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Michael S. Fried (Mike)


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  • Columbia University (J.D. 1995; Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar; James A. Elkins Prize; Editor, Columbia Law Review); University of Michigan (B.A. 1991)

Bar Admissions

  • New York and District of Columbia


  • Law Clerk to the Honorable J. Daniel Mahoney, United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit (1995-1996)

Government Service

  • Attorney, Office of the General Counsel, Federal Trade Commission (1998-2000)

Mike Fried has extensive experience with appellate litigation and has focused, among other areas, in antitrust, constitutional law, and intellectual property. The National Law Journal has called Mike a "nimble" oral advocate, and he has argued cases at all levels of the federal judiciary, including the United States Supreme Court, United States Courts of Appeals, and federal district courts. He has been profiled as the "Appellate Lawyer of the Week" in The National Law Journal, and The Legal 500 has listed him as a recommended lawyer for Supreme Court and appellate litigation and for commercial litigation.

Mike argued Taniguchi v. Kan Pacific in the United States Supreme Court, a significant statutory interpretation case under 28 U.S.C. section 1920 addressing the allocation of costs between the parties in civil litigation in which Jones Day's client prevailed 6-3.

Mike has published articles on issues including, among others, statutory interpretation, federalism, and intellectual property. His writings have been cited by Justice Scalia (in "Reading Law: The Interpretation of Legal Texts"), praised by a federal court as "[p]articularly helpful in analyzing" issues relating to statutory interpretation, In re Kane, 336 B.R. 477, 485 n.16 (Bankr. D. Nev. 2006), and cited in judicial opinions and legal journals. See, e.g., Cox v. Laycock, 345 P.3d 689 (Utah 2015); Monge v. Acabbo, 2016 WL 7135072 (Superior Ct. Conn. 2016); and Jim Chen, "Judicial Epochs in Supreme Court History."

Honors & Distinctions

  • The Legal 500 US — recommended for Supreme Court and appellate litigation and for commercial litigation

    The National Law Journal: "Appellate Lawyer of the Week" (May 2012)

    Stephen Nye Award for outstanding achievements in Federal Trade Commission litigation matters (October 1999)
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