Michael D. Tauer, Partner


Michael D. Tauer is a partner in Kerstein, Coren & Lichtenstein’s litigation practice group. He represents plaintiffs and defendants in state and federal courts, in mediations and arbitrations, and before administrative agencies.

Michael has a broad range of litigation experience, including commercial and business disputes, employment disputes, health care compliance and civil and criminal litigation. His clients include individuals, small businesses and large corporations. A skilled litigator with more than a decade of experience, Michael works with his clients to understand their personal and business objectives in order to gain the best results possible.

Representative Experience:

  • Appellate: Briefing and arguing First Amendment, employment and land use issues.
  • Commercial and Business Disputes: From contract negotiations through all aspects of litigation, including conducting investigations, preparing court filings, managing discovery, dispositive motions, trials, alternative dispute resolution and appeals.
  • Corporate Governance: Counseling senior management and boards on business, employment and compliance matters and conducting internal investigations.
  • Employment Law: Drafting and revising employee handbooks, conducting compliance training for employees and managers, and investigating and responding to charges of discrimination and allegations of workplace misconduct.
  • Health Care: Assisting health care institutions regarding contract negotiations, internal investigations, allegations of research misconduct, regulatory litigation, and compliance.
  • Real Estate: Representing individuals and businesses in administrative and judicial proceedings involving commercial real estate transactions, fraud, zoning and construction disputes.


  • Law clerk, Honorable Martha B. Sosman, Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts

Community Involvement:

  • Member, Permanent Building Committee, Town of Wellesley
  • Founder and Member of Capital Campaign Committee, The University of Tennessee/West Institute for Cancer Research
  • Member of National Leadership Council, LeBonheur Children’s Hospital


  • Evolution of the Doctrine of Equitable Apportionment – Mississippi v. Memphis, 41 Mem. L. R. 897 (2011)


  • Top 40 Under 40 Award 2014, Memphis Business Journal
  • SuperLawyers, Business Litigation
  • G. Joseph Tauro Distinguished Scholar Award
  • Paul J. Liacos Scholar Award
  • Edward F. Hennessey Distinguished Scholar Award
  • Dean’s Award for Contracts

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