Michael F. Easley Jr. Partner

Michael is a litigator focused on internal investigations and trial work in state and federal courts.

He assists individual and corporate clients in a wide range of litigation, including antitrust, consumer protection, business torts, professional negligence, government contracting, criminal law, and matters involving financial services and securities. Mike also supports the regulatory and commercial aspects of the firm’s international trade practice.

In addition to his practice in the courts, he has advised clients facing inquiries by the Department of Justice, North Carolina Ethics Commission, and matters before the North Carolina Utilities Commission and other governmental regulatory bodies.

Born in Southport, North Carolina, Michael attended the University of North Carolina where he graduated with honors and distinction in political science. He later received his law degree with honors from the University of North Carolina School of Law. While still in law school, Michael frequently prosecuted cases on behalf of the District Attorney’s office as an extern in the 10th Judicial District.

In addition to his work at McGuireWoods, Michael contributes time to various bar and community organizations. He has served on the Board of Directors of the 10th Judicial District Bar and Wake County Bar Association. Michael also participates in the pro bono representation of criminal defendants in the Eastern District of North Carolina pursuant to the Criminal Justice Act of 1964 and is an active member of the Professionalism Committee of the 10th Judicial District Bar.


Representation of a large broker-dealer in multiple state and federal actions brought by alleged purchasers of failed financial products issued by a foreign bank. 

Defense of a large regional health care organization charged with tortious interference with contract. The matter was dismissed at the pleading stage without escalation to trial.

Defense of a national commercial real estate financer against allegations of breach of contract and various business torts. 

Representation of a life sciences company in a data breach investigation. 

Representation of an architectural millwork company against competitor and former employee accused of civil conspiracy, theft of trade secrets, violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, and Federal Stored Communications Act.

Defense of an emergency room doctor in wrongful death action following complications arising from a surgical procedure.

Counsel to international companies on compliance with International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), Export Administration Regulations (EAR), and various international trade sanctions and embargos.

  • The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, BA, with Honors and Distinction, Phi Beta Kappa, Honors in Political Science
  • The University of North Carolina School of Law, JD, with Honors

Former Board Member, 10th Judicial District Bar and Wake County Bar Association

Former Board Member, North Carolina Museum of History Young Associates

Former Member, Liberty Bell Awards Committee, North Carolina Bar Association

Member, Professionalism Committee, Wake County Bar Association

  • Group Moderator, "The Lawyer as Unwitting Accomplice," 2011 Wake County Professionalism Roundtable, October 4, 2011
  • North Carolina
  • North Carolina State Courts
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina

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Named to "North Carolina Rising Stars," Business Litigation, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2015-2020

Selected for inclusion into the North Carolina Pro Bono Honor Society, 2019

Named to "Legal Elite," Young Guns, Business North Carolina, 2014

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