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Oscar Michelen

About me

Welcome to my profile. As an experienced litigator, I have guided numerous individuals and corporations through the legal system. Having handled many high-profile, high-stakes litigation matters, I bring a level of expertise and attention to detail to every case in which I am involved. Being involved in a court case is a stressful situation for clients and I work to ease that stress by providing the confidence that the matter will be handled diligently, discretely and professionally.


An experienced litigatior, I am also an adjunct professor of law at New York Law School, where I have taught since 2001.  I also serve on a number of non-profit boards and am the founder of The Law Squad, a speakers' programs that brings  judges, police officers and attorneys to high schools to discuss new laws and trends in the justice system that affect teens and their parents. I am also the host of "The Law Squad" TV program, which airs on Long Island Public Television. I am the managing partner of my firm which is a litigation boutique.  We pride ourselves on providing big firm results, ability and experience in a small firm setting. We have litigated successfully against many of the largest firms in the country and on some of the most noteworthy and high profile cases in our area. The firm was established in 1977 and enjoys an "AV" rating - the highest possible rating from Martindale-Hubbbell, the oldest lawyer rating service in the country.  We have always provided a free initial consultation and personalized attention.       


On a personal note, I was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and am fluent in Spanish. I now reside on Long Island with my wife and three sons.


Languages spoken: Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Commercial Real Estate: 45%
    30 years
  2. Intellectual Property: 30%
    23 years
  3. Entertainment: 15%
    28 years
  4. Personal Injury: 5%
    30 years
  5. Criminal Defense: 5%
    28 years



Hourly ($400-500/hour), contingent (25-33%), Free consultation (15 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Joel Benjamin Rothman

    Oscar is a brilliant, dedicated, and caring attorney.


    Joel Rothman Intellectual property Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • John M. DeProspo

    Attorney Michelen is a dedicated, highly-skilled lawyer well-respected within the legal community. I fully endorse him.


    John DeProspo Personal injury Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Cuomo LLC

9 East 38th Street
Third Floor
New York, NY, 10016-0003

Cuomo LLC

200 Old Country Road
Suite 2 South
Mineola, NY, 11501-4235



NYCurrently registered 198607/11/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Access to Justice ChampionNassau County Bar Association2013
Top Viewed Legal QuestionsAvvo2008
Inclusion in Bar Register of Pre-Eminent AttorneysMartindale-Hubbell2006
Whos' Who in American LawMarquis Who's Who1998
Research EditorNew York Law School Law Review1984
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing Attorney - Long Island OfficeCuomo LLC2010 - Present
Adjunct Professor of LawNew York Law School2005 - Present
PartnerSandback, Birnbaum & Michelen1990 - 2010
Senior Trial SpecialistCorporation Counsel of The City of New York1985 - 1990
Association namePosition nameDuration
New York State Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2013 - Present
Criminal Courts Bar Association of Nassau CountyMember2008 - Present
Alianza DomincanaGeneral Counsel2008 - Present
Dominican Bar AssociationMember2007 - Present
East-Williston Roslyn Coalition for Drug Free YouthLegal Counsel2007 - Present
Dominican-American National RoundtableMember2006 - Present
Herricks Youth CouncilLegal Counsel2005 - Present
Archangel Michael Orthodox ChurchGeneral Counsel2004 - Present
Nassau County Bar AssociationMember1993 - Present
New York State Trial Lawyers AssociationMember1990 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
KDR RestaurantsCase settled in client's favor
Marshall v. 426-426 41st Street AssociatesSettled for $2.3 Million
Matter of VinluanSuccessfully obtained a writ of prohibition
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Publication nameTitleDate
Atticus (NYSACDL)The Exoneration of David McCallum2015
New York Law JournalMan Walks Free After 29 Years2014
New York Law JournalInmate Cannot Clear His Name Without Evidence of Guilty Party2013
NBC NewsQuestions Linger About 1985 Murder Conviction2013
Atticus (NYSACDL)Puppy Love: Dogs Help Child Victims Testify in Court2013
New York Law JournalNurses Civil Rights Case Moves Forward2011
NY Daily NewsGovernor's Aide Subpoenaed2010
New York Law JournalLawyer Cannot Be Prosecuted for Giving Legal Advice2009
Los Angeles TimesControlling illegal use of copyrighted material on the Web2009
NY Daily NewsShyne to be Released2009
The Attorney of Nassau CountyNassau's Arraignment Practices Need to Change2008
New York Law JournalThe Unjust Conviction Act2005
Nassau LawyerDefense of A Passenger in A Stolen Car2002
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
New York Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1985
State University of New York at BuffaloN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1982
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Meeting of the Kings County Criminal Bar AssociationThe Conviction Review Unit2015
Writer's WorkshopWriters' Contracts2014
The David McCallum CaseWrongful Conviction2014
Rough JusticeMedia and Prisons2014
Open Line Talk ShowWrongful Convictions2014
Domestic Violence Committee -Revenge Porn panelRevenge Porn2014
Monthly Meeting of Webtrepreneurs AssociationCopyright vs. Trademark2013
Symposium for First Year StudentsWriting and the Law2012
New York Law School Media Entertainment and Fashion Law AssociationFashion Law Panel2011
Nassau County Bar AssociationSocial Host Law2011
Manhasset Town Hall MeetingSocial Host Law2011
Law Squad PresentationLegal Consequences of Drinking in the Home2011
Student SymposiumCrime & Punishment2010
Parent ForumProtecting Your Teenager2010
Monthly Meeting of WebtrepreneursBasics of Intellectual Property2010
Catch 22? The case of Matter of VinluanSymposium on a Groundbreaking Case in Employment and Constitutional Law2009
Parent ForumThe Social Host Law2008
Nassau County Legislative SessionThe Constitutionality of the Heroin Notification Law2008
Host of "The Law Squad" Television ProgramVarious Topics, including DWI, Internet Crime, Civil Liability2008
Forum on Teen Prescription Drug AbuseTeen Prescription Drug Abuse2008
Red Ribbon Awareness WeekParenting Under the New Social Host Law2007