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Packard, Michael

Michael T. Packard

Direct Tel: +1 617-712-7118, Direct Fax: +1 617-712-7200
Tel: 617-712-7100 Fax: 617-712-7200

Michael Packard joined Quinn Emanuel in 2018, following four years as an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Maryland, and before that several years at another international law firm.  His current practice marries his experiences as a federal prosecutor and a civil litigator, encompassing white collar defense, government investigations, and commercial litigation.

As a federal prosecutor, Michael built successful cases concerning a wide array of crimes, from FCPA violations, wire fraud, and other financial offenses to serious violent crimes and narcotics conspiracies.  Michael secured guilty verdicts in every case he tried, and he successfully briefed and argued a host of contested issues before the District Court of Maryland, as well as on appeal before the Fourth Circuit.

Michael's experience also includes handling complex civil disputes in both state and federal courts, including class action defense, multi-district litigation, and a series of cases concerning residential mortgage-backed securities. Further, he has counseled companies in an array of government enforcement matters, such as conducting internal investigations for healthcare providers facing inquiries into pricing and promotional activities, and a private equity firm analyzing potential FCPA exposure.

Michael is also committed to pro bono work, and he has successfully represented several immigrants seeking asylum and change of status, as well as individuals seeking guardianship over minor wards.  Michael was also part of a team that prevailed in a federal trial on behalf of a state prisoner whose constitutional rights had been violated.

A high school teacher prior to becoming an attorney, Michael remains involved in education, having mentored students with Citizen Schools' 8th Grade Academy and volunteered for Discovering Justice's mock trial program.  Michael also makes use of lessons he learned as a college athlete by helping coach his children's youth lacrosse and hockey teams.

  • University of Pennsylvania Law School
  • (J.D., magna cum laude, 2009)
    • Order of the Coif
  • Wharton School of Business
  • (Certificate in Business & Public Policy, 2009)
  • Harvard University
  • (A.B., cum laude, History: International Relations, 2002)
    • Dean’s List
The State Bar of Massachusetts
  • United States Attorney’s Office, District of Maryland-Southern Division:
    • Assistant United States Attorney, 2014-2018
  • Law Clerk for the Honorable Mark Wolf:
    • District of Massachusetts, 2009-2010
  • Michael T. Packard and Harvey J. Wolkoff, “Ch 12: Business Litigation,” MCLE Massachusetts Superior Court Civil Jury Instructions, 3rd Edition, 2nd Supplement (2018)