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Representative Awards

  • 2009-2016 New York Super Lawyers – Metro Edition
  • 2002-2016 AV Preeminent Rated by Martindale-Hubbell® (the highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards)
  • 2014 NYCLA President's Commendation (Judicial Budget Cuts)
  • 2002 ABA Pro Bono Publico Award and other awards for 9/11 relief work
  • 2002 Hero of the Profession Award, Arizona Foundation for Legal Services and Education
  • 1999 Award of Merit, Central and East European Law Initiative (Kosovo Refugee Project)
  • 1996 Award of Recognition, Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (Bosnian Elections)
  • 1993 NYSBA Award of Merit (to NYCLA for Pro Bono Program)
  • 1993 ABA Partnership Award (to NYCLA for Pro Bono Program)
  • Honorary Member, "The Fighting" 69th Regiment, NY (U.S. Army Reserves) 2007

Among the many awards and recognition I have received during my career, I am most proud to have received the American Bar Association's highest award for pro bono service, the 2002 ABA Pro Bono Publico Award.

In The News


Michael was awarded the ABA's highest award for pro bono endeavors, especially for his leading role in the 9/11 legal relief efforts for survivors of those who perished. See Michael's interviews on CNN, CBS and with Bryant Gumbel in the Video Center.

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Michael reflects on 9/11 and the nobility of the legal profession.

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