Michael P. Canty



Michael P. Canty is a partner in the New York office of Labaton Sucharow LLP, where he currently 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 in the field of securities litigation, Michael is an accomplished litigator with more than a decade of trial experience in matters relating to national security, white collar crime, and cybercrime.

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 $550 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 biometric privacy rights of consumers 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 United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York, where he served as 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.  Michael investigated and prosecuted complex and high-profile white collar, national security, and cybercrime offenses. He also 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 United States Department of Justice and during his six years as an Assistant District Attorney.  He 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 intended 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 United States Department of Health and Human Services’ Center for Disease Control and Prevention 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. Deslouches, 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 United States 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 School of Law. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, from Mary Washington College.

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Special Mentions

  • Benchmark Litigation, Future Star (2019-2020)
  • The Legal 500, Recommended in the Field of Securities Litigation (2017)
  • New York State Fire Investigators Association, New York State Arson Prosecutor of the Year Award (2010)
  • U.S. Marshal Service, Honored for successful investigation of a plot to murder a U.S. District Court judge and an Assistant U.S. Attorney
  • North West Counter Terrorism Unit of the Greater Manchester Police (UK), Received Commander's Commendation for successful trial prosecution of Abid Naseer, an al-Qaeda member who conspired to carry out terrorist attacks in Europe and the United States
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Honored by Joint Terrorism Task Force for successful prosecution of Ali Zea, a homegrown terrorist who attempted to travel to Yemen to join al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula


2005, New York

U.S. Court of Appeals
2011, Second Circuit

U.S. District Court
2016, Eastern District of New York