Michael Rayfield is a partner in Mayer Brown’s Supreme Court & Appellate practice. He focuses on class actions and other consolidated litigation, primarily in data privacy, product liability and securities lawsuits. He has argued cases in the Second Circuit, the Seventh Circuit, the Ninth Circuit, and a variety of federal and state trial courts, and has briefed state and federal appeals throughout the country. Mike has worked on over two dozen jury trials in all aspects of appellate preservation, including drafting and arguing motions in limine, directed-verdict motions and proposed jury instructions.
In addition to his work on behalf of corporate clients, Mike is devoted to representing individuals in criminal, immigration and civil rights appeals. Mike currently represents four clients convicted of murder or homicide offenses; two clients convicted of drug trafficking; two clients convicted of armed robbery; several immigrants facing deportation from the United States; and a woman seeking to hold several prison officials accountable for sexually assaulting her. Mike’s past victories include a decision by the Second Circuit reversing the conviction of a client convicted of murder for hire; three rulings by the Seventh Circuit, the Ninth Circuit, and the Board of Immigration Appeals barring the government from deporting immigrants to Mexico, Honduras, and El Salvador; and three other decisions releasing clients from prison or ICE detention. In 2021, the Second Circuit appointed Mike to its Criminal Justice Act panel, through which he accepts court appointments to represent indigent criminal defendants on appeal.
Before joining Mayer Brown in 2013, Mike was a law clerk to Judge Jay S. Bybee of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and to Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis of the Eastern District of New York. He also spent a year as a litigation associate at another prominent firm. Mike received his JD with high honors from the University of Chicago Law School, where he was a comments editor on the Law Review. He received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University.
The University of Chicago Law School, JD, with high honors
Comments Editor, University Of Chicago Law Review
Cornell University, BA
- New York
- US Supreme Court
- US District Court for the Eastern District of New York
- US District Court for the Northern District of New York
- US District Court for the Southern District of New York
- US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
- US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
- US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
- US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit