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Michael O. Kassak Partner

 
Cherry Hill, NJ | Direct 856.317.3653Fax 856.317.3603
Philadelphia, PA | Direct 215.864.7000
kassakm@whiteandwilliams.com
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Mike Kassak has more than 25 years of experience acting as lead counsel in litigating large complex commercial matters. Mike is also Co-Chair of the Intellectual Property Practice Group and a member of the firm's Executive Committee. He is well regarded for his experience in litigating claims in the areas of intellectual property, class action, federal and state RICO, complex insurance disputes, and professional malpractice. 

Mike has extensive jury trial and appellate experience.  He has successfully litigated numerous cases within Pennsylvania and New Jersey and has a national litigation practice having handled cases in Arizona, Kentucky, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Maine, West Virginia, California, New York  and Arizona.

Mike often teaches continuing educational courses for both peers and professionals.  

During law school, Mike served as the Notes and Comments Editor for the Rutgers Law Journal.

Representative Matters

  • Represented an Arizona independent equity research firm in the defense of a New Jersey Civil RICO claim, federal securities fraud class action lawsuit.  After succeeding in having this case dismissed, Mike instituted a malicious prosecution claim on their behalf in the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona and obtained a significant monetary settlement in their favor.  Read more
  • Served as litigation counsel for the liquidation trustee of an insolvent employee benefit plan located in New Jersey, enabling the trustee to recover more than $11 million for the benefit of the creditors of the insolvent plan
  • Argued in the New Jersey Supreme Court on behalf of a local New Jersey municipality in a first amendment challenge to the municipality’s policy of prohibiting the videotaping of council meetings
  • Successfully represented a manufacturer of heating products obtaining the dismissal of claims alleging trade dress infringement in the U.S. District Court for the District of Kentucky
  • Successfully represented the owner of numerous physical therapy centers by obtaining a judgment that its competitor had violated the Anti-Cyber Squatting Act resulting in a judgment of bad faith and the award of attorneys’ fees
  • Successfully defended a financial advisor in New Jersey State and Federal Court against claims of civil RICO and fraud
  • Handled numerous claims involving domain name disputes and arbitrations under the ICANN
  • Successfully defended large home shopping network against claims of patent infringement
  • Defended a printing press distributor against claims of patent infringement and unfair competition under the Lanham Act
  • Represented a large advertising agency against claims of copyright infringement based on its use of a jingle which allegedly violated the copyright of a popular song
  • Obtained the dismissal of claims for defamation and false light based upon the application of the Entitlement Clause of the United States Constitution.
  • Pursued SEC claims on behalf of whistleblowers under the whistleblower provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act
  • Pursued claims for Constitutional violations against the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection on behalf of a large mining company

Recognition & Involvement

Mike has been AV® rated by the Martindale-Hubbell peer review rating system and was named one of the top attorneys in New Jersey by New Jersey Monthly in 2015.

From 2014-2018, Mike was selected to the New Jersey Super Lawyers list. The Super Lawyers list is issued by Thomson Reuters. A description of the selection methodology can be found at www.superlawyers.com/about/selection_process_detail.html. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.

Events

Bar and Court Admissions

New Jersey

Pennsylvania

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania

Education

Rutgers University School of Law-Camden, JD, cum laude, 1984

Rutgers University, BA, 1981 

Memberships

Camden County Bar Association

New Jersey Bar Association

Pennsylvania Bar Association

Philadelphia Bar Association

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