Kaplan Rice LLP


Michelle A. Rice

A founding partner at Kaplan Rice LLP, Michelle A. Rice has more than three decades of experience trying cases and representing clients in a broad array of complex civil and criminal matters and business disputes. Ms. Rice has handled cases in federal and state courts throughout the United States involving securities, contracts, insurance, real estate, accounting, taxation, defamation, fraud and other business tort issues. Ms. Rice also has argued before numerous state and federal appellate courts and administrative tribunals, including the Court of Appeals in New York and plenary and en banc proceedings in the Ninth Circuit.

Known for her indefatigable advocacy and insight, Ms. Rice has prevailed a number of cases and has been able to hasten the resolution of intractable disputes, largely as a result of her skills as a cross-examiner. As an arbitrator wrote in a decision awarding Ms. Rice's client nearly $50 million in damages: "[The expert witness] had a bad afternoon on cross-examination." The arbitrator further commented: "In many years of arbitration I have never seen a complex case more expertly presented."

Ms. Rice has considerable experience in alternative dispute resolution, having represented parties in ad hoc and institutional arbitration proceedings conducted under the auspices of the American Arbitration Association, FINRA and the International Chamber of Commerce, and having successfully mediated a number of business disputes before JAMS on behalf of her clients.

In 1992, Ms. Rice served as Associate Counsel to the Temporary Special Independent Counsel Peter E. Fleming Jr. in the United States Senate investigation of the unauthorized disclosure of the confidential affidavit of Anita Hill in connection with the nomination of Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court.

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Select regulatory and criminal representations include:

Ms. Rice was born in Chicago, Illinois.

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Georgetown University Law Center, J.D.
Articles and Notes Editor, American Criminal Law Review

Boston University, B.A., magna cum laude

"Securities Enforcement: The Ninth Circuit Confines the SEC's Enforcement Powers Under Section 1103 of Sarbanes-Oxley," Insights: The Corporate and Securities Law Advisor, Vol. 18, Number 6, June 2004.

"Jurisdiction Over 'Books and Records' Claims Under Delaware's Limited Liability Act," Andrews Delaware Corporate Litigation Reporter, Vol. 17, Issue 2, 2003.

"Report of Temporary Special Independent Counsel Pursuant to Senate Resolution 202" (Co-Author), S. Doc. No. 102-20. Associate Counsel, Office of Temporary Special Independent Counsel, May 1992.

"Whittling Away the Right to Counsel" (Co-Author), ABA Criminal Justice Magazine, Vol. 3, No. 4, Winter 1989.

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State of California

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York

U.S. District Court for the Central District of California

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit

Association of the Bar of the City of New York

Women's Leadership Council of the Lincoln Center

Super Lawyers (Business Litigation) 2007-2019

America’s Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorneys 2019

Cambridge Who’s Who 2007-2011

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