Michael C. Dell'Angelo
Michael Dell’Angelo litigates complex cases, primarily for plaintiffs, throughout the country.
The National Law Journal recently featured Mr. Dell’Angelo in its profile of Berger Montague for a special annual report entitled “Plaintiffs’ Hot List.” The National Law Journal’s Hot List identifies the top plaintiff practices in the country. The Hot List profile focused on Mr. Dell’Angelo’s role in the MF Global litigation (In re MF Global Holding Ltd. Inv. Litig., No. 12-MD-2338-VM (S.D.N.Y.)). In MF Global, Mr. Dell’Angelo represented former commodity account holders seeking to recover approximately $1.6 billion of secured customer funds after the highly publicized collapse of MF Global, a major commodities brokerage. At the outset of this high-risk litigation, the odds appeared grim: MF Global had declared bankruptcy, leaving the corporate officers, a bank, and a commodity exchange as the only prospect for the recovery of class’s misappropriated funds. Nonetheless, four years later, a result few would have believed possible was achieved. Through a series of settlements, the former commodity account holders recovered more than 100 percent of their missing funds, totaling over $1.6 billion.
Mr. Dell’Angelo serves as co-lead counsel or class counsel in numerous cases alleging price-fixing or other wrongdoing affecting a variety of financial instruments including In re Commodity Exchange, Inc., Gold Futures And Options Trading Litig., 1:14-MD-2548-VEC (S.D.N.Y); In re Platinum and Palladium Antitrust Litig., No. 14-cv-09391-GHW (S.D.N.Y.); Baker et al v. Bank of America Corp., et al., 1:16-cv-07512-LGS (S.D.N.Y.); In re Libor-Based Financial Instruments Antitrust Litig., No. 11-md-2262 (S.D.N.Y.); In re North Sea Brent Crude Oil Futures Litig., No. 13-md-2475 (S.D.N.Y.); In re Crude Oil Commodity Futures Litig., No. 11-cv-3600 (S.D.N.Y.); and In re London Silver Fixing, Ltd. Antitrust Litig., No. 14-md-2573 (S.D.N.Y.).
Mr. Dell’Angelo also represents relators in SEC “whistleblower” actions and serves as co-lead counsel in a variety of non-financial instrument cases including: Le et al. v. Zuffa, LLC, No. 15-1045 (D. Nev.) (alleging the Ultimate Fighting Championship (“UFC”) obtained illegal monopoly power of the market for Mixed Martial Arts promotions and monopsony power of MMA fighters); and In re Domestic Drywall Antitrust Litig., No. 13-2437 (E.D. Pa.) (alleging an anticompetitive conspiracy to monopolize the price of drywall).
Mr. Dell’Angelo has been recognized consistently as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer, a distinction conferred upon him annually since 2007. He is regularly invited to speak at Continuing Legal Education (CLE) and other seminars and conferences, both locally and abroad. As such, in response to his recent CLE, “How to Deal with the Rambo Litigator”, Mr. Dell’Angelo was singled out as “One of the best CLE speakers [attendees] have had the pleasure to see.” He formerly served as the Third Circuit Editor of the American Bar Association’s quarterly publication, Class Action, and Derivative Suits.
Prior to joining Berger Montague, Mr. Dell’Angelo concentrated his practice in antitrust, securities and complex commercial litigation at Miller Faucher and Cafferty LLP. While at Miller Faucher, Mr. Dell’Angelo also practiced before the Federal Trade Commission. Early in his career, Mr. Dell’Angelo devoted a substantial portion of his practice to the prosecution of numerous class action lawsuits on behalf of survivors of slave labor during the Holocaust. These suits, against German companies, resulted in a $5.2 billion German Foundation to pay Nazi-era claims.
Mr. Dell’Angelo’s pro bono work includes the representation of an Alabama death row inmate. That representation resulted in a reversal of the client’s sentencing by the Eleventh Circuit and a grant of a writ of habeas corpus vacating the client’s death sentence.
Mr. Dell’Angelo graduated from Connecticut College (B.A. 1994) and The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law (J.D. 1997).
While in law school, Mr. Dell’Angelo served as a law clerk for the Honorable Richard A. Levie (Ret.), Superior Court, D.C., Presiding Judge, Civil Division.
- December 10, 2015 – Pepper Hamilton Annual Antitrust Developments Update CLE Event, Pepper Hamilton LLP, Philadelphia, PA
- November 7, 2014 – Negotiating Antitrust Disputes for Small-to-Medium Sized Businesses, National Business Institute, Philadelphia, PA
- February 1, 2013 – Dirty Litigation Tactics: How to Deal with the Rambo Litigator, National Business Institute, Philadelphia, PA
- October 21, 2011 – Dirty Litigation Tactics: How to Deal with the Rambo Litigator, National Business Institute, Philadelphia, PA
- July 7, 2011 – Jumping Witness Examination Hurdles, National Business Institute, National Teleconference
- October 28, 2010 – Dirty Litigation Tactics: How to Deal with the Rambo Litigator, National Business Institute, Philadelphia, PA
- March 19, 2009 – The Art of Settlement, National Business Institute, Philadelphia, PA
- March 19, 2008 – Identifying and Preventing Securities Fraud, National Business Institute, Philadelphia, PA
- March 28, 2007 – The Art of Settlement, National Business Institute, Philadelphia, PA
- November 28, 2006 – Class Action Update: Today’s Trends & Strategies for Success, National Business Institute, Philadelphia, PA
- June 22, 2005 – A Critical Update on the Class Action Fairness Act in Pennsylvania, National Business Institute, Philadelphia, PA
- March 10, 2005 – Litigating the Class Action in Pennsylvania, National Business Institute, Philadelphia, PA
- June 24, 2004 – Fundamentals of Antitrust Law: Horizontal and Vertical Restraints, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Philadelphia, PA
- October 10, 2003 – Current Issues in Retaining and Using Experts, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Philadelphia, PA
- October 9, 2003 – Litigating the Class Action in Pennsylvania, National Business Institute, Philadelphia, PA
Business and Community Leadership
- Director, St. Martins’ Train Station Committee
- From Timothy C. Batten of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, when granting final approval of the class action settlement in In re NetBank, Inc. Securities Litigation, C.A. No. 07-CV-2298-TCB (N.D. Ga.): “It’s hard to imagine a class action being litigated more appropriately, forcefully, hard fought.” “[T]he right word for the conduct and performance of the lawyers … in this case would be exemplary.”
- From Philip M. Pro of the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada when awarding counsel’s fee in Brown v. Kinross, C.A. No. 02-605 (D.NV.): “I commend all of you for the work that you’ve put into it….all of you have done an excellent job and it has been a pleasure to have you in front of me.”
In the News
- Long-Running Drywall Price-Fixing Lawsuit Settles for More Than $190 Million
- $125 Million Settlement Reached in Drywall Price-Fixing Lawsuit
- INVESTOR ALERT: Berger Montague Announces Investigation of Woodbridge Group of Companies, LLC, Woodbridge Structured Funding, LLC, RS Protection Trust, WMF Management, LLC and Robert H. Shapiro
- SHAREHOLDER ALERT: Berger Montague Announces Investigation of Behavioral Recognition Systems Inc., Now Known as Giant Gray, Inc., and Ex-CEO Ray C. Davis
- SHAREHOLDER ALERT: Berger Montague Announces Investigation of Genocea Biosciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: GNCA)
- SHAREHOLDER ALERT: Berger Montague Announces Investigation of Diana Containerships, Inc. (DCIX)
- Class Action Suit Filed On Behalf Of Indirect Purchasers Of Foreign Currencies And Other Investments That Required The Exchange Of Foreign Currency
- Foreign Currency (FX) Antitrust Indirect Purchaser Class Action Filed
- Consolidated Class Action Lawsuits On Behalf Of Gold And Silver Investors To Proceed
- Berger Montague Appointed Interim Co-Lead Counsel in UFC Antitrust Class Action