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Michael Fineman

Criminal defense Attorney at New York, NY

5.0   5 reviews
  • Licensed for 21 years
    State NY
    Acquired 2002
    Currently Registered No misconduct found

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

About Michael

Learn Michael’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    Peer rated by Martindale-Hubbell

    19 years

  2. DUI and DWI
    Top 10 rated by AIDUIA

    19 years

Mr. Fineman is a New York City criminal defense attorney with over a decade of experience. After graduating from St. John’s University School of Law, Mr. Fineman started his legal career at the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office as an assistant district attorney whose responsibilities included handling all types of criminal cases ranging from simple shoplifting cases, to domestic violence cases, all the way to participating in the prosecution of attempted murder and homicide cases. 

As a criminal defense attorney, Mr. Fineman has handled the gamete of criminal cases and has successfully fought for acquittals and dismissals in cases that included murder, conspiracy to commit murder, human trafficking, Narcotics, gun possession, and DWI’s. Mr. Fineman has appeared for clients in the Courts of the State of New York, as well as the Federal Courts for the Eastern, Southern, and Northern Districts of New York, as well as the District of New Jersey.

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Law Office of Michael Fineman
225 broadway, Suite 3010
New York, NY, 10007

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Posted by Josh | April 24, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Michael i wonderful, professional and genuine.
I retained Michael after sitting in his office for 1.5 hours as he explained the law to me, my case and the hopeful outcome. He genuinely wanted to help me whether I hired him or not. That is the main reason I trusted him. He is honest and caring. He fought for me for over a year. I became discouraged at a few points and his confidence kept my head up. My misdemenaor case was dismissed and sealed just like he said it would be. I can't thank Mr. Fineman enough and I highly recommend him.
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Posted by Rob | January 14, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
He is a lawyer you want on your side
Without Mr. Fineman’s legal counsel and incredible kindness and patience, I’m not sure how things would have turned out. He was able to get my misdemeanor charge reduced and sealed - I am eternally grateful to him for his work.
Posted by John | March 6, 2015
Case dismissed and sealed....
If you've ever been arrested and charged with a crime (several misdemeanors in my case) those are the exact words you want to hear from the judge as the gavel falls and you no longer have to return to 100 Centre St. Those were the exact words I heard at my last court appearance! I am a professional person who was accused of several misdemeanors in connection with a dispute with a local restaurant. A conviction of any kind would have meant a lifetime of limited options .... Career wise and financially. I would always have to explain that away, if I could. I retained Michael because I found him trustworthy, knowledgeable, capable and willing to fight for the best outcome for his client. I had never been arrested or accused of a crime in my life. When I saw Michael he took more than an hour to explain the law and my case without yet being retained. I instantly had a level of comfort, knowing I would be expertly represented. I was offered a plea deal (which I likely would have accepted) but Michael urged me to fight on to get a better result. Several court appearances later and the charges against me were dropped. Case dismissed and sealed. Michael's a true master of his profession; responsive, prompt, and an expert in the law. He'll fight for you better than anyone ... Like he'd fight for himself,
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Posted by Katerina Di Iorio | February 26, 2015
Amazing Lawyer
Mr. Fineman is a great lawyer; he is very personable, knowledgeable, and obtainable. He has helped me with numerous cases each time ending in success. I strongly urge anyone with legal issues to attain him.
Posted by anonymous | February 25, 2015
Best Attorney!
I appreciate the professional and caring job that Mr. Michael Fineman had done for my son. He is a knowledgeable and professional attorney. He did not mind going extra mile when we needed him at most, was responsive and most important I have my son with me!


  • Hourly Rates $ 300-600 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Member
  • Law Office of Michael Fineman, Esq.
  • 2005 - Present
  • Hearing Officer
  • Office Of Administrative Trials and Hearings
  • 2015 - 2015
  • Associate
  • Wilson Elser Edelman & Dicker
  • 2004 - 2005
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Kings County (Brooklyn) District Attorney
  • 2001 - 2004
  • Internship
  • Law Dept. Juvenile Prosecutions
  • 2000 - 2000
  • Honors Internship
  • New York Capital Defender's Office
  • 1998 - 1998
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  • St John's University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2001
  • St John's University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1998

Sample of Legal Cases

  • USA v. Al Kassab
  • Time Severed Sentence
  • Representative Cases Sada v. Kohl's Dept. Stores, Inc. 26 Misc.3d 1207(A), Slip Copy, 2010 WL 46862 (Table)
  • Settled
  • People v Mendez 2007 NY Slip Op 50975(U) [15 Misc 3d 1134(A)]
  • Dismissed


  • Kings County Criminal Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • National College of DUI Defense
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Association of the Bar of the City of New York
  • Member
  • 2006 - 2011
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Languages Spoken

  • Russian
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • 10 Best DWI Attorneys in New York in Client Saticfaction
  • American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys
  • 2015
  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • Membership, St. John's University
  • Alpha Phi Sigma, National Criminal Justice Honor Society
  • 1998
  • Membership, St. John's University
  • Golden Key National Honor Society
  • 1998
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Attorney endorsements

Received (17)
Given (11)
Endorse Michael
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Michael is a knowledgeable and effective advocate for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Michael Fineman works hard for his clients, and gets great results. He really cares for his clients, and it shows in the passionate way that he advocates for them. If he is your lawyer, you are certainly in good hands."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Michael Fineman has an exceptional reputation and is a credit to the legal community. If you have a criminal defense law problem, he is your answer. If his office is anywhere near you, I recommend him to you."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael is an excellent attorney committed to providing the highest quality representation to clients. I endorse this attorney without reservation."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Fineman is one of New York's most highly regarded defense attorneys."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Fineman displays genuine concern in every question he answers on Avvo. Attorney Fineman's answers reflect a solid understanding of the law and a quick grasp of the applicable law in every situation. He also gives practical solutions. I endorse this lawyer for criminal defense matters."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael is well respected in the legal community and is a strong advocate for his clients."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Fineman is an outstanding attorney that goes the extra mile for his clients. Top notch lawyer!! Highly recommended!!!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael has a well deserved reputation in the legal community and is a strong advocate for his clients."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Very knowledgeable attorney, dedicated to his clients' success"
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 13
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael is an exceptional criminal defense attorney whose reputation speaks for itself. He is highly regarded in his field."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mike Fineman was an excellent Assistant District Attorney and an even better Criminal Defense Attorney. He is a lawyer that will fight for your rights and he has the experience to take your case all the way to trial..."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Michael for many years. He has always proven himself to be a very competent and caring criminal defense attorney. He is my go to guy when someone is in need of a criminal defense attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had the pleasure of knowing Mr. Fineman for well over a decade. During that time he has displayed a tremendous legal acumen, and I would proudly endorse him and his work."
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