Michael is a partner and trial attorney who has counseled and represented numerous corporations and clients, including manufacturers of various products, lawyers, construction companies, trucking companies, health clubs, security companies, alarm installers, landlords, managing agents, foster care agencies, municipalities, nurses, physicians, nursing homes and physical therapists.  Michael has successfully tried many high-exposure cases to verdict.

 

Michael is a graduate of St. John’s University School of Law and he was a contributing author to the Construction Site Personal Injury Litigation, published and updated by the New York State Bar Association. Michael has also authored articles on multiple practice areas and speaks regularly at seminars involving general liability, construction cases, fires and explosions and products liability. 

 

 

LECTURES AND PRESENTATIONS

Michael was a presenter at the NYSBA CLE: Claims and Defenses After Fires and Explosions in November of 2015. In March 2015, Michael spoke at the New York State Bar Association sponsored Premises Liability Seminar in New York City on the topic of security guard cases. In October 2014, Michael spoke at the NYSBA’s seminar on Depositions in New York City. In October 2013, Michael spoke at the NYSBA’s seminar entitled 2013 Law School for Insurance Professionals regarding the use of social media in claims investigations, discovery and jury selection. Michael moderated the 2013 NYSBA sponsored Health, Fitness and Adventure Sports Liability Seminar in Manhattan in August 2013, specifically addressing the applicability and effectiveness of exculpatory clauses, releases and waivers under GOL Section 5-326. In the Fall of 2012, Michael was a speaker on the topic of Ethics during a Medicare Set Aside seminar on Long Island, which was sponsored by the National Business Institute. In the Spring of 2011, Michael lectured on the topic of Premises Liability for the New York State Bar Association. In the Fall of 2010, Michael lectured at the Law School for Insurance Professionals course sponsored by the New York State Bar Association on the topics of Medicare and liens. His outlines are published in the corresponding course books. He also lectured at the Construction Work Site and Accident Litigation Seminar in the Fall of 2003 for the New York State Bar Association. 

 

 

PUBLICATIONS

Michael was a contributing author to the Construction Site Personal Injury Litigation, New York Labor Law sections 200, 240(1) and 241(6) text originally published in 2006 and updated in 2008 by the New York State Bar Association. 

 

Michael has also been featured in the "And the Defense Wins" section of The Voice, DRI's weekly eNewsletter:

     March 29, 2017

     March 15, 2017

     November 26, 2014

     October 29, 2014

     July 16, 2014

     April 16, 2014

     March 30, 2011

     December 1, 2010

Practice Areas

Aviation Litigation and Transactions

Construction and Labor Law

Fire and Explosion

General Liability

Hospitality and Dram Shop

Premises Liability

Products Liability

Security Guards

Trucking and Transportation

Architects and Engineers

Crisis Management

 

Education

St. John’s University School of Law, J.D., 1988

Binghamton University, B.A., cum laude, 1985

- Psychology National Honor Society

 

Bar and Court Admissions

New York

New Jersey

District of Columbia

U.S. District Courts – Southern, Eastern, Northern and Western Districts of New York, District of New Jersey, District of Connecticut

 

Other Professional Affiliations

American Bar Association, Tort and Insurance Practice Section

New York State Bar Association, Products Liability Committee

District of Columbia Bar Association

New Jersey Bar Association

 

Notable Cases 

Blanco v. Integrated Systems; Garcia v. Superior Crane; Collet v. Sunset Park Security; Garcia v. 164 Broadway Associates; Gonzalez v. Express Management; Tejada v. Creston Holding; Morales v Coram Materials Corp.; Cooper v. 40 Clarkson Avenue Owners, Corp., et al.; Hayes v. Riverbend Housing Company, Inc.; S.M.R.K., Inc., et al. v. 25 West 43rd Street Company, et al.; Saini, et al. v. Tonju Associates, et al.; Tarazzi v. 2025 Richmond Avenue Associates, Inc., et al.; and Tyree v. Seneca Center-Home Attendant Program, Inc., et al.