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Michael Elbert is the lead attorney at the Elbert Law Firm. His primary practice areas are criminal defense, DWI and personal injury litigation.
After receiving his Bachelor's degree from the University at Buffalo, Michael attended St John's University School of Law on an academic scholarship. He began his career at the Bronx County District Attorney's office where he prosecuted thousands of cases ranging from misdemeanors to homicide.
Since entering private practice in 2001, Michael has distinguished himself throughout the area as a skilled trial lawyer, winning acquittals for clients on a wide array of charges such as, murder, robbery, burglary, weapons, narcotics, vehicular crimes, obstructing governmental administration, resisting arrest, possession of stolen property, harassment and disorderly conduct. Michael's trial success and experience with area prosecutors and judges has given him the knowledge, experience and credibility necessary to achieve the best possible results for his clients.

In 2014, Michael was recognized as one of the best criminal attorneys in New York when he was selected to the New York Times Super Lawyers publication.  Michael was also recognized as one of he top ten criminal attorneys in New York by the National Association of Criminal Attorneys and nationally ranked among the top 100 DWI attorneys by the National Advocacy for DUI Defense.  Additionally, rates Michael as a "superb" attorney for criminal defense, DWI and personal injury matters and in 2013 awarded him their "Clients' Choice Award".

Michael has lectured for the New York State Bar Association and Iona College and recently authored, "A Consideration of the Repugnant Verdict" (Nassau Lawyer, 2012).

Michael Is a member of the Suffolk County Bar Association and serves on the Board of Directors for the Nassau County Criminal Courts Bar Association.


Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 34%
    17 years
  2. DUI & DWI: 33%
    17 years
  3. Personal Injury: 33%
    17 years



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The Elbert Law Firm

560 Broadhollow Road, Suite 303
Melville, NY, 11747


NYCurrently registered 199903/13/2015
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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
SuperLawyersThomson Reuters2015
Super LawyersThomson Reuters2014
Top 100 DWI LawyersNational Advocacy for DUI Defense2014
Top 10 Criminal Defense LawyersNational Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys2014
Clients' Choice AwardAvvo2013
Top ContributorAvvo2013
Law School ScholarshipSt John's University1994
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerThe Elbert Law Firm2014 - Present
PartnerMatera & Elbert, LLP2013 - 2014
PartnerElbert & Elbert, Llp2004 - 2013
AssociateLaw Offices Of Thomas F. Liotti2002 - 2004
Associate AttorneyO'Connor & O'Connor, LLP2001 - 2002
Assistant District AttorneyOffice Of The Bronx County District Attorney1998 - 2001
Association namePosition nameDuration
Criminal Courts Bar Association of Nassau CountyBoard of Directors, Second Vice Pres.2010 - Present
Suffolk County Bar AssociationN/A2004 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
People v. JohnsonClient acquittted of all charges after trial
People v. SpellerAll charges dismissed by Trial Judge
People v. HillAcquitted of all charges after trial
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Publication nameTitleDate
Nassau LawyerA Consideration of the Repugnant Verdict for the Criminal Defense Practitioner2012
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
St John's University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1997
State University of New York at Buffalo School of LawHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1994
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Graduate Education Leadership ProgramCommon Legal Issues Confronting Administrators in the Education System2012
Bridging the Gap: Young Lawyers SectionDealing with Difficult Attorneys, Clients and Judges2010