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About Me

Michael E. Ginsberg received his Juris Doctor degree in 1992 from Syracuse University College of Law and received his undergraduate degree from the State University of New York at Albany in 1989. Michael was chosen as a member of the Albany Business Review's 40 Under Forty in 2005.  He is the former President of the Rensselaer County Bar Association and also a former member of the House of Delegates of the New York State Bar Association.  He is active in the community, serving as Vice President of Vanderheyden Hall, Inc., and also serving on its Board of Directors. Michael is counsel to the Rensselaer Gateway Development Corp. and the Arts Center for the Capital Region as well as a member of the Board of Directors of those organizations. He is also Secretary and sits on the Board of Directors of the Louis Weinberg Foundation. He was the 2001 recipient of the New York State Bar Association Award of Appreciation and Chairman of the New York State Bar Association Practical Skills Seminar on Forming and Advising Businesses. He has published articles on legal topics such as protecting against corporate liability and the usefulness of employee non-compete agreements. Michael is Chief Litigation Counsel to RPI and his areas of practice include Mortgage Lending, Real Estate Law, Commercial and Civil Litigation, Employment Law, Education Law, Banking Law, Corporate Law, and Environmental Law, Media Law.  He is a member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA)


Languages Spoken: Spanish

Practice Areas


  1. Media Law: 38%
  2. Litigation: 22%
  3. Education: 18%
  4. Employment & Labor: 11%
  5. Real Estate: 11%

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Contact Info

Pattison Sampson Ginsberg & Griffin Pc - Attorneys

22 1st Street
Troy, NY, 12180


NYCurrently registered 199303/13/2015

Professional Misconduct

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Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Chosen Member of 40 Under FortyAlbany Business Review2005
New York State Bar Association Award of AppreciationNew York State Bar Association2001
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Partner, Vice PresidentPattison Sampson Ginsberg & Griffin1989 - Present
Cheif LitigatorHonen & Wood1999 - 2001
Association NamePosition NameDuration
New York State Bar AssociationDelegate2001 - 2002
Rensselaer County Bar AssociationPresident2001 - 2002
Rensselaer County Bar AssociationVice President2000 - 2001
Vanderheyden Hall, IncCounsel and Board member2000 - Present
Arts Center for the Capitol RegionCounsel and Board Member1999 - Present
Rensselaer County Mock TrialCoordinator1995 - 2000
Rensselaer Polytechnic InstituteChief Litigation CounselN/A
Rensselaer Gateway Development Corp.CounselN/A
National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA)MemberN/A
New York State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Berkley v. RPIJury verdict in favor of Client on $950K claim.
House v. RPIJury Verdict in favor of Client on $250K claim.
Pozament Corp. v. AES Westover, LLC,Jury Vedict in favor of Client.
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Publication NameTitleDate
Albany Business ReviewAsk The Expert2009
Albany Business ReviewAsk The Expert2008
The RecordYour Legal Survival Guide2007
Albany Business ReviewLimiting Exposure to Corporate Liability2002
Albany Business ReviewCarefully drafted non-compete agreements2002
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Syracuse University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1992
New York State University at AlbanyN/AN/A1989
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Chairman of the New York State Bar Association Practical Skills Seminar on Forming and Advising BusinessesForming and Advising Businesses2002
SmartUpForming BusinessesN/A