ISSA MIKEL is a skilled senior litigator with experience handling all aspects of complex business litigation matters in state and federal courts, including securities (state and federal), civil fraud, breach of contract, shareholder and derivative matters, real estate, and other matters.  His experience includes successfully defending several of the largest financial institutions in the country in civil actions (including class actions, derivative actions, and individual suits) and regulatory investigations arising out of the recent financial crisis.

Issa received his Juris Doctor from Columbia University School of Law, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and a member of the Columbia Human Rights Law Review and the Columbia Journal of Law and Social Problems.  He also received a Master of Arts degree from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London and his Bachelor of Arts degree from Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. He is licensed to practice both in California and New York.


  • Columbia Law School, New York, New York
    • J.D.  – 2005
    • Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar
    • Columbia Human Rights Law Review
    • Columbia Journal of Law and Social Problems
  • Brandeis University, Massachusetts
    • B.A. summa cum laude– 1998
    • High Honors
    • Phi Beta Kappa
  • University of London
    • M.A. – 1999
    • Honors