Michael Q. Carey has over 30 years experience in trial work and investigations acquired as counsel during military Courts Martial, with a Wall Street law firm, as a federal prosecutor and with his own firm. His practice is concentrated in state and federal courts, primarily in New York and New Jersey.
Mr. Carey graduated from the University of Notre Dame and from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. After graduation, he served eighteen months with the Fifth Special Forces Group (Airborne) in the Republic of Vietnam. He served his first nine months as a legal officer in Special Forces headquarters. Promoted to Captain, for the second nine months, he transferred to the 4th Battalion, II Corps Mobile Strike Force, a combat unit manned by Montagnard tribesmen. He served successively as second in command and as Company Commander in each of the three light infantry Companies in the Battalion and as Executive Officer of the Battalion.
After service in Vietnam, Mr. Carey joined the Wall Street law firm of Spear & Hill where he worked primarily in commercial litigation. He left Wall Street to accept appointment by the Attorney General of the United States as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York. He served in the Criminal Division for ten years, receiving promotions to Chief of the Organized Crime Strike Force and later Administrative Assistant U.S. Attorney. For his trial work as a federal prosecutor, the Attorney General of the United States presented Mr. Carey with the Director’s Award for Superior Performance.
Mr. Carey entered private practice following his service as an Assistant United States Attorney. Since then, he has tried or settled civil lawsuits involving fraud, breach of contract, and civil rights violations; negotiated contracts, commercial leases and executive severance agreements; represented clients as witnesses in civil cases and government investigations; and served as court-appointed counsel to the trustee in a complex multi-year bankruptcy fraud investigation. He has defended securities brokers and principals in regulatory and customer complaints filed with the NASD (now FINRA), and New York Stock Exchange-Reg. He has represented individuals in investigations by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, Environmental Protection Agency, Federal Trade Commission, the United States Attorneys in New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey, the Attorneys General of New York and New Jersey, and the New York City Department of Investigations.
Mr. Carey is a life Member of the Special Forces Association, and a member of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick. He is past president of the American Scandinavian Society and a former member of the board of the Danish American Chamber of Commerce.