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Michael V. Colvin

240 South Pineapple Avenue
10th Floor
Sarasota, FL 34236

Michael V. Colvin is a member of a team of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP attorneys who represent large financial institutions and high net-worth individuals in securities litigation and violations of contractual covenants. His practice primarily focuses on employment related matters and litigation.

For more than 15 years, Michael served as Vice President and counsel for Morgan Stanley’s Wealth Management Division in New York. He served as co-head of the Recruitment Litigation and Advisory unit with responsibility for half of the firm’s regions and over 350 field branches. Michael educated field and regional management on best practices in a variety of employment related matters including financial advisor recruitment, onboarding, and drafting and negotiating complex recruit deal agreements. In addition, he advised on constantly evolving national strategy; drafted guidelines, contracts, policies and procedures for effective and compliant intra-firm competition; employee onboarding; marketing and risk analysis.

As a litigator and advisor, Michael has personally supervised, managed, and resolved employment and recruiting litigation from inception to final hearing in FINRA, AAA and federal and state courts. His litigation experience has focused on prosecuting and defending claims of violation of restrictive covenants, unfair competition, and misappropriation of trade secrets. Michael has handled a broad range of legal disputes in the financial services sector, including employment discrimination claims under ADA, ADEA, NJLAD, Title VII, and wage and hour regulations. He served as primary advisor to financial services clients and other corporate clients in contested matters involving employment agreements, restrictive covenants, raiding issues, trade secrets, copyright infringement, the UCC and OSHA violations.

Michael received his J.D. from New York Law School, and his B.A. in political science from Lehigh University. In 2017, Michael was the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from the New York State Court Pro Bono Association.

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  • Distinguished Service Award, New York State Court Pro Bono Association, 2017

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  • J.D., New York Law School, 1987
  • B.A., Political Science, Lehigh University, 1981

Bar and Court Admissions

  • New Jersey, 1987
  • New York, 2011
  • U.S. District Court District of New Jersey, 1987
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Third Circuit New Jersey, 1993