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Michael R. Komo

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Mr. Komo is a fourth-year associate who focuses his practice on compliance with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”), internal investigations, government enforcement, white collar defense, and commercial litigation.

As part of his FCPA practice, Mr. Komo advises companies on compliance with the FCPA. He conducts investigations into alleged corruption, fraud, and other misconduct. He helps companies develop anti-corruption corporate policies and procedures to deter and detect potential FCPA problems. Mr. Komo also undertakes due diligence investigations of current and prospective business partners, distributors, agents, and acquisition targets with evaluations of anti-corruption risks associated with potential M&A deals and joint ventures.

As part of his broader government enforcement practice, Mr. Komo advises and defends companies and individuals who are being investigated or prosecuted by the government, and when possible, works to identify and correct regulatory and compliance issues before the government is involved. He conducts internal investigations on behalf of clients to evaluate exposure under federal statutes, assists with conducting interviews, and drafts reports. Mr. Komo also works with clients who are responding to government subpoenas.

As part of his litigation practice, Mr. Komo assists clients as national coordinating counsel by drafting a variety of substantive motions, arguing motions for summary judgment, and responding to discovery requests. He has worked on several mass tort cases for multinational corporations. Mr. Komo has also successfully helped a client obtain an injunction in a cybercrime case in federal court.

Mr. Komo has demonstrated a significant commitment to the firm’s diversity and inclusion initiatives. Internally, he serves as a member of the Pittsburgh office’s Diversity Committee and is the founder and chair of the Pittsburgh office LGBT Resource Group. Externally, Mr. Komo serves as a recruiter at the National LGBT Bar Association’s Annual Lavender Law Conference.

Mr. Komo is a dedicated member of the firm’s pro bono group. Some of his pro bono work includes representing revenge porn victims through the firm’s Cyber Civil Rights Legal Project, obtaining Protection from Abuse (“PFA”) orders for survivors of domestic violence, and helping transgender individuals seeking name changes through the Name Change Project with TLDEF.

Mr. Komo has represented the firm at several public policy events as well as political fundraisers for candidates seeking local, state, and federal elected office.

Professional Background

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Komo was a law clerk for the Honorable Fernando M. Olguin of the United States District Court for the Central District of California. In addition, he was a summer associate in the firm’s Pittsburgh office. During law school, Mr. Komo served as a legal intern for Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, law fellow for the Human Rights Campaign, legal fellow for the Network for Victim Recovery of DC, and member of The George Washington University Law School Domestic Violence Clinic. Prior to attending law school, Mr. Komo was a legislative intern for Senator Robert P. Casey, Jr., and a development intern for the Victory Fund Political Action Committee.


  • In 2013, Mr. Komo was one of four individuals in Washington, D.C., to be named by Metro Weekly as a next generation leader and receive the magazine’s Next Generation Award presented by Mayor Vincent C. Gray.
  • During his tenure at GW, Mr. Komo received several awards including the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Award.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • GW Lambda Law Alumni Association (Co-Founder/Chair) (2014 - Present)
  • National LGBT Bar Association (Member/Recruiter) (2013 - Present)
  • Pittsburgh Opera (New Guard Host Committee) (2018 - Present)
  • Riverhounds SC Annual Night Out (Founder/Lead Organizer) (2016 - Present)
  • Allegheny County Bar Association (LGBT Rights Committee) (2017 - 2018)
  • American Bar Association (Member) (2012 - 2018)
  • GW Out & Allied Alumni Network (Co-Founder/Chair) (2012 - 2018)
  • Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (Pittsburgh Co-Chair) (2016 - 2018)
  • Pittsburgh Legal Diversity & Inclusion Coalition (Member) (2016 - 2018)
  • Firm Service:
    • Global LGBT Sub-Committee (Member) (2017 - Present)
    • Pittsburgh Associates’ Committee (Co-Chair) (2018 - Present)
    • Pittsburgh Diversity Committee (Member) (2016 - Present)
    • Pittsburgh First-Year Book Club (Co-Chair) (2017 - Present)
    • Pittsburgh LGBT Resource Group (Founder/Chair) (2016 - Present)

Speaking Engagements

  • Mr. Komo was a co-presenter of “The Name Change Project CLE & Training for Allegheny County” at K&L Gates (October 2018).
  • Mr. Komo was the moderator of “Diversity Trends in the Legal Profession” at K&L Gates (February 2018).
  • Mr. Komo was a co-presenter of “An Introduction to the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity” at Duquesne University School of Law (September 2017).
  • Mr. Komo was a co-presenter of “An Introduction to the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity” at University of Pittsburgh School of Law (September 2016).
  • Mr. Komo was a co-presenter of “The Risks of Sexting and Cyber Bullying” at The Neighborhood Academy (April 2016).

Additional Information

  • Mr. Komo has addressed local, state, and federal policy, political, and civil rights issues, and his media appearances include: CNN, NBC, MSNBC, C-SPAN, Fox News, The Washington Post, National Public Radio, Metro Weekly, and The Advocate.