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Carl Micarelli is a member of the firm’s Litigation Department. His practice has included international commercial and investment arbitration, economic sanctions compliance advice, litigation aspects of insurance regulation and general commercial litigation.

Mr. Micarelli regularly advises clients in connection with sanctions regulations administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) in the U.S. Department of the Treasury. This work has included ongoing compliance advice, investigations of potentially noncompliant transactions, licensing matters and litigation.

Together with other attorneys at Debevoise, Mr. Micarelli has frequently represented clients in arbitration matters, including arbitrations under commercial contracts and investment treaties. He also has significant experience with litigation regarding the enforceability of arbitration agreements and arbitral awards.

Mr. Micarelli has assisted a number of life insurance companies on regulatory matters, including matters related to insurance company insolvencies. Mr. Micarelli regularly advises the Life Insurance Company Guaranty Corporation of New York, the statutory guaranty fund that provides protections to New York residents in the event of a life insurance company insolvency, on various matters.

Mr. Micarelli was admitted to the bar in New York in 1992. He received his A.B. in Mathematics from Princeton in 1987 and his J.D. from Yale in 1990, where he was managing editor of the Yale Journal of Law and the Humanities. Mr. Micarelli served as a law clerk to the Hon. Robert L. Carter, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, from 1990 to 1991. His publications include: “Anti-Money Laundering and Economic Sanctions Laws,” in Regulation of Foreign Banks and Affiliates in the United States (9th ed., 2016); “Insurance Guaranty Funds,” in New Appleman New York Insurance Law (2nd ed., 2011); and articles on recent developments in economic sanctions law for Pratt’s Energy Law Report and Westlaw Journal, among other publications.


  • Yale Law School, 1990, J.D.
  • Princeton University, 1987, A.B.

Bar Admissions

  • New York