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Attorney Profile

Michael Dershowitz served at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) as a Senior Attorney for 30 years. He is an experienced investigator, litigator, negotiator and speaker.  For several years, Michael served as FTC’s liaison to FDA and EPA. He is an expert in advertising law, consumer protection, antitrust and federal regulatory law, with a focus on FTC and FDA defense and regulatory compliance.  

In 2003, Mr. Dershowitz entered private practice and now specializes in consulting with individuals and companies regarding federal regulatory matters. For three years, he served as Chief Compliance Officer with Seasilver USA, Inc., a major dietary supplement company that was operating under FTC order.  Michael led the company out of receivership and into compliance with all FTC and FDA rules and regulations. Working closely with management, Michael reviewed all advertising and labeling, and consulted regularly with FTC and FDA staff to enable the company to resolve all outstanding issues.  

Mr. Dershowitz now consults with other dietary supplement companies and other businesses and attorneys regarding false and misleading advertising claims, mergers, class action lawsuits, franchises, endorsements, sweepstakes, rebates, Internet advertising and FDA prescription and OTC drug labeling requirements.  

At FTC, Michael was involved in a large number of cases regarding a wide variety of product areas –energy, oil and gas, the environment, drugs, dietary supplements, and cosmetics, as well as new technology. (Michael’s complete FTC Case List is available on this website.) In the environmental area alone, Michael was lead attorney in drafting the Commission’s Guidelines for Environmental Advertising, and brought more than thirty cases involving misleading environmental claims. Michael is expert in the whole range of FTC inquiry, investigation, litigation, negotiation, and remedies available to FTC. He was responsible for negotiating dozens of settlements with companies and obtaining millions of dollars in consumer refunds.

Mr. Dershowitz served the public in Washington, DC and continues to do so in private practice by ensuring that the law is understood and followed. Given his longstanding experience and credibility with government officials, Michael effectively guides companies through the investigative and compliance process, whether companies have already been contacted by the government or whether they are seeking to avoid such contact.

Michael is a member of the Bar in the District of Columbia, the DC Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court. He is on the Board of Directors of the La Jolla, CA Bar Association and is an Elected Trustee of the La Jolla, CA Town Council.

Attorney Michael Dershowitz is available for short or long term consultation or representation.



  • Advertising Law
  • Consumer Protection
  • Antitrust Law/ Mergers
  • FTC Defense/ FTC Compliance
  • Prescription Drugs
  • OTC Drug Labeling
  • Medical Devices
  • Dietary Supplements
  • FDA Defense/ FDA Compliance