Litigator Michael Reif provides insight, analysis, and advocacy for complex business and financial industry disputes. Mr. Reif has served clients in a wide variety of fields including banking and securities fraud, consumer retailing and franchising, telecommunications, Native American issues, and class action defense. In addition, he counsels clients on TCPA, Can-Spam, and CASL compliance and advises on cybersecurity, mobile marketing, and data security best practices. His experience also includes a two-year Federal court judicial clerkship and multiple individual pro bono client representations.
Mr. Reif has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in high-stakes financial services litigation involving fraud, mortgage-backed securities, and securitization trustee obligations. He provides analysis of all things financial in The Brief, a roundup of each weekday’s top business news published daily on Robins Kaplan LLP’s Financial Industry Blog.
Prompted by his experiences as a member of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps on the Northern Cheyenne and Crow reservations in southeastern Montana and as a research assistant on Indian Country publications to then-Professor and current Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Kevin K. Washburn, Mr. Reif also focuses his practice on legal issues affecting Native American communities and is a member of the firm’s American Indian Law and Policy Group.
Born and raised in the Twin Cities, Mr. Reif is deeply committed to his community. Particularly interested in education, he serves as an instructor in the University of Minnesota Law School's Law in Practice course, a volunteer at Cristo Rey Jesuit High School, and is currently a member of the firm's Hiring Committee. In 2011, he received the Francis Xavier Award for his tutoring work at Cristo Rey.
Mr. Reif has served as an assistant adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota Law School since 2009 and was a Law Clerk to the Honorable David S. Doty, U.S. District Court, Minnesota from 2006-2008.