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Michael Marley has always been a fighter. He boxed in the Golden Gloves in Massachusetts and then competed for the University of Nevada, Reno. After a long career as sports columnist (New York Post), Marley turned to the practice of criminal law. He got his start in boxing as a personal friend of "The Greatest," Muhammad Ali.


"I have to fight for someone's freedom and I love defending people against the mighty power of the government," Marley said. "My goal in every case is to hold the government to its burden which is to prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt. You can pick up a newspaper almost any day and read about someone who was unjustly accused and/or unjustly convicted. Our system of law is the world's best but mistakes are made and innocent folks sometimes wind up in prison for crimes they did not commit.


"I defend every client as though he or she is my brother, my sister or my son or daughter. I take each case personally and that's why I conduct myself in an aggressive, experienced manner. When you put your faith and trust in me to defend you or your loved one, it's an awesome responsibility and I treat it that way. I will provide a serious defense for serious crimes."


Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 70%
    19 years, 700 cases
  2. Entertainment: 20%
    22 years, 47 cases
  3. Social Security: 10%



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Contact info

Law Office Of Michael Marley

250 West 100 Street
Suite 1102
New York, NY, 10025-5325


NYCurrently registered 199103/13/2015

Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority.

  1. Suspension
    issued in NY, 2006


    Suspended means an attorney lost his or her license to practice law for a period of time. The attorney typically returns to practicing law when the suspension expires.

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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2012
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerLaw Office of Michael L. Marley1990 - Present
ProducerABC Sports1982 - 1986
Sports ColumnistNew York Post1978 - 1990
Association namePosition nameDuration
New York County Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
NY State Criminal Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Boxing Writers Association of AmericaMemberN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Fordham University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1990
University of NevadaJournalismBA1973