Michael Shah is a New York City-based lawyer, real estate investor, restaurateur and founder of Delshah Capital, a real estate investment firm. His company invests in physical real estate and property-backed distressed debt. Delshah's projects have included rental buildings, luxury condominiums and office buildings. These including the Philip Johnson and Alan Ritchie-designed 19-unit Renwick Modern in Hudson Square and 221 West 17th Street, a furniture showroom-to-condominium conversion. Before going into real estate investing, Shah worked for Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, a law firm that specializes in M&A and bankruptcy advisory, from 2003 to 2005. He founded Delshah Capital in 2006, a year after quitting the law firm, and began buying government-subsidized apartment buildings in the Bronx, Staten Island, and Brooklyn and defaulted mortgages from New York-area banks. The debt deals often resulted in Shah taking possession of the mortgaged building. He has also been a co-owner of restaurants and bars, including Sons of Essex on the Lower East Side, Petaluma on the Upper East Side and the now-closed Cocktail Bodega. In 2012, the city sued Shah, alleging that he had systematically designed real estate transactions to avoid tax obligations. Shah graduated from Jericho High School on Long Island's North Shore. He has a BA from Harvard University and an MA from the London School of Economics, where he concentrated on economics and finance. He received a JD from Harvard Law School in 2003 and was valedictorian.