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Dinsmore names new chair of firm’s appellate group

Michael Abate
Michael Abate

Louisville, Ky. – Dinsmore & Shohl LLP has announced that Michael P. Abate as chair of the firm’s appellate group. Abate follows Mark A. Vander Laan in leading this group.

Dinsmore’s appellate attorneys collectively have argued cases before the United States Supreme Court, each of the 13 U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeals, and numerous state supreme and appellate courts.

A partner in the Litigation Department and Healthcare Group, Abate has extensive experience litigating at all levels of the federal court system. Prior to joining Dinsmore, he worked in the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, where he maintained a nation-wide appellate and trial practice handling the United States’ most sensitive litigation matters.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to lead Dinsmore’s Appellate Practice,” Abate said. “I look forward to bringing the unique insight and experience I gained as a DOJ Appellate Attorney to bear on the issues faced by Dinsmore’s clients, in whatever jurisdiction they arise.”

Abate has briefed cases and presented oral arguments before the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the D.C. Federal, First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Eighth, and Ninth Circuits, as well as in multiple federal district courts. He also has briefed matters before the U.S. Supreme Court at both the certiorari and merits stages. Abate previously served as a law clerk to the Honorable Diana Gribbon Motz on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in Baltimore, MD.

“Mike has the perspective from working in the Department of Justice that he applies to each case. He understands the complexities and nuances of each Circuit. We have a number of attorneys who are a part of an appellate group and they all have significant experience in both federal and state appellate courts. These insights help our group prepare the strongest case for our clients,” said Brian S. Sullivan, Litigation Department Chair.

Since joining Dinsmore in 2013, Abate’s practice has concentrated primarily on appellate and healthcare litigation, with a particular focus on representing managed care organizations in connection with issues related to Medicare, Medicaid, and ERISA health plans. Michael also has represented a number of media organizations in disputes related to open records and open meetings.

Prior to law school, Michael worked for Merrill Lynch Investment Banking in both Chicago and London. He earned his J.D. from Stanford Law School.