Michael serves as General Counsel and is a member of the three-person Executive Committee for the firm. He concentrates his practice in the area of commercial litigation, with particular emphasis in corporate and securities litigation, post-acquisition disputes, intellectual property litigation, lender liability, and business torts.
Michael represents numerous regional and national businesses in litigation matters in federal and state courts. He also has significant experience in litigation and civil investigations initiated by such entities as the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and state agencies as well as self-regulatory organizations. Michael regularly conducts trials and arbitrations in state and federal courts and in private or self-regulatory organizations.
Some of the representative matters Michael has led include:
Stanford Law School, J.D. (1986)
University of Michigan, B.A., with honors (1983)
Member, Phi Beta Kappa
Recognized as a leading securities litigation and a general commercial litigation attorney in Pennsylvania by Chambers USA. (2005-2022)
Named to “The Best Lawyers in America©” list for Commercial Litigation by Best Lawyers (2022-2023).*
Martindale-Hubbell “AV Preeminent” rated.
Named to the “Pennsylvania Super Lawyers” list by Thomson Reuters for Business Litigation law. (2005-2023)
Selected to the “Best of the Bar” list (business litigation) by Philadelphia Business Journal. (2020)
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Author, “COVID-19 and the Police Power,” March 19, 2020
Press Release, “Klehr Harrison Client Receives Favorable Decision in Merger Liability Claim,” February 27, 2020
Featured “2015 Litigation & ADR Handbook,” Financier Worldwide February 18, 2015
Presenter, “Confidentiality Agreements: Use and Enforcement,” accredited CLE, October 24, 2011
Author, “Rethinking Corporate Counsel: Nine Minds Are Better Than One”, October 13, 2011
Presenter, “Identifying and Preventing Securities Fraud,” National Business Institute Seminar, March 2008
Presenter, “Preventing a Catastrophic Loss: Broker/Dealer Loss and Counterparty Failure,” 2008 Annual Beneficial Owners’ Summit on Domestic & International Securities & Lending Repo, February 2008
Presenter, “The Impact of a Big Hedge Fund Blowup; A Cash Loss in a Reinvestment Account A Broker/Dealer Loss; A Counterparty Failure,” 2007 Annual Beneficial Owners’ Summit on Domestic & International Securities & Lending Repo, February 2007
Author, “Lessons Learned,” International Securities Finance, June 2006
Author, “Evaluating the Most Prevalent Securities Lending Risks,” Annual Beneficial Owners’ Summit on Domestic & International Securities & Lending Repo, February 2006
Michael Coran has considerable experience advising clients on securities litigation, intellectual property disputes and business torts. "Michael is very tenacious, strategic and pragmatic. He has a very calm demeanor in court which gives clients and other lawyers confidence."