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Michael A Austin

Litigation Attorney at Midland Park, NJ

5.0   41 reviews
  • Licensed for 17 years
    State NJ
    Acquired 2006
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About Michael

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Practice areas
  1. Litigation
    Michael's litigation experience is broad. The focus of his litigation practice involves commercial disputes, real estate litigation, and estate contests. His clients are counseled to make informed decisions and manage risk and achieve results.

    17 years

  2. Business
    Michael counsels closely held businesses in transactions, acquisitions, sales, contract matters, regulatory issues, and day to day legal concerns. He serves as trusted general counsel to many of his long time business clients.

    17 years

  3. Commercial real estate
    Michael counsels clients on commercial real estate transactions including purchase, sales, leasing, development, land use, and financing.

    17 years


Conte Clayton & Austin, P.A.
666 Godwin Avenue
Suite 320
Midland Park, NJ, 07432

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Posted by Tom | April 16, 2023
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Commercial closing
Mr. Austin was retained to handle our commercial property closing. this was zoned industrial, and as everyone knows with commercial it is not like basic real estate it has moving parts with many different factors and contingencies. we had to deal with sellers and their multiple business partners with different views, environmental, lengthy process to sign contracts.Mr. Austin New went to wait for their response and when to send proper time of the essence letters. He is very knowledgeable, he and his office staff are very responsive and reassuring. We completed the closing with additional follow ups and he continued to provide us with information for further beneficial steps to increase value. He was fair and a pleasure to work with. I would highly recommend. I witnessed what a poor attorney looked liked on the other side, missing information, always on vacation, weeks of lag response time, we spent more time sending update request then getting down to the matter at hand. This is why I was so pleased working with Mr. Austin.
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Posted by anonymous | April 6, 2023
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Mike is smart, friendly and always comes through
I have worked with Mike for 13 years. When I had a fire 13 years ago and the condo President and board refused to sign their insurance company’s payment authorization over a $1,000 over assessment by their appraiser, he came through for me and i finally was able to rebuild my condo. He has always been there for me when I needed legal advise. I can always call or text him and he will get back to me. He is also very intelligent, and very knowledgeable about many things. When i needed to revise my will he suggested his partner, Meryl as she specializes in estates. Recently, when i needed an elderly abuse lawyer for my brother in Florida, he helped me find a lawyer there. He also helped me with my recent purchase of a new condo. I highly recommend him.
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Posted by Mary | February 25, 2022
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Concise, Professional, Smart
I have worked with Mike on a few projects including the sale of a business and master service agreement negotiation. He was responsive, knowledgeable, and articulate in his approach.
Posted by Steven | December 11, 2019
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1st home purchase fast and easy
Michael’s firm represented me as a 1st time home buyer. He and his team made the entire process fast and easy with excellent communication, guidance and correspondence. Highly recommended!!!
Posted by Patrick | December 10, 2019
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The best attorney around!!
Mike and his team are essential for your real estate transaction. His in depth experience and number of transactions gives unparalleled insight that is invaluable when buying or selling. Not only have I recommended Mike and his team to many, but have worked with Mike on my own transactions. Mike Austin is detailed, punctual, and readily available to speak when you need him.
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Posted by Carl and Evette | May 25, 2019
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Going through a closing can be difficult but with Michael and his team it was the easiest closing we ever had.
Posted by Jon | May 1, 2019
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First time home buyer, very satisfied!
Mike was very informative and attentive to all of our needs. As first time home buyers we weren’t very familiar with the process and mike and his team took the time to explain everything thoroughly. Constant communication throughout the whole process. Mikes assistant Katie was wonderful as well!
Posted by anonymous | April 29, 2019
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Great experience
Michael was so great in advising me purchasing my first home! Him and his staff Katie took care of everything and were so professional, I would recommend them to anyone, every question I had they answered and everything was done in a timely manner! They made something I thought would be so stressful completely stress free
Posted by Jim | February 18, 2019
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A Plus Plus
Mike and his staff were tremendous. Their communication was prompt, ongoing and best of all the firm stayed on top of things being proactive. One of Mike's best attributes is that he looks out for you and tries to get as much as he can for the dollar. Before he finalizes anything he checks with you to make sure you feel comfortable with the outcome. His methods are up to date. A special thanks to his assistant Katie. She was very patient and responsible. Many times I called on the weekend and received communication first thing Monday morning. Mike also worked very well with my realtor, contractor and engineering firm communicating constantly with updates. Every message sent to outgoing recipients was forwarded to myself as well. I would highly recommend Mike's services. The entire staff was very helpful and worked together to forward communication and help with questions when Mike was not in his office. Mike was always one step ahead of the buyers lawyer pushing for deadlines and updates. He was able to satisfy our needs even though we were not onsite. We wish to thank Mike and his staff very much!
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Posted by Samantha | November 8, 2018
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Home Closing Attorney
My husband and I hired Mr. Austin to help us with the closing of our home. Mr. Austin & his assistant, Katie, made the process very easy for us. We are first time homebuyers, so we had TONS of questions, which Mr. Austin & Co. explained every detail of - we learned A LOT. They were very professional and on top of all of our paperwork and timeframes. We closed on time and even cracked some jokes while signing our contract. If you're looking for an attorney to put you at ease and maybe learn a thing or two from - we highly recommend.
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Posted by Chris | November 5, 2018
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Great Lawyer for Residential Real Estate
Michael came highly recommended from our realtor and he did a great job for my wife and I through the home buying process. Michael was able to smooth over any bumps that occurred through the process of buying a house. All issues that came up were settled in our favor and he gave great advice along the way. He is super responsive to all emails and he makes you feel like you are in his only client. The actual closing took way less than hour cause of all the hard work and diligence Michael put in ahead of time. We couldn't be any happier with Michael's services and would highly recommend him to anyone.
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Posted by Ron | October 24, 2018
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Real Estate Closing
Michael did a excellent job helping us deal with difficult buyers. He kept on top of all correspondence and always made himself available when we had questions or concerns. His paralegal, Katie, was also extremely helpful. He also did my son’s house closing and was highly recommended.
Posted by Susan | October 24, 2018
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Excellent attorney
Michael is just great. His response time is incredible. He listens (seems to be a rare talent these days) and he’s quite adept at seeing the big picture and keeping you focused on end goal. I would certainly use him again and highly recommend his services. He and his team were responsive and easy to work with. I used Michael for real estate sale. When I was upset by inspection “asks” he was able to ratchet me down without me feeling I was being “handled.” At all times I felt Michael had my best interests in mind. Top notch
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Posted by Linda | October 4, 2018
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Just the best!
Nothing but great things to say about Michael Austin. He is everything you want in a professional representing you. He is knowledgeable, patient, trust worthy, intelligent, down to earth and always focused on my best interest. I would hire him again tomorrow!
Posted by Damon | September 9, 2018
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Excellent Attorney and Staff
We were recommended to Michael from a friend and they proved their friendship is real. Michael was hired to help guide us through a home purchase and closing. He was very understanding with this being our first time. His sincere approach to giving advice and really allowing you to make the right decision with knowing all of the facts and figures was greatly appreciated. His paralegal, Katie, did an excellent job and was always accessible. You can tell that their teamwork and comraderie has been developed over time and it works. They stayed on the same page throughout the process. Mike and Katie, both, were extremely responsive to all inquiries whether via e-mail or by phone. He is a pitbull who knows how to fight and explains the potential downside, but he is not afraid to go to the mat. I was extremely pleased with his temperment. Thanks to his knowledge of the law and homebuying process, my family and I felt like we made out on the upper end of the negotiations. The home closing was a very smooth experience and enjoyable. We were even laughing and learning at the meeting thanks to Mike and Katie. They are extreme professionals that I would happily work with again in the future.
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Posted by Justin | June 3, 2018
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Real Estate Transaction
Mike was hired to handle our Sale and Purchase of a new home. Mike guided us through the process and we were able to close on both. Mike was very knowledgeable in Real Estate law and answered all of our questions. I highly recommend Mike and will use him again.
Posted by Nicole | May 27, 2018
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Would definitely recommend.
My husband and I hired Mike Austin to handle our real estate transactions (both sale of old house and purchase of our new house). He was extremely thorough and professional. He answered any questions that we had and addressed any concerns along the way. His team is great and went out of their way to ensure that we were informed and comfortable throughout the process! We highly recommend him!
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Posted by Maxine | February 1, 2018
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Highly recommend!
Mike and his staff were wonderful in smoothly finalizing the sale of my house, especially since it involved problems with encroachment. He knows his stuff!
Posted by Vivian | January 4, 2018
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Crawl space nightmare resolved
A few days after purchasing our 1st home, our contractor, J. Johansson, found a crawl space with mold that was never disclosed to us during the sale. Thanks for Mike Austin, we were able to get money from everyone involved in the transaction to clean the mold and make the crawl space. He was truly a life saver. The remedy cost about $11k and Mike assisted so that we didn’t have to pay a dime. Mike is absolutely reliable and looked out for our best interest.
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Posted by Rob | November 2, 2017
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Excellent Experience
I used Mike for my residential mortgage closing and he did an excellent job. Mike and his paralegals were very helpful throughout the process with open lines of communication the entire time. They made my first time home buying experience an easy one.
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  • Seton Hall University School of Law
  • JD
  • 2006
  • Penn State University
  • B.S.
  • 2002


  • New Jersey State Bar Association- Leadership Academy
  • Fellow
  • 2017 - Present
  • New Jersey Business and Industry Association
  • Young Professionals Network- Committee Leader
  • 2016 - 2016
  • New Jersey State Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division
  • Executive Committee Member
  • 2011 - 2017

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Bergen's Top Lawyers - Commercial Litigation
  • 201 Magazine
  • 2014
  • Bergen's Top Lawyers- Commercial Litigation
  • 201 Magazine
  • 2013
  • Bergen's Top Lawyers- Zoning, Planning and Land Use
  • 201 Magazine
  • 2013

Speaking Engagements

  • NJSBA Young Lawyers Symposium
  • Business Transactions for Young Attorneys
  • 2017
  • NJ State Bar Association Annual Conference
  • Depositions 101
  • 2016
  • Top Gun School for Subacute Nurses
  • Employment Law
  • 2015
  • Young Lawyers Symposium
  • Depositions
  • 2014
  • NJICLE Seminar
  • Privacy Law for Business Clients
  • 2014
  • Professional Development Seminar
  • Commercial Real Estate
  • 2013
  • RealSource Round Table Series
  • Residential Real Estate Contracts
  • 2012
  • Realsource Roundtable Series
  • Consumer Fraud for Realtors
  • 2011
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (3)
Endorse Michael
Litigation Attorney | Jun 30
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Mike was opposing counsel in a case I was involved in and I can tell you that he is a great litigator. I would certainly work with him anytime."
Litigation Attorney | May 26
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. Great organizational skills and excellent communication skills with clients. Very bright attorney."
Real estate Attorney | Aug 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is highly respected in the community."
Litigation Attorney | May 04
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Business Attorney | Apr 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I've known Mike personally and professionally for several years now, and throughout that time I've found him to be an incredibly competent lawyer, with a strong work ethic. Because Mike is also very personable, if I were a client I would feel comfortable working with him."
Litigation Attorney | Nov 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I had the opportunity to work with Michael as an attorney with Rubenstein Meyerson Fox Mancinelli Conte & Bern in Montvale, New Jersey. I consider Michael a mentor and a gifted lawyer. Whether it be a litigation matter, a real estate deal or a corporate transaction, Michael was always committed to making sure his clients obtained the best results possible."
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