Michael M. Agosta

Associate
Agosta Michael

Mike Agosta assists corporate and individual clients in a variety of litigation matters. Mike’s work includes contract disputes, antitrust, False Claims Act, removal proceedings, violations of constitutional rights, and pro bono matters. Mike also has significant experience in motion practice, written discovery, trial preparation, and day-to-day case management. He frequently participates in pro bono matters, in which he represents minors in removal proceedings before the U.S. Immigration Court. He has also represented federal inmates in cases alleging violation of the inmate's Constitutional rights. Prior to joining Venable, Mike was a litigation associate with an AmLaw 100 firm.

Michael holds an undergraduate degree in journalism, and, prior to law school, Mike worked in the publishing industry, serving as editor or writer for numerous well-known publications, including Women's Wear Daily.

Related Practices

Experience

Representative Matters

  • Successfully representing a reinsurance company in a dispute over representations and warranties in a merger agreement. Participated in extensive pre-trial motion practice and interlocutory appeals in state courts, and witness and exhibit preparation prior to trial. Secured an advantageous settlement for the client during trial.
  • Representing a pharmaceutical development company that was defending a damages award won during a breach of contract action. On appeal, the Delaware Supreme Court upheld a $195 million award resulting from the defendant’s breach of a duty to negotiate in good faith.
  • Defending a major financial institution in a False Claims Act action stemming from allegations that the institution made false statements when seeking government loans. Obtained dismissal of the action in district court and an affirmance of that dismissal, following an appeal by plaintiffs.
  • Representing former shareholders of a start-up pharmaceutical development company bringing claims against a major pharmaceutical company for breach of a merger agreement.

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Credentials
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Education

  • J.D. cum laude Fordham University School of Law 2012
    • Member, Fordham Urban Law Journal
    • Judicial intern, Honorable Sherry Klein Heitler, Administrative Judge for Civil Matters in the 1st Judicial District of New York
  • B.A. Journalism and History Rutgers University 2001

Bar Admissions

  • New York
  • New Jersey

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York

Community
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Pro Bono

  • Frequently participates in pro bono matters, representing minors in removal proceedings before the U.S. Immigration Court
  • Represented federal inmates in cases alleging violation of the inmate's Constitutional rights