Michael P. Canty is a Partner in the New York office of Labaton Sucharow LLP, where he serves as General Counsel and head of the Firm’s Consumer Cybersecurity and Data Privacy group. Michael’s practice focuses on complex fraud cases on behalf of institutional investors and consumers.
Recommended by The Legal 500 and Benchmark Litigation as an accomplished litigator, Michael has more than a decade of trial experience in matters relating to national security, white collar crime, and cybercrime. Michael has been recognized as a Plaintiffs’ Trailblazer and a NY Trailblazer by the National Law Journal and the New York Law Journal, respectively, for his impact on the practice and business of law. Lawdragon has also recognized Mike as one of the “500 Leading Plaintiff Financial Lawyers in America,” as the result of their research into the country’s top verdicts and settlements.
Michael has successfully prosecuted a number of high-profile securities matters involving technology companies. Most notably, Michael is part of the litigation team that recently achieved a historic $650 million settlement in the In re Facebook Biometric Information Privacy Litigation matter—the largest consumer data privacy settlement ever and one of the first cases asserting consumers’ biometric privacy rights under Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA). Michael has also led cases against AMD, a multi-national semiconductor company, and Ubiquiti Networks, Inc., a global software company. In both cases, Michael played a pivotal role in securing favorable settlements for investors.
Prior to joining Labaton Sucharow, Michael served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York, where he was the Deputy Chief of the Office’s General Crimes Section. During his time as a federal prosecutor, Michael also served in the Office’s National Security and Cybercrimes Section. Prior to this, he served as an Assistant District Attorney for the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office, where he handled complex state criminal offenses and served in the Office’s Homicide Unit.
Michael has extensive trial experience both from his days as a prosecutor in New York City for the U.S. Department of Justice and as a Nassau County Assistant District Attorney. Michael served as trial counsel in more than 35 matters, many of which related to violent crime, white-collar, and terrorism-related offenses. He played a pivotal role in United States v. Abid Naseer, where he prosecuted and convicted an al-Qaeda operative who conspired to carry out attacks in the United States and Europe. Michael also led the investigation in United States v. Marcos Alonso Zea, a case in which he successfully prosecuted a citizen for attempting to join a terrorist organization in the Arabian Peninsula and for providing material support for planned attacks.
Michael also has extensive experience investigating and prosecuting cases involving the distribution of prescription opioids. In January 2012, Michael was assigned to the U.S. Attorney’s Office Prescription Drug Initiative to mount a comprehensive response to what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has called an epidemic increase in the abuse of so-called opioid analgesics. As a member of the initiative, in United States v. Conway and United States v. Deslouche, Michael successfully prosecuted medical professionals who were illegally prescribing opioids. In United States v. Moss et al., he was responsible for dismantling one of the largest oxycodone rings operating in the New York metropolitan area at the time. In addition to prosecuting these cases, Michael spoke regularly to the community on the dangers of opioid abuse as part of the Office’s community outreach.
Before becoming a prosecutor, Michael worked as a Congressional Staff Member for the U.S. House of Representatives. He primarily served as a liaison between the Majority Leader’s Office and the Government Reform and Oversight Committee. During his time with the House of Representatives, Michael managed congressional oversight of the United States Postal Service and reviewed and analyzed counter-narcotics legislation as it related to national security matters.
Michael earned his Juris Doctor, cum laude, from St. John’s University’s School of Law. He received his Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, from Mary Washington College.
2005, New York
U.S. Court of Appeals
2011, Second Circuit
U.S. District Court
2016, Eastern District of New York