Biography

Michael Sochynsky is an Associate in the Firm's Litigation department.  Mr. Sochynsky's practice focuses on consumer class actions and false advertising disputes between competitors, where he has represented clients in the food and beverage, consumer packaged goods, medical device, software, and technology industries in both state and federal courts.  He also represents clients in connection with both internal and government investigations.

From 2016 to 2017, Mr. Sochynsky served as a law clerk to the Hon. Alvin K. Hellerstein of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.  Prior to his clerkship, he was an associate at a large New York law firm.   

Mr. Sochynsky is a regular contributor to the Firm's Misbranded blog.

Representative Matters

False Advertising

Representing enterprise software company in false advertising dispute with competitor.

Represented global medical device company in false advertising dispute against competitor.

Represented leading consumer packaged goods company against Lanham Act false advertising claims asserted by a competitor, resulting in favorable settlement.

Successfully represented cough syrup and immune support company in competitor’s challenge to brand name brought before the National Advertising Division.

Consumer Class Action Defense

Representing technology-based legal services company in putative class action brought under the California Consumer Privacy Act arising from ransomware attack. 

Representing leading consumer products manufacturer in consumer class action challenging labeling of a hair care products.

Successfully represented leading confections company in putative consumer class action challenging label statements on a chocolate product. 

Successfully represented leading beverage company in multiple putative consumer class actions challenging brand name of flagship product.  Obtained early dismissals, which were affirmed by both the Second and Ninth Circuits.    

Investigations

Representing prominent European bank in connection with government investigation into interest rate derivatives trading.

Represented non-profit education organization in connection with False Claims Act investigation by Department of Justice.

Represented global healthcare company in connection with internal investigation concerning potential compliance violations.

Pro Bono

Represented client on death row in Alabama state court post-conviction proceedings.

Represented abortion provider in constitutional challenge to several Oklahoma laws that restrict access to abortion.

Admissions
  • U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
  • New York
Publications