Trial Reputation Attracts Appellate Litigator to Shook New York

Shook welcomes nationally recognized appellate lawyer Michael Rayfield to the firm as partner. He represents clients in a variety of appellate and trial matters, primarily in data privacy, product liability and securities lawsuits. Rayfield has worked on more than two dozen trials in all aspects of appellate preservation, including arguing motions and proposed jury instructions. He has filed over 100 appellate briefs and conducted over a dozen oral arguments in the Second, Fourth, Seventh and Ninth Circuits, and New York’s Appellate Division. Law360 named Rayfield a Rising Star in “Cybersecurity & Privacy” for his victories in data privacy and criminal litigation.

“I’m thrilled that Mike has decided to join us. Broadening our appellate capacity is a key part of our growth strategy in New York and throughout the firm because we try dozens of cases every year, and trials generate appeals,” said Scott Chesin, an appellate lawyer who leads Shook’s New York office. “I’ve known and worked with Mike for most of his career, and he’s one of the brightest and most effective appellate lawyers I’ve ever worked with.  He knows the New York appellate courts better than almost anyone.  We’re lucky to have him.” 

“I’m really excited about the move,” said Rayfield. “For years, I’ve worked as co-counsel with Shook in product liability trials and appeals. I’ve been consistently blown away by the skill and collegiality that Shook litigators bring to their work. I look forward to helping grow the firm’s New York presence and appellate practice.”

Last year, Shook announced the addition of a New York office to complement its presence in Boston, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.