Michael J. Marinello is an experienced litigator at both the trial and appellate levels representing businesses and individuals in complex civil litigation, while also serving as a trusted advisor to individual clients and outside general counsel for small to mid-size companies.  As a veteran himself, he also routinely handles military and veteran matters, including military criminal defense. 

Mr. Marinello knows that, for some clients, engaging a lawyer for representation in legal matters – particularly litigation – can be an intimidating and daunting experience.  For other clients, working with lawyers may be more familiar or even common.  In either case, Mr. Marinello takes pride in understanding and internalizing each client’s particular needs and in providing honest, efficient, and cost-effective solutions.  Knowing that litigation is typically an avenue of last resort, he works diligently to tailor his advice and counsel to help his clients avoid disputes altogether and, whenever possible, to resolve disputes effectively and efficiently prior to actual litigation.  When litigation is necessary, however, Mr. Marinello zealously represents the best interests of his clients to maximize their success and obtain the best possible outcome – whether that be through a negotiated settlement, court judgment, jury verdict, or on appeal.  

As a litigator, Mr. Marinello’s experience includes extensive representation of plaintiffs and defendants alike before state and federal courts (trial and appellate), government agencies, commercial arbitrators, and neutral mediators.  On behalf of both individual and company clients, he routinely litigates all facets of business and other complex civil disputes, including direct claims and derivative suits for breach of contract, tortious interference with contracts or prospective business, business disparagement, fraud, successor liability, labor and wage claims, IP and trade secret disputes, breach of fiduciary duties, violation of covenants not to compete/solicit, and other business torts.  As these matters frequently arise on an emergency basis, Mr. Marinello often assists his clients in obtaining or defending temporary restraining orders and preliminary injunctions, followed by permanent injunctions, as well as obtaining and defending against confessed judgments.

As a result of his litigation experience, Mr. Marinello is particularly well-suited to serve as an advisor to individual clients and as outside general counsel company clients.  Understanding the pitfalls of drafting documents and what can lead to litigation enables Mr. Marinello to anticipate possible issues, advise his clients accordingly, and work to minimize and prevent the possibility of litigation in the first place.  With this perspective Mr. Marinello routinely counsels and assists individuals and small to mid-size companies with all aspects of business transactions, contracts, employment matters, investigations, fiduciary and estate issues, and other business and complex civil matters, including:  business ownership; the creation, organization, and financing of new companies; employment/consulting/contractor agreements; non-competition and non-solicitation agreements; confidentiality agreements; trust agreements and estate planning documents; loan agreements and promissory notes; guarantees; and commercial business transactions such as teaming agreements, joint ventures, asset sales and purchase agreements, license agreements, and other business deals.  In addition, Mr. Marinello has substantial experience with compliance matters and sensitive, complex investigations, whether undertaken by outside government agencies or internally by company management.

Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Marinello served 14 years on active duty in the U.S. Navy, including seven years with the Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps.  During his time in the JAG Corps, Mr. Marinello built the foundation of his litigation and general counsel experience.  As a prosecutor, he prosecuted dozens of criminal cases, including numerous contested trials for rape, aggravated assault, and other violent crimes, as well as larceny, fraud, child pornography, and distribution of narcotics.  As a civil litigator, Mr. Marinello represented and defended the Navy and its officials in a wide range of matters, such as wrongful discharge claims, military pay claims, disability and discrimination suits, constitutional torts, and Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act matters.  He routinely worked side-by-side with Assistant U.S. Attorneys and other Department of Justice attorneys in U.S. District Courts and Courts of Appeals throughout the country, as well as the Court of Federal Claims.

In addition to litigating for the Navy, Mr. Marinello gained significant experience counseling clients during his time as a JAG.  He served as the deputy general counsel to the Admiral responsible for the Navy’s Mid-Atlantic Region (covering all naval bases from Virginia to Maine) and general counsel to the commanding officer of Naval Station Norfolk, the Navy’s largest naval base.  He also served as general counsel to the Commandant of Midshipmen at the U.S. Naval Academy, where he advised the Commandant and his staff on criminal investigations and courts-martial, Midshipmen discipline and discharge proceedings, civil litigation matters, government ethics, Congressional inquiries, public relations, and claims against the government.

Prior to becoming a judge advocate, Mr. Marinello served in the Navy as a Surface Warfare Officer in various positions onboard two warships in San Diego, California.  He continues to serve as a Commander in the Naval Reserves.

Mr. Marinello and his family are residents of Annapolis, where they are actively involved in local school functions, athletic organizations, and other community events.

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