Michael Granne
Michael Granne focuses his practice on cross-border and general commercial litigation, international arbitration and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) advice and investigations. He has represented foreign sovereigns and multinationals in a variety of disputes in U.S. courts, ranging from securities claims to breach of contract to enforcement of judicial and arbitral judgments, often involving Portuguese or Italian. He has represented companies, both large and small, in diverse commercial litigation and arbitration contexts, including pre-suit investigation, discovery, motion practice, trial, post-trial motions and appeal.
Prior to founding Provenzano, Granne & Bader, Michael was counsel at Zuber, Lawler & Del Duca and practiced in the litigation departments of Wilmer Hale, and Cleary Gottlieb. Michael also spent five years as an academic, teaching such classes as Civil Procedure, International Litigation and Arbitration, Administrative Law and others.
He clerked for the Honorable Walter K. Stapleton on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and is fluent in Portuguese, Italian and Cape Verdean Crioulo and proficient in Spanish.

  • Defining “Organ of a Foreign State” under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act of 1976, 42 U.C. Davis L. Rev. 1 (2008)
  • Two-Dimensional Federalism and Foreign Affairs Preemption, 44 Val. U. L. Rev. 863 (2010)
  • Does the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act Allow Suits Against Individual Government Officials?, 37 Preview U.S. Sup. Ct. Cas. 243 (2010)
  • Does Sovereign Immunity Shield Iraq from Paying for Human Rights and Other Abuses of the Hussein Regime?, 36 Preview U.S. Sup. Ct. Cas. 400 (2009)
Michael Granne
Email: Michael.granne@pgbfirm.com
Direct Phone: +1 (646) 752-2231
Languages: Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, 
Cape Verdean Crioulo


Columbia Law School

J.D., 2002
Honors: Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar; Michael Sovern Scholar, Articles Editor, Columbia Journal of Transnational Law

Duke University

B.A., 1997, magna cum laude

Bar Admissions

New York

Southern District of New York

Eastern District of New York

Third Circuit Court of Appeals