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Michael Cypers
MICHAEL CYPERS “I'm in the solutions business — helping executives solve complex business problems. My favorite part of law practice is to help executives and their companies find solutions to complicated problems, whether that is before suit is filed, in the litigation process or during - or even after - trial.”

Michael Cypers

Partner

Los Angeles (main)

t: 310.556.7885
f: 310.843.2685
mcypers@glaserweil.com

Michael Cypers

Partner

Los Angeles (main)

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 Cypers successful trial work on behalf of a private equity fund that rescinded investment contracts earned a “Top High Impact Verdict” in California distinction in 2010 by the Los Angeles Daily Journal.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.

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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.

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  • Practice Areas
  • Education
    • Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkeley, J.D.

    • University of California, Berkeley, A.B., History, with Great Distinction in General Scholarship, recipient of the Regents’ Scholarship

  • State Bar Admissions
    • California

  • Representative Matters
    • Private Equity/Investment

    • 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

    • Affordable Housing

    • 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

    • Professional Liability

    • Multiple claims involving attorneys, accountants and business managers

  • Honors & Awards
    • “Top High Impact Verdict,” Los Angeles Daily Journal, 2010

    • Benchmark Litigation, Litigation Star, 2017

    • 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, 2007-2016

  • Publications
  • Practice Areas
  • Education
    • Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkeley, J.D.

    • University of California, Berkeley, A.B., History, with Great Distinction in General Scholarship, recipient of the Regents’ Scholarship

  • State Bar Admissions
    • California

  • Representative Matters
    • Private Equity/Investment

    • 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

    • Affordable Housing

    • 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

    • Professional Liability

    • Multiple claims involving attorneys, accountants and business managers

  • Honors & Awards
    • “Top High Impact Verdict,” Los Angeles Daily Journal, 2010

    • Benchmark Litigation, Litigation Star, 2017

    • 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, 2007-2016

  • Publications