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Partner - Michael  Chase

Michael Chase


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Michael Chase is a partner in the firm’s Government Investigations and White Collar Criminal Defense group. He represents organizations and individuals in government investigations, internal investigations and both criminal and civil litigation.

Michael assists clients in complex litigation and investigations across a variety of industries, including financial services, higher education, health care, environmental and insurance. He also regularly represents clients in significant trial matters, negotiations and matters before administrative agencies.

Most recently, Michael has focused his practice on assisting health care providers, construction contractors and other government contractors operating in complex regulatory environments in matters being investigated under the federal and state false claims acts.

Michael authored How to Become a Federal Criminal: An Illustrated Handbook for the Aspiring Offender, a new book inspired by his @CrimeADay Twitter feed created in July 2014.  Since publication, he is frequently called upon to comment on the criminal defense attorney’s position on a number of national news stories.


  • Listed as a Connecticut Super Lawyer Rising Star®: Criminal Defense: White Collar (2014-2019)
  • David H. Neiditz Professional Writing Award (2011)
  • CALI Excellence Awards in Trial Advocacy (Spring 2010), Evidence (Fall 2010), Labor Law (Spring 2010), Employment Law (Spring 2011), Moot Court (Spring 2009), and the Criminal Trial Clinic (Spring 2011)
  • Fleming James Jr. award for Excellence in the study of Labor Law (Spring 2011)
  • Aspen Law and Business Award for Excellence in the Study of Evidence (Spring 2011)

Teaching Positions

  • University of Connecticut School of Law, Trial Practice Class: Adjunct Professor


June 4, 2019  In Washington Post Article, Mike Chase Shares Not-So-Funny Reason Behind Humorous Laws
June 29, 2017  Department of State Will Begin Implementing 90-Day Travel and Refugee Ban Beginning June 29, 2017
June 27, 2017  Supreme Court Decides to Hear Travel and Refugee Ban Case and Clarifies Enforcement of Executive Orders Pending Hearing
May 2, 2017  USCIS Announces Targeted Use of Site Visits to Certain H-1B Employers to Detect H-1B Visa Fraud and Abuse
April 27, 2017  Department of Homeland Security ("DHS") Announces New Office for Victims of Illegal Immigrant Crime
April 26, 2017  Employers Should Review USCIS Fillable Forms I-9 Completed Based on Download From USCIS Website Between November 14 and November 17, 2016 for Social Security Number Glitch
April 26, 2017  United States District Court Judge Blocks Trump Administration from Withholding Federal Funds from Sanctuary Cities
April 19, 2017  Starting May 1, 2017 USCIS Will Issue Redesigned Green Cards and Employment Authorization Documents
March 8, 2017  President Trump Issues March 6th Executive Order Revising Travel Ban
February 27, 2017  Department of Homeland Security Issues Two Memos Regarding Implementation of Two Recent Executive Orders on Immigration Enforcement
February 10, 2017  Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Upholds the Temporary Restraining Order on Enforcement of President Trump's January 27th Executive Order
February 7, 2017  Oral Argument Scheduled for Today on Enforcement of President Trump's January 27th Executive Order
February 2, 2017  Executive Orders Regarding Immigration

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Practice Areas


  • University of Connecticut School of Law, J.D., 2011, with high honors
  • University of Central Florida, B.F.A., 2007

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, District of CT
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
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