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Michael R. Komo

Associate
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Mr. Komo is a third-year associate who focuses his practice on government enforcement, internal investigations, white collar criminal defense, compliance with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”), and commercial litigation in both state and federal court.

As part of his government enforcement practice, Mr. Komo advises and defends companies and individuals who are being investigated or prosecuted by the government, and when possible, works to identify and correct regulatory and compliance issues before the government is involved. He works on internal investigations on behalf of clients to evaluate exposure under federal statutes such as the False Claims Act, assists with conducting interviews, and drafts reports. Mr. Komo also works with clients who are responding to government subpoenas.

As part of his FCPA practice, Mr. Komo advises companies on compliance with the FCPA. He helps them develop anti-corruption corporate policies and procedures to deter and detect potential FCPA problems. Mr. Komo also conducts due diligence investigations of current and prospective business partners, distributors, agents, and acquisition targets with evaluations of the anti-corruption risks associated with potential mergers, acquisitions, and joint ventures.

As part of his broader litigation practice, he assists clients as national coordinating counsel by drafting a variety of substantive motions, arguing motions for summary judgment, and responding to discovery requests. Mr. Komo has worked on several mass tort cases at a variety of stages of litigation for multinational corporations.

Mr. Komo has demonstrated a commitment to the firm’s diversity and inclusion initiative. Internally, he serves as a member of the Diversity Committee and Founder and Chair of the Pittsburgh office LGBT Employee Resource Group. Externally, Mr. Komo serves as a recruiter at the National LGBT Bar Association’s Annual Lavender Law Conference and is a Founding Member of the Pittsburgh Legal Diversity and Inclusion Coalition.

Mr. Komo is a dedicated member of the firm’s pro bono group. He has represented several revenge porn victims through the firm’s Cyber Civil Rights Legal Project and helped two victims obtain an injunction against their perpetrators in federal court. Mr. Komo has also represented minors seeking expungements from their record, survivors of domestic violence seeking Protection from Abuse (“PFA”) orders, and transgender individuals seeking name changes through the Name Change Project with TLDEF.

Mr. Komo has also represented the firm on many occasions in a variety of contexts. He has represented the firm at several public policy events as well as political fundraising events for candidates seeking local, state, and federal elected office.

Professional Background

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Komo was a law clerk for the Honorable Fernando M. Olguin of the United States District Court for the Central District of California. In addition, he was a summer associate in the firm’s Pittsburgh office. During law school, Mr. Komo served as a legal intern for Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, legal fellow for the Human Rights Campaign, legal fellow for the Network for Victim Recovery of DC, and member of The George Washington University Law School Domestic Violence Clinic. Prior to attending law school, Mr. Komo was a legislative intern for Senator Robert P. Casey, Jr., and a development intern for the Victory Fund Political Action Committee.

Achievements

  • In 2013, Mr. Komo was one of four individuals in Washington, D.C., to be named by Metro Weekly as a next generation leader and receive the magazine’s Next Generation Award presented by Mayor Vincent C. Gray.
  • During his tenure at The George Washington University, Mr. Komo received several awards including the Graduate Award for Individual Excellence and the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Award.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Allegheny County Bar Association (LGBT Rights Committee Member) (2017 - Present)
  • Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (Co-Pittsburgh City Lead) (2016 - Present)
  • National LGBT Bar Association (Member/Recruiter) (2013 - Present)
  • Pittsburgh Legal Diversity and Inclusion Coalition (Founding Member) (2016 - Present)
  • Riverhounds Annual Night Out (Founder) (2016 - Present)
  • The George Washington University Lambda Law Alumni Association (Co-Founder/Communications Chair) (2014 - Present)
  • The George Washington University Out and Allied Alumni Network (Co-Founder/Ambassador) (2012 - Present)

Speaking Engagements

  • Mr. Komo was a co-presenter of “The Risks of Sexting and Cyber Bullying” at The Neighborhood Academy (April 18, 2016).

Additional Information

  • Mr. Komo has addressed both political and civil rights issues in a variety of capacities, and his media appearances include: CNN, NBC, C-SPAN, Fox News, MSNBC, The Washington Post, National Public Radio, Metro Weekly, and Advocate.com.