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Michael L. Yaeger

Michael L. Yaeger



Michael Yaeger is a litigator whose practice focuses on government investigations and cybersecurity matters, as well as related regulatory issues and civil litigation. His years prosecuting, defending, and litigating a wide range of white collar and regulatory matters, both on trial and appeal, have given him deep experience managing risks that cross the boundaries between criminal, regulatory, and civil litigation. The combination of his government and private sector experience — prosecuting securities frauds and cybercrime in the government, and leading internal investigations and data incident response in the private sector — has provided him with a rare view of the privacy and data security issues related to criminal and regulatory investigations.

In private practice, Michael’s clients have mostly been institutions and individuals in heavily regulated sectors such as financial services and health care. He has led the response to dozens of data breaches. In particular, he has deep familiarity with breach response for registered investment advisers. Michael has also advised a wide range of financial services companies and health care institutions —  including payments companies, banks, and academic medical centers — on their cybersecurity policies and related contracts. 

From 2008 to 2014, Michael was an assistant U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York, where he investigated and prosecuted cases in the Business and Securities Fraud Section of the Criminal Division involving securities fraud, investment adviser fraud, bank fraud, intellectual property crimes, tax fraud, money laundering, health care fraud, False Claims Act cases, and Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act violations, including food safety violations. He served as his office’s co-coordinator for Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property crimes. 

Michael clerked for the Honorable Samuel A. Alito Jr. of the  U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit (now a U.S. Supreme Court Justice), and the Honorable Milton Pollack of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

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  • The Legal 500 US

Speaking Engagements

  • "The California Consumer Privacy Act: Are You Ready?," Carlton Fields (August 25, 2020)
  • "The California Consumer Privacy Act: Getting Up to Speed With the Looming Enforcement Deadline," Carlton Fields (May 21, 2020)
  • "Back to School: Distance Learning, Contracts, and Other Pandemic Challenges," (April 22, 2020)
  • "Investigations and Attorney-Client Privilege," Carlton Fields (February 7, 2020)
  • "An Update Regarding Data Breach Litigation & Regulations for Financial Services Companies," Carlton Fields Client Presentation, Tampa, FL (November 2019)
  • SRZ Investing in Digital Assets and Blockchain Technology Webinar (August 2017)
  • "Cybersecurity and What Is Happening Now That Puts You and Your Firm at Risk," Deutsche Bank (July 2017)
  • SRZ Employment & Employee Benefits Luncheon for Investment Managers (May 2017)
  • SRZ Insider's Guide to Government Investigations: Winning Strategies for Investment Funds (April 2017)
  • "Regulatory Focus: AML, Cybersecurity, and FCPA," SRZ 26th Annual Private Investment Funds Seminar (January 2017)
  • "Interactive Panel Discussion From the Leading Global Cyber Experts on Methods Used to Perpetuate Cyber Crime and the Best and Most Current Methods of Defense for Your Fund Business," Deutsche Bank Alternative Fund Services Forum (October 2016)
  • "The Bangladesh Bank Hack and Insider Threat Legal Issues," SIFMA Insider Threat Roundtable (June 2016)
  • "Treatises and Complex Litigation," annual guest lecture at legal research class at Yale Law School (2008–2016)
  • "Surveillance and Privacy," Fordham Law School (2016)
  • "Data Protection and Collection: Cybersecurity, Insurance and Data Scraping," SRZ 25th Annual Private Investment Funds Seminar (January 2016)
  • "Cybersecurity and Data Protection," Financial Markets Association Legal and Legislative Issues Conference (October 2015)
  • KPMG General Counsel Peer Exchange (October 2015)
  • "Convergence of Information and Physical Security," 11th AMC Conference on Securely Connecting Communities for Improved Health, North Carolina Healthcare Information & Communications Alliance (June 2015)
  • "Cyber Readiness for Financial Institutions: Are You Prepared for Your Eventual Cyber Breach," Willis of New York Webinar (April 2015)
  • "Information Security and IT Business Architecture — Managing a Rapidly Evolving Area," Bank of America Merrill Lynch COO/CFO Hedge Fund Symposium (March 2015)
  • "Information Security: Obligations and Expectations," SRZ 24th Annual Private Investment Funds Seminar (January 2015)
  • Bank of America Merrill Lynch Hedge Fund Technology, Cybersecurity and Due Diligence Teach-In (September 2014)
  • SRZ Cybersecurity: Obligations and Expectations for Investment Fund Managers Breakfast (May 2014)


  • Yale Law School (J.D.)
  • Yale University (B.A.)
Bar Admissions
  • New York
Court Admissions
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • New York State Courts
  • Hon. Samuel A. Alito Jr., U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • Hon. Milton Pollack, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York


  • Special Counsel, Litigation, Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP, New York, NY (2014–2018)
  • Assistant U.S. Attorney, U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York (2008–2014)
  • Associate, Cahill Gordon & Reindel (2005–2008)
  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Samuel A. Alito Jr., U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit (2004–2005)
  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Milton Pollack, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York (2003–2004)


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