MICHAEL ROBERTS is an associate in the firm’s New York office and a member of Sidley’s highly ranked Privacy and Cybersecurity practice, which received the Who’s Who Legal “Firm of the Year” award for Data Security in 2020. Michael focuses on privacy, cybersecurity, data protection and emerging technology matters regarding regulatory investigations, data breach response, crisis management strategies, privacy and information security program development and management, as well as compliance counseling regarding evolving laws and regulations, such as the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), the California Privacy Rights Act (CPRA), and the New York State Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) Cybersecurity Regulation.
Michael regularly counsels clients in a wide range of transactional matters, including privacy and cybersecurity diligence and integration planning for mergers and acquisitions. In 2020 and 2021, Michael was recognized as a “Rising Star” in Technology Transactions by Super Lawyers.
Michael’s practice also includes matters within the White Collar: Government Litigation and Investigations group, as well as the Securities Enforcement and Regulatory group, which received the Chambers USA “Firm of the Year” award for Financial Services and Securities Regulation in 2019 and 2016, as well as the U.S. News “Law Firm of the Year” awards for Regulatory Enforcement in 2021 and for Securities Regulation in 2020. In particular, Michael assists individual and institutional clients with matters before the NYDFS, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), the Federal Reserve Bank of New York (FRBNY), as well as other federal and state regulators.
Michael earned his J.D. from New York University School of Law and his MBA from New York University Leonard N. Stern School of Business. While completing his dual degree program, Michael completed an internship at the White House, specifically in the Office of the Counsel to then-Vice President Joseph R. Biden, Jr., where he helped provide guidance on legal and policy initiatives.
Michael also served as a Law Honors Program Intern at the SEC; a judicial extern for the Honorable Ronnie Abrams in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York; and two-terms as symposium editor of the New York University Annual Survey of American Law. At NYU, Michael served as a graduate teaching assistant and research assistant in various fields, including corporate strategy, constitutional law, securities regulation and professional responsibility. Michael’s research also focused on legal and policy issues related to public health orders and government quarantine powers used to prevent the spread of communicable diseases.
Michael graduated from the University of Pennsylvania where he earned his B.A., magna cum laude, with Distinction in History, and was awarded the Thomas C. Cochran Prize for the best Honors thesis in American history.
Michael is a member of the firm’s New York Associate Relations Committee, as well as the New York Associate Committee on Diversity and Inclusion for which he serves as the co-chair of the Associate Development Subcommittee. Additionally, he is an active member of the New York City Bar Association, where he serves on the Technology, Cybersecurity, and Privacy Law Committee and previously served as the secretary of the Litigation Committee.
Michael serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the New York University School of Law Alumni Association, the Alumni Association Executive Committee for Riverdale Country School, and the Council of LongHouse Reserve. Michael also serves on the Event Committee for the Her Justice Junior Advisory Board’s annual Red Party.