. bankruptcy estate against public pension fund.
Successful representation of Swiss hedge fund against California hedge fund.
Overturn adverse arbitration award against client represented by prior counsel. Result for client improved after opponent appealed. Rice v. Downs, 247, Cal. App. 4th 1213 (2016) (review denied).
Successful rescission at trial of equity investor's interests in failed projects.
Successful enforcement of investor's rights in development damaged by Super Storm Sandy.
Successful defense of non-profit sued for fraud.
Corporate Governance/Executive Representation
Successful removal of V.C. Firm founder.
Successful representation of multiple senior executives adverse to their companies.
Multiple claims involving attorneys, accountants and business managers.
The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), Chair, Legal Division
American Friends of the Hebrew University
Western Region Board, 2005 to present
National Board, 2013 to present
Honors & Awards
“Top High Impact Verdict,” Los Angeles Daily Journal, 2010
Benchmark Litigation, Litigation Star, 2017, 2018
Best Lawyers in America© Litigation – Securities “Lawyer of the Year” for Los Angeles, 2016
Best Lawyers in America© for Bet-the-Company, Securities and Commercial Litigation, 2010-2017
Southern California Super Lawyers, 2007-2018
"Avoiding Juries: A Transactional Lawyer Lesson,” Daily Journal, Michael Cypers and Brett Cohen, March 2, 2017
"HP's long, winding road to face a nationwide class," Daily Journal, Michael Cypers and Julia Cherlow, August 4, 2015