Wehner & York, P.C. | Background

Litigation & Legal Counseling

Michael York

Michael York is a nationally recognized litigator and a Pulitzer Prize-winning former journalist.

His clients are predominately in-house and outside litigation counsel, corporate affairs executives and high-profile individuals. He is a frequent speaker at continuing legal education seminars, meetings and other functions.

He has appeared on ethics panels conducted by the D.C. Circuit Judicial Conference, Investigative Reporters and Editors, the FBI, the Justice Department, various universities and the American Inns of Court.


Since opening his law practice in 1994, Mike has managed litigation communications for corporate plaintiffs, defendants and individuals in high-profile cases, and he has developed and executed plans for class actions, multi-billion-dollar verdicts, whistle-blower disclosures and criminal investigations. He has represented and counseled such varied interests as the New York Stock Exchange, Philip Morris USA and Altria, the Catholic Diocese of Arlington, Jack Welch, Miller Brewing Company, Georgia-Pacific, MCI-WorldCom bondholders and other well-known executives and sports figures. In addition, Mike maintains an active civil and white-collar criminal practice in state and federal courts. His clients have included whistleblowers, media groups, journalists and national organizations.


Mike was an investigative reporter and covered federal courts for The Washington Post before opening his law firm. He broke the federal investigations of former House Ways and Means Chairman Dan Rostenkowski (D-Ill.) and Rep. Carroll Hubbard (D-Ky.) and was the first American journalist to report on the inner workings and safety record of Aeroflot, the Russian airline. While at the Lexington Herald-Leader, Mike was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting for a series on improper payments to basketball players at the University of Kentucky and improper recruiting offers by other schools. In addition, he won numerous awards for an investigation of nationwide mortality rates for heart bypass operations.

Mike is admitted to practice in Virginia, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands and North Carolina. He is a member of the Virginia State Bar's Judicial Candidate Evaluation Committee and chaired a special state bar committee on presidential election procedures. He has served on the VSB Council and the VSB budget committee.

Wehner & York, P.C.
11860 Sunrise Valley Drive, Suite 100 – Reston, Virginia 20191 – 703.476.8000