Laura-Michelle Horgan


Laura-Michelle Horgan

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Laura-Michelle Horgan handles all aspects of litigation in federal and state courts, with a concentration on commercial business disputes, white-collar criminal defense, intellectual property disputes, and other complex litigation matters. Laura-Michelle regularly represents public and private corporations, financial institutions, a major energy supplier, media conglomerates, sports leagues, well-known consumer product companies, and leading internet companies.

Laura-Michelle has over fifteen years of trial experience, as well as arbitrations, mediations, and administrative proceedings. She has brought numerous matters to highly successful conclusions for her clients including obtaining and collecting on multi-million dollar judgments on contract and fraud claims brought on behalf of her clients, as well as swift dismissal of claims brought against them. Laura-Michelle also regularly obtains highly favorable settlements when that is the most practicable solution for her clients.

Laura-Michelle has substantial experience in bringing and defending civil fraud claims, conducting internal investigations, and issuing advisory opinions on compliance with securities law. She has led internal investigations of publicly traded companies and not-for-profit institutions. As part of her white collar defense practice, Laura-Michelle has represented clients in matters prosecuted by the Department of Justice, including alleged securities fraud, tax fraud, and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations. Her experience includes representing clients at interviews, depositions, proffer sessions, hearings, and grand jury appearances. Together with the Firm’s corporate team, Laura-Michelle also represents mid-size companies in general corporate matters.

Prior to joining Barton, Laura-Michelle was a member of Gage Spencer & Fleming LLP in Manhattan where she handled all aspects of white-collar criminal, regulatory and complex commercial litigation matters.

Industry Experience


Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Represented Prominent Brands in IP Disputes in Federal Court
    • Represented well-known brands in intellectual property disputes in Federal Court and before the United States Patent and Trademark Office and obtained highly successful results for clients. Recently, Laura-Michelle represented a top internet retailer against a competitor company that copied the client’s website, and she defeated a motion to dismiss copyright infringement, trade dress infringement, false advertising, unfair competition, and unjust enrichment claims.
Regulatory Investigations and Enforcement
  • Navigated Investigations and Prosecutions by DOJ
    • Represented high-profile clients in investigations and prosecutions by the Department of Justice, including alleged securities fraud, tax fraud, and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations. Laura-Michelle has represented clients at government interviews, depositions, proffer sessions, hearings, and grand jury appearances.
  • Represented Companies in SEC Matters
    • Represented companies in matters before the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), including responding to subpoenas, representing clients at witness interviews and depositions, drafting and defending Wells submissions, preparing for trial, presenting results of internal investigations to the SEC, and conducting settlement negotiations.
  • Represented Investors Before FINRA
    • Represented industry professionals and investor actions before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA).
Commercial Litigation
  • Counsel to Media Corporations Embroiled in Civil Matters
    • Represented major New York-based media corporations and sports leagues in connection with a wide variety of civil matters brought by and against them in Federal and State courts.
  • Successfully Defended Student in Title IX Hearing
    • Represented and successfully defended a university student in a Title IX disciplinary hearing and federal litigation of civil rights claims.
  • Achieved Multi-Million-Dollar Jury Award in Civil Trial
    • Represented a leading consumer products corporation bringing employee raiding claims against a competitor. After a two-week civil trial, the client received a multi-million-dollar jury award.
  • Defeated Motion to Dismiss Unjust Enrichment Claim
    • Represented a major marketing agency and defeated a motion to dismiss an unjust enrichment claim they were making against an investment company that allegedly took over the operations of a creditor and continued business operations as an alter ego.
  • Obtained Dismissal of Lawsuit Involving Real Estate Purchase
    • Obtained dismissal of a lawsuit for specific performance of a real estate purchase and financing contract on a motion to dismiss. Successfully represented banks and private lenders in foreclosure and quiet title actions.
  • Obtained Dismissal of Lawsuit Alleging NYFSA Violation
    • Represented the owner and licensor of a well-known, high-end restaurant brand and was granted a dismissal in a lawsuit alleging violation of the New York Franchise Sales Act.
  • Secured Multi-Million-Dollar Settlement in Arbitration
    • Represented a leading hedge fund in a dispute with a major bank regarding the distribution of trust assets pursuant to a written agreement and obtained a multi-million-dollar settlement in an arbitration proceeding before a former federal judge.