Michael Balascio Named to CityBusiness' Leadership in Law Class of 2017

February 22, 2017

Barrasso Usdin partner Michael A. Balascio has been selected for the New Orleans CityBusiness Leadership in Law Class of 2017. CityBusiness’  Leadership in Law designation is awarded to only fifty legal professionals each year. The Leaders are nominated by their peers and then selected based on their professional and community involvement. The Leadership in Law Class of 2017 will be honored at a reception on May 22 at The New Orleans Museum of Art and in a special insert in the May 26th issue of New Orleans CityBusiness.

Michael A. Balascio represents clients in securities litigation and arbitration, high-stakes insurance coverage and bad faith cases, and complex commercial litigation. 

He has counseled investment management companies and brokers in federal court and FINRA proceedings in a variety of significant disputes involving securities fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, trade secrets, non-solicitation, and breach of contract. Michael's diverse experience with insurance coverage and bad faith cases involves claims for coverage under commercial general liability and excess policies.  He has represented clients in a wide range of complex commercial litigation matters, including cases involving defamation, products liability, bankruptcy, and education law issues.   

Michael received his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he was a senior editor of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review.  Michael served as a law clerk to the Honorable Lance M. Africk of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana.  Prior to joining the Firm, Michael was an associate at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP in New York.  He was previously a teacher through the Teach For America program. 

Michael has been recognized by Louisiana Super Lawyers as a Rising Star, and has been named to Benchmark Litigation’s Under 40 Hot List for 2016 and 2017.

About Barrasso Usdin Kupperman Freeman & Sarver, L.L.C.
Barrasso Usdin Kupperman Freeman & Sarver, L.L.C., is a litigation law firm located in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Firm has experience litigating complex civil cases throughout the country, including all types of commercial disputes, class actions, environmental cases, product liability and toxic tort cases, intellectual property cases, insurance bad faith and coverage cases, and securities arbitrations, litigation, and regulatory matters.