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Michael Edgar Vitaliano

Criminal defense Attorney at Staten Island, NY

5.0   6 reviews
Free consultation Virtual consultation available
Free consultation Virtual consultation available
  • Licensed for 8 years
    State NY
    Acquired 2016
    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
    White collar cases to homicide prosecutions. Assaults. DUI/DWI/ Domestic Violence. RICO. Sex Crime. Firearms. Narcotics.

  2. DUI and DWI

  3. Violent crime

  4. White collar crime

  5. Domestic violence

  6. Federal crime

  7. Sex crime


An accomplished legal advocate, Michael E. Vitaliano is the founder and principal of The Vitaliano Law Firm, based in New York City. Mr. Vitaliano is a leading criminal defense lawyer and experienced advocate in handling all criminal matters in state and federal court.

Mr. Vitaliano is a former New York City prosecutor with extensive experience in homicide, narcotics trafficking, illegal firearms, burglary, robbery, DWI, sex offenses, and financial crimes. He is known for his passion and dedication to all his clients as demonstrated by his pursuit of investigations, vigorous plea negotiations, his attention to detail, trial preparation, and his effective trial management.

Born on Staten Island, his roots run deep there. His father, Eric, represented Staten Island in the New York State Assembly for two decades and now serves as a United States District Judge. His mother, Helen, is a distinguished businesswoman and the Chairperson of the Board of Directors of a major Staten Island charitable organization. Mr. Vitaliano is a graduate of Msgr. Farrell High School, he continued his education at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia and was awarded his B. A., earning honors in Criminal Justice, his major field of study. He received his J.D. from Brooklyn Law School.

After he graduated from Brooklyn Law School, Mr. Vitaliano was appointed as an Assistant District Attorney where he successfully prosecuted complex and high-profile cases. This experience provided the foundation that has made Mr. Vitaliano a standout in the criminal defense field.

Upon leaving the District Attorney’s office, Mr. Vitaliano worked as an associate in one of the most prestigious criminal defense law firms in New York State. With a reputation for persistence, Mr. Vitaliano quickly distinguished himself as an effective and successful advocate for his clients, earning him the prestigious recognition as one of “New York’s Top 40 Under 40 Criminal Defense Lawyers” by The National Trial Lawyers’ Association.

Mr. Vitaliano has brought that knowledge, experience and expertise to The Vitaliano Law Firm, where he continues to provide savvy and high-quality representation to his firm’s clients. Mr. Vitaliano is committed to using all his talents and skills to win the most favorable outcome possible for each and every client.

Mr. Vitaliano is a member of the New York State bar has earned admission to the bar of the United State District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York. He is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Federal Bar Association, the New York City Criminal Bar Association, and the Richmond County Bar Association.


The Vitaliano Law Firm, PLLC
1492 Victory Blvd
Staten Island, NY, 10301


5.0 / 5.0
  6 customer reviews
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Posted by Roma | January 20, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great lawyer!
I can't even begin to express how lucky I feel to have worked with such an incredible criminal attorney like Mike Vitaliano. Right from the get-go, Mike had my back, and he proved to be a rockstar throughout the entire process. Mike was there for me every step of the way, and I mean every step. It didn't matter if it was day or night; he was there to answer my questions, address my concerns, and provide the guidance and reassurance I so desperately needed during this challenging time in my life. What impressed me the most about Mike was his professionalism. He really knows the ins and outs of the legal system, and that knowledge was not only impressive but also incredibly reassuring. I felt like he was constantly ahead of the game, planning and strategizing to ensure the best possible outcome for my case. And let me tell you, Mike worked some serious magic. He took my initial felony charge and managed to get it down to a simple violation. That's no small feat, and it was a huge weight off my shoulders. His negotiation skills and dedication to my case were nothing short of amazing. I can't recommend Mike enough. He's not just a lawyer; he's a game-changer for anyone going through legal trouble. He's got the legal expertise, the heart, and the dedication you want in an attorney. If you're in need of someone who will fight for your rights and your future while treating you like a friend, Mike is your guy. He's the best in the business, and I'm forever grateful for everything he's done for me.
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Posted by Patrice | June 18, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney
He is an excellent attorney who is knowledgeable in the specifics of your case and shows total dedication to everything about it. He answers all communications immediately and shows 100% support throughout. He went over and above to support me at a difficult time. I highly recommend him to everyone
Posted by CD | October 18, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent Attorney
Mr. Vitaliano is highly knowledgable and caring. He communicates directly with the client, and is highly respected in the legal community.
Posted by anonymous | September 20, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Awesome attorney
Answered all my questions immediately over the phone & in person he reassured my confidence levels in myself at a very low point in my life.
Posted by anonymous | September 15, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
The Best Lawyer
Mr. Vitaliano was the best lawyer! He was comforting, informative, and professional. He answered any and all questions or uncertainties that I had. It was an honor having him by my side!
Posted by anonymous | September 15, 2020
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| Consulted Attorney
Good guy
He took time out of his day to promptly return my call and LISTENED!!! then informed me of the type of lawyer I need.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.1 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Richmond County District Attorney's Office
  • 2016 - 2019
  • Student Assistant District Attorney
  • Kings County District Attorney's Office
  • 2015 - 2015
  • Judicial Law Clerk
  • Kings County District Attorney's Office
  • 2013 - 2014


  • Brooklyn Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2015
  • Saint Joseph's University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2012

Sample of Legal Cases

  • People v. C.D.
  • Case dismissed.
  • People v. M.A.
  • Dismissed


  • New York State Bar Association
  • 2021 - Present
  • New York State Association of Criminal Defense Law
  • 2020 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 2020 - Present
  • Richmond County Bar Association
  • 2020 - Present
  • New York Criminal Bar Association
  • 2020 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top 40 Under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2020

Attorney endorsements

Received (2)
Given (3)
Endorse Michael
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Vitaliano is well-versed in criminal law and highly responsive to the clients needs."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 28
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Michael Vitaliano is a dedicated, hard-working, and extremely knowledgable attorney. I've personally observed how thoroughly he prepares his cases and have always been impressed at his advocacy in court. He is well-respected by the judiciary and his colleagues alike. I recommend him without reservation."
Criminal defense
Criminal defense
Staten Island Criminal defense Lawyer Michael Edgar Vitaliano
Michael Edgar Vitaliano
Criminal defense Attorney
Staten Island, NY
Licensed for 8 years
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