Michael Brey

Michael Brey




Michael is a trial associate in Dorsey’s Minneapolis office. As a member of the Government Enforcement and Corporate Investigations group, Michael’s practice focuses on assisting clients with internal investigations as well as state and federal investigations. Through this practice, Michael has helped clients successfully navigate investigations conducted by the U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Attorneys’ offices, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, among other agencies.

In addition, Michael maintains a robust white-collar practice, and he has extensive experience litigating cases involving financial fraud and Ponzi schemes. Michael is experienced representing parties of every stripe in these fraud cases, having represented victims, the accused, and alleged co-conspirators.

Michael also performs significant state and federal appellate work. Michael first developed a passion for appellate litigation when he clerked for Judge Michael J. Melloy of the U.S. Court of the Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, and this experience has proved invaluable at Dorsey where Michael has worked on client appeals before the Third Circuit, Sixth Circuit, Eighth Circuit, Ninth Circuit, and Minnesota Supreme Court.

To round out his practice, Michael regularly provides pro bono services to indigent criminal defendants in federal court.

Education & Admissions

University of Iowa College of Law (J.D., with High Distinction, 2016), Order of the Coif; Boyd Service Award (High Honors); Managing Editor, Iowa Law Review

University of Utah (B.S., 2013)

University of Utah (B.A., 2013)


  • Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
  • U.S. Tax Court


  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, Honorable Michael J. Melloy, 2016-2017


Representative Experience

  • Representing victim of Ponzi scheme in U.S. Tax Court case concerning theft-loss deductions.
  • Representing company, a victim of a coordinated extortion and defamation scheme, in state and federal actions against perpetrators of that scheme.
  • Defended financial institution against allegations that it aided and abetted a Ponzi scheme conducted by one of its customers.
  • Defended company accused of counterfeiting goods in violation of the Lanham Act.

Industries & Practices

Government Contracts Counseling & Litigation
Government Enforcement & Corporate Investigations
Securities & Financial Services Litigation & Enforcement
  • Anti-Corruption Group
  • Appellate
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Government Contracts Counseling & Litigation
  • Government Enforcement & Corporate Investigations
  • Healthcare Litigation
  • Indian & Alaska Native
  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Securities & Financial Services Litigation & Enforcement
  • Tax Controversy & Litigation

Professional & Civic

Professional Achievements

  • Editor for Dorsey’s FCA Now blog, https://dorseyfca.com/, which tracks developments and enforcement trends surrounding the False Claims Act.


Contributed 100+ Pro Bono Hours in 2020

  • Contributed more than 100 Challenge pro bono hours, 2020

North Star Lawyer

  • MSBA North Star Lawyer, 2018-2020
Michael Brey