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Michael Steven Pollok

Michael Steven Pollok

also known as Michael Pollok, Michael S. Pollok

Practice areas:

Criminal Defense

About Me

Michael S. Pollok focuses his practice on state and federal criminal defense, civil litigation and entertainment law.  For more than 20 years, Mr. Pollok has represented clients charged with complex white-collar crimes, particularly in the areas of Medicaid/Medicare/healthcare fraud, mortgage and securities fraud, misconduct by public officials and less complex criminal cases including DUI, youthful offender, juvenile offenses, domestic violence and family offenses.    


Mr. Pollok has substantial grand jury, pre-trial hearing, trial, appellate and post-conviction litigation experience in both state and federal courts. He also handles corporate compliance, subpoena response compliance and advising clients regarding a variety of collateral matters related to criminal prosecutions including: professional licensing hearings before the New York State Board of Regents Review Committee and Office of Professional Discipline, Medicaid Fraud Control Unit ("MFCU"), Office of the Medicaid Inspector General ("OMIG"), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services ("CMS") investigations, NASD/SEC arbitration/civil proceedings, civil forfeiture proceedings initiated by New York State or one of its political subdivisions or the U.S. Justice Department, New York DMV licensing and suspension issues arising from Vehicle and Traffic Law convictions and advising clients how to avoid or minimize the immigration consequences of a potential or past criminal conviction.


In the area of entertainment law, over the past two decades, Mr. Pollok has represented athletes and media artists in negotiations and litigation in the film, television, live theater, publishing and music industries and is a member of the New York State Bar Association's Entertainment Arts and Sports Law section.


Mr. Pollok is a part-time municipal special prosecutor and has lectured on police encounters, New York's "social hosting laws" and the criminal consequences of under-aged drinking and addiction. He has spoken as a panel member at Continuing Legal Education programs on topics including representation of clients addicted to drugs or alcohol, DWI and he has participated in forums discussing the collateral consequences of criminal convictions sponsored by the New York City Bar Association where he is a former member of the Criminal Law Committee.


Mr. Pollok's writings regarding the New York Court of Appeals' mandate to provide free counsel at arraignment to all defendants charged with crimes have been published in the New York Law Journal and he provides pro bono services to indigent defendants at arraignments without the benefit of counsel.


Mr. Pollok holds the highest "AV" peer review rating granted by Martindale Hubbell and is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the New York State Bar Association Criminal Justice Section, the New York City Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the National College for DUI Defense and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.  


Mr. Pollok is a former member of the Assigned Counsel Plan for the Appellate Division, First Department and the Criminal Justice Act Panel for the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He is admitted to practice law in the State of New York, the Supreme Court of the United States, the United States Courts of Appeal for the First and Second Circuits, the United States District Courts for the Southern, Eastern, Northern Districts of New York and the District of Connecticut. Mr. Pollok will be handling matters in our Hudson Valley and Manhattan offices. He may be reached after hours on his cell phone at (845) 853-2292 or by email at


Practice Areas

Licensed since 1994

  1. Criminal Defense: 100%
    22 years



Free Consultation (30 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

14 total 

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    Mike is one of the most hardworking and committed attorney's I have ever had the honor of being co-counsel with.


    Adam Freedman
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

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    I am a retired District Attorney from Pennsylvania. Mr. Pollock represented a family member with a DUI in New York State. He was very knowledgeable, professional and prompt. He returned phone calls immediately. His staff was equally kind and prompt. He had good relationships with the judges and their staff. He obtained an excellent outcome in the case. I recommend him without reservation.


    Deirdre Eshleman
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact Info

Kantor, Davidoff, Mandelker, Twomey, Gallanty & Kesten, P.C.

415 Madison Avenue
16th Floor
New York, NY, 10017

Law Office of Michael Pollok

7472 S Broadway Suite 3
Post Office Box 190
Red Hook, NY, 12571




NYCurrently registered 199403/13/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Preeminent 5.0 out of 5Martindale-Hubbell2015
Proclamation In Appreciation for Community Legal ServicesNew York City Council2005
New York State Court of Appeals Pro Bono PabelNew York State Court of Appeals2005
Criminal Justice Act PanelUnited States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit2004

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
AttorneyLaw Offices of Michael S. Pollok2013 - Present
Of CounselMarvin and Marvin, PLLC2010 - 2013
Of CounselHoffman & Pollok, LLP1995 - Present


Association NamePosition NameDuration
New York City Bar AssociationCriminal Law Committee Member2007 - Present
Dutchess County Bar AssociationMember2006 - Present
United States Court of Appeals for the Second CircuitCJA Panel2005 - Present
New York State Supreme Court Appellate Division18B Panel1996 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember1994 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember1994 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1993 - Present
New York State Bar AssociationMember1989 - Present
Newport News Bar AssociationN/AN/A

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Abbamonte v. U.S.Abbamonte v. U.S., 7 Fed.Appx. 58 (2nd Cir.(N.Y.)
United States v. Melvin Altmanconviction on mail fraud counts reversed on appeal
People v. Schoonmaker, 13-120049, 2014 WL 2863707 (N.Y. Just. Ct. June 24, 2014)All Charges Dismissed

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Publication NameTitleDate
New York Law JournalUsing Video To Cover All Arraignments In New York2014
Red Hook ObserverKeeping Your Parents Out Of Jail On Prom Night2013


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
St John's University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1993
George Washington UniversityPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1989
Bard CollegeTeachingMA - MastersN/A

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
A Panel Discussion coordinated by Hon. Jonah TriebwasserCLE: Representing the Impaired Client: DWI and DWAI2015
Rhinebeck High SchoolSocial Hosting Law and Minors, DWI2013