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Martin Michaelson

Senior Counsel
Washington, D.C.
New York

Martin Michaelson
+1 202 637 5748 (Washington, D.C.)
+1 212 918 8279 (New York)
+1 202 637 5910 (Washington, D.C.)
+1 212 918 3100 (New York)
Practice Group

Nationally recognized in the higher education bar, Martin Michaelson represents national higher education organizations and more than one hundred leading U.S. and overseas universities in regulatory, litigation, and transactional matters. Martin returned to the firm in 1989 after six years as an in-house lawyer at Harvard.

A fellow of the National Association of College and University Attorneys, Martin has written and spoken extensively on governance of university boards, faculty, administrators, and students. He is a consulting editor of Trusteeship, the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges magazine, and taught the course Higher Education and the Law at Harvard. Martin's views have been published in the Chronicle of Higher Education, the Journal of College and University Law, and elsewhere. He is a member of the District of Columbia, New York, and Massachusetts bars, and the bars of the U.S. Supreme Court and numerous federal courts.

Areas of focus

Education and admissions


  • J.D., Boston College Law School, 1968
  • B.A., The University of Chicago, 1965


  • Fellow, National Association of College and University Attorneys
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Boston Bar Association
  • Member, Federal Bar Association
  • Member, Massachusetts Bar Association

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • District of Columbia
  • New York
  • Massachusetts (inactive)

Court admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 1st Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 3rd Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. Supreme Court


American Trial Lawyers Association Prize


The Best Lawyers in America, Education Law

Latest thinking and events

Published Works

The Significance of Sarbanes-Oxley for College and University Boards


Published Works

The Court’s Pronouncements are More Dramatic and Subtle Than the Headlines

The Chronicle [of Higher Education] Review
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