Michael D. Gottesman


Gottesman, Michael

Michael Gottesman is a counsel in the Litigation/Controversy Department, and a member of the Business Trial Group and the Appellate and Supreme Court Litigation Practice Group. He joined the firm in 2011.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Gottesman served as a law clerk to the Hon. Gerard E. Lynch of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and to the Hon. Denise Cote of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. He was a summer associate at WilmerHale in 2007.

Publications & News


August 2, 2017

Ninth Circuit Applies the Holocaust Expropriated Art Recovery Act of 2016 to Revive Previously Dismissed Nazi-Era Art Appropriation Case

On July 10, 2017, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit became the first circuit court to apply the six-year statute of limitations from the Holocaust Expropriated Art Recovery Act of 2016 (HEAR Act). In Cassirer v. Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection Found., 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 12265 (9th Cir. Cal. July 10, 2017), the Ninth Circuit revived a Nazi-era art appropriation case that the district court had dismissed in 2015, after finding the plaintiffs' claims to a Camille Pissaro painting to be timely under the HEAR Act, and finding triable issues of fact—principally under Spanish law—regarding transactions involving the painting.

July 13, 2017

Hobby Lobby Forfeits Thousands of Ancient Iraqi Artifacts, Pays $3M, and Admits Fault to Settle Civil Forfeiture Action

The US government's settlement with Hobby Lobby on July 5, 2017 is part of its broader effort to combat trafficking in looted antiquities from the war-torn Middle East and to reduce market demand for such objects by punishing participants in the black market. This WilmerHale Client Alert was republished on NYU Law's Compliance & Enforcement blog.

January 28, 2016

Art World on Display to Law Enforcement

Art has become more than a reflection of its creator's vision and owner's style; it has emerged as an investment and important asset class. Billions of dollars exchange hands in art transactions every year. Unlike other markets, however, there is little government regulation or oversight.

February 6, 2015

Firm Announces New Pickering Fellow

Counsel Michael Gottesman has been named WilmerHale's next Pickering fellow. He is a member of the firm's Business Trial Group and Appellate and Supreme Court Litigation Practice.

July 11, 2014

WilmerHale Achieves Pro Bono Victory for Domestic Violence Victim and Autistic Child

On July 8, 2014, WilmerHale achieved a significant victory for a pro bono client and domestic violence victim in a case described by the Second Circuit as involving “novel and significant issues” of “first impression” under the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction.

June 20, 2013

WilmerHale Secures Historic Supreme Court Win in USAID v. AOSI

WilmerHale secured a victory for clients Alliance for Open Society International, Inc., Pathfinder International, InterAction, and Global Health Council (collectively, "respondents") in a significant First Amendment case decided today by the Supreme Court of the United States.


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JD, Yale Law School, 2008

MPhil, International Relations, University of Cambridge, 2003, Fox Fellow

BA, History, magna cum laude, Yale College, 2002

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The Hon. Gerard E. Lynch, US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, 2010 - 2011

The Hon. Denise Cote, US District Court for the Southern District of New York, 2009 - 2010

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