Michael is a former prosecutor and proven trial lawyer, focusing primarily on providing top notch criminal defense to individuals who are being investigated or who have been charged with committing a crime in State or Federal Court.
Michael worked as a prosecutor in the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office for five years, where he learned the practice of criminal law as an Assistant District Attorney. Michael quickly ascended the ranks and was the first in his class to be promoted to the position of Senior Trial Attorney. During his tenure with the District Attorney’s Office, Michael handled thousands of cases and conducted in excess of 30 trials and evidentiary hearings against some of the finest attorneys in the nation. He developed his advocacy and courtroom skills by trying and convicting some of the most violent offenders in Brooklyn. Michael was also responsible for presenting in excess of 100 cases to the Grand Jury, overseeing complex investigations, and drafting and arguing motions and appeals.
After leaving the District Attorney’s Office, Michael joined Aidala, Bertuna & Kamins, where he has successfully utilized the courtroom knowledge that he gained as a prosecutor to effectively defend individuals charged with various offenses, including white collar crimes related to forgery, falsifying business records, identity theft, money laundering, Medicare fraud, commercial bribery and grand larceny, as well as violent and narcotics related offenses such as homicide, drug possession and sale, assault, weapons possession, reckless endangerment, harassment, and DWI.
Michael is admitted in the State of New York, Second Judicial Department, as well as the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York. Michael is a member of the Brooklyn Bar Association, Kings County Criminal Bar Association, Bay Ridge Lawyers Association, and the Columbian Lawyers Association. He is the Vice Chair of the Brooklyn Bar Association Criminal Law Committee and an Editor for the Brooklyn Barrister.
Michael is also assigned by the State of New York, First Judicial Department, to the 18b Felony Panel – a group of private lawyers who defend certain indigent individuals that have been criminally charged by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office.
In 2014, Michael was nominated by The National Trial Lawyers as one of the Top 100 Criminal Defense Trial Lawyers.