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Mikhail Ratner, partner

Mikhail is a seasoned business counselor and advocate. He has represented companies and executives across a wide spectrum of industries from media and banking to transportation and light manufacturing. Mikhail is equally successful in litigating complex business disputes and closing multi-million deals.

Mikhail’s recent representative matters include:

  • Defending stakeholders in a transportation company against a "bet-your-company" litigation brought by a disgruntled former president.
  • Negotiating substantial increases in severance packages for senior managers at a prominent bank.
  • Defending owners of a well-known family business in a dispute over personal guarantees issued on promissory notes.
  • Negotiating production agreements and budgets for several pilots with a major cable network on behalf of a Brooklyn-based TV production company.
  • Representing a luxury goods manufacturer in litigation and numerous appeals involving complex issues of Hague Convention service.

Prior to joining Emergent, Mikhail worked at several prominent New York firms, including Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP and Herrick Feinstein LLP.  While at Paul Weiss, Mikhail spearheaded the firm’s representation of 9/11 survivors and families before the federal Victim Compensation Fund, securing awards totaling $120 million.  Mikhail also clerked for Judge James C. Francis, IV of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Mikhail is a graduate of Columbia Law School, where he was an Ohlin Scholar, and received an M.A and a B.A. cum laude in Economics from Columbia University.  Mikhail is admitted to practice in New York, the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, and the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.

Mikhail is very active in community affairs, serving on the boards of the Jewish Education Project and Brooklyn School of Inquiry. Learn more on LinkedIn, or email him at mikhail@emergent.law.