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Michael E. Cirigliano

Criminal defense Attorney at Staten Island, NY

5.0   26 reviews
Virtual consultation available
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  • State Years
    New Jersey - NJ 7 years
    New York - NY 11 years
  • Licensed for 7 years
    State NJ
    Acquired 2016
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 11 years
    State NY
    Acquired 2012
    Status
    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.

FORMER PROSECUTOR NOW AGGRESSIVELY DEFENDING YOUR RIGHTS

Michael E. Cirigliano, began his legal career in 2011 at the Richmond County District Attorney’s Office. While working as a prosecutor, Michael developed his trial skills and learned the intricacies of criminal law and criminal procedure. During his tenure at the District Attorney’s Office, Mr. Cirigliano handled thousands of Driving While Intoxicated prosecutions among other offenses. Michael resigned from the DA’s Office in 2015 and formed his .

Michael now defends individuals charged with crimes ranging from driving while intoxicated and domestic violence to serious sex offenses and homicide. Mr. Cirigliano is a skilled litigator who is known around the legal community for his sharp intellect and effective advocacy.

Michael also represents businesses and individuals before administrative tribunals such as the City of New York Business Integrity Commission and the New York State Department of Labor. In these quasi-criminal proceedings, Michael uses his advocacy skills and knowledge of the law to ensure that his clients maintain their professional licenses and privileges.

Michael graduated summa cum laude from New York Law School where he was an editor on the Law Review. As an alumnus, he coaches the competitive mock trial team where he shares his knowledge and experience with law students. Michael is an active member of the Richmond County Bar Association, New York State Bar Association and the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Awards

Client's Choice 2017,2016,2015
Client's Choice
2017 2016 2015

Location

Michael E. Cirigliano, Attorney at Law, P.C.

Reviews

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Client's Choice 2017
Client's Choice
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Posted by Julian | March 7, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Winning strategy that really worked
I got arrested for aggravated DWI last June. I was convinced that I would forever have a criminal record looming over my head because of the incident. However, thanks to Mr. Cirigliano's strategy of submitting the proper motions to the court and waiting out the prosecution being prepared for trial, my sentence was reduced to a non-misdemeanor inebriated driving traffic violation. The fees and the time during which my license was to be suspended were significantly reduced and I do not have a criminal record today. It is important to hire a good attorney and I would say that Mr. Cirigliano's competency and professionalism make him worth every penny. I can now move on with my life, lesson learned, but not have to suffer all the implications that come with being convicted of a criminal offense thanks, in large part, to the competent legal assistance of Mr. Cirigliano.
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Posted by anonymous | February 15, 2018
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Highly recommend
I hired Michael in 2017 for a case out the Manhattan DA's office. Michael was extremely professional, punctual, and efficient. Michael worked hard to secure the deal that was right for me.
Posted by Daniel | April 18, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Sealed Records CPL 160.59
I had my initial consultation over the phone and followed up with a visit to his office. Michael reviewed all my documents I had in support of my request and thoroughly explained the process to me. Through out the time I retained him till the sealing of my record, Michael and I communicated via email and phone calls. His deportment was professional and made me feel I made the right choice in hiring him. I strongly encourage anyone who is looking to pursue CPL 160.59 please give Michael a call and I feel you will not be disappointed. Thank you Daniel
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Posted by Frank | May 31, 2018
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Great job. Highly skilled, a true professional.
When you get to a certain point in your life and career, you are able to immediately identify the really sharp people. I thought I was able to do that with Mike, but I was mistaken in my initial assessment....he ended up being even BETTER than I thought! A++! I would rate him 10 stars if this website would allow it. Absolutely driven to succeed, he left no stone unturned in our case as a very thorough professional. I highly recommend Mike to assist you with your legal needs. You will be glad you did.
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Posted by Vida | May 22, 2018
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Outstanding!
I was pulled over by the police shortly after leaving a restaurant and charged with DWI. A respected colleague gave me the name of a 'stand up guy' who delivered miracles. Mr. Cirigliano did just that for me.
Posted by Alan | August 13, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Outstanding counselor
This professional changed the outcome from an impossible DWI case to giving back this writer's life back. Although each case is different his professionalism and methods never waiver. Worth every penny I spent for his services. I hereby fully endorse this lawyer for any case. He is certainly the best defense you could possibly hire.
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Posted by Eddie | August 10, 2017
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Best lawyer i've had
Michael was a very good laywer. I was facing charges for a D.W.I, and Michael was able to clear me of everything and prevent them from taking my CDL license. If you ever get in trouble I highly recommend him. Thank you very much.
Posted by Nate | August 10, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Lawyer
Very happy with our choice to retain Michael, during our consultation (which he did at no cost) he took time and answered every question and make me feel very comfortable with his knowledge. I retained him, his court manners and overall professionalism really put me at ease during a daunting situation. I would recommend Michael to anyone without a second thought. While I hope to not need his services again in the future I know it would be handled in the best way and I know he's working for me and my best interest and outcome.
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Posted by John | July 17, 2017
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Very Professional and Reliable Attorney
Michael represented me last week. He was very professional and Knowledgeable Attorney. He made me feel extremely comfortable. Michael answered all my calls, questions, and emails promptly from beginning till the end of the process. Both Charges were Dropped! I highly recommend Michael Cirigliano for anyone who is in need of experienced and Reliable Attorney!
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Posted by anonymous | March 1, 2017
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Avvo client
I contacted Mr. Cirigliano regarding my case, he was attentive, efficient, and thorough in his work. My case appeared to be complicated but he adeptly explained the process and had both offenses dismissed. Could not be happier with services. Hopefully won't need him again, but if so, will definitely keep his number. Thank you Mr. Cirigliano.
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Posted by Rob | November 18, 2016
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A great lawyer in your corner
Michael Cirigliano recently defended me in a DWI case. Being arrested for the first time was an unpleasant experience to say the least but Michael made the process much easier to digest. He was professional in his approach and thorough in his work. He kept me updated every step of the way as he moved towards getting me a resolution to my case in a timely manner and to my satisfaction, which ultimately he did. The result was everything I could have hoped for, even though at first it seemed unattainable. I would highly recommend his services should you find yourself in the undesirable position I found myself in.
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Posted by John | October 12, 2016
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Highly recommend
Michael represented me in court and did a fantastic job. Highly professional, knowledgeable, well spoken, and respectful. Worth every dime and would refer to all ...
Posted by Paul C. | August 11, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Best decision I ever made
Choosing Mr. Cirigliano was the best decision hands down. I was facing Misdemeanor charges of D.W.I, Reckless Driving, Driving While Ability Impaired, Criminal Possession of a controlled substance in the 7th degree, and Criminal Possession of weapons in the 4th degree. Michael Is extremely professional, he always kept in contact with me, answering all my questions making me feel like family, He actually cares about his clients, He knows the law well, He is exceptional at what he does. Mr. Cirigliano, had all my misdemeanor charges dropped to just a simple traffic infraction, Thanks to Michael, I have no criminal record. Do not hesitate any longer. Michael Cirigliano is without a doubt the best decision you'll ever make.
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Posted by Andrew | July 7, 2016
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Remarkable
Michael was a very accessable lawyer. Thurough, empathetic, and intellegent he discusses all options with his clients at length during each stage of the legal process. Most importantly, Michael helped me win and get my life back on track. Michael was able to break every option down into terms i was able to understand. I would recommend Michael to anyone that finds themself in need of legal help.
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Posted by Ryan | June 29, 2016
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Knowing your opponent
Knowing your opposition is key to the success in not only the world of attorneys but life in general. Michael took control of my case and, apart from making me feel extremely comfortable, understood the opposing side of the case better then the prosecution. Michael was genuine, honest, and knowledgeable about the entire process. I would absolutely recommend Michael and will seek his services again in the event I ever need.
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Posted by Steven | June 18, 2016
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Knowledgable, trustworthy, professional and personable
I was recently represented my Michael E. Cirigliano and I couldn't have been more pleased with my decision. He was knowledgable, trustworthy, professional and personable. Dealing with judges and lawyers is usually a very nerve-racking experience but Michael made it a comfortable and stress free situation. I knew that I was in good hands with Michael on my side fighting for me. Highly Recommend!
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Posted by David DeStefano | June 6, 2016
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Excellent representation/Case dismissed
Michael orchestrated a perfect strategy for my defense and executed it flawlessly over the 18 month span of my case. He carefully learned the facts of my situation and tailored a defense that would give us the best chance. At the last court appearance, the judge dismissed the case completely. I couldn't be any happier and highly recommend Michael to anyone looking for a defense lawyer.
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Posted by Theresa | February 19, 2016
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Excellent attorney!
Mr. Michael Cirigliano represented me for a court case recently and I would highly recommend him for his professionalism and his courteous demeanor. Very knowledgeable and very prepared for my court case. I would highly recommend Mr. Cirigliano to everyone I know.
Posted by Charles | January 12, 2016
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*USE THE BEST LAWYER - FOR THE BEST OUTCOME
I engaged the services of Attorney Michael Cirigliano to represent my son in a case that involved the possession of marajuana and a controlled substance. Michael handled the case to our complete satisfaction. We only had to make one court appearance. The result was that the charges were reduced to a disorderly conduct charge and two days of community service and a small fine. Most importantly, my son does not have any criminal record. Thank-you Michael.
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Posted by Steven | October 14, 2015
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Great firm - Excellent outcome
Michael Cirigliano and his partner, Mike Rosas were a great choice. Their firm was referred by another lawyer who was friends with my brother. Instead of taking the case, that lawyer thought I would be better represented by Mr. Cirigliano. I was very lucky I took his advice. My conviction was dropped down to a violation, which was not easy due to a prior offense. Both lawyers had prior appointments in the District attorney's office and knew their way around. They kept me informed of all the possibilities, but in the end came through with the best outcome I could hope for. I highly recommend his firm and wish them the best.
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Cost

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  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Michael E. Cirigliano, Attorney at Law, P.C.
  • 2022 - Present
  • Partner
  • Rosas and Cirigliano
  • 2015 - 2022
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Office of the Richmond County District Attorney
  • 2011 - 2015
  • Judicial Intern
  • Magistrate Judge Joan Azrack, Eastern District of New York
  • 2010 - 2010
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Education

  • New York Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2011
  • Iona College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2008

Associations

  • Richmond County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top 40 Under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorney's
  • America's Top 100 Attorneys
  • 2018
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2016
  • 10 Best Under 40
  • American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys
  • 2016
  • 10 Best Under 40
  • American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys
  • 2015
  • Deans List, High Honors
  • New York Law School
  • 2011
  • Summa Cum Laude
  • New York Law School
  • 2011
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Attorney endorsements

Received (18)
Given (26)
Endorse Michael
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael is the consummate professional. I’ve known him for over 7 years and have seen his dedication, skill and hard work first hand. I would recommend him to anyone in need of legal assistance."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 27
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Mike is one of the best trial lawyers I have seen. I have observed him during trial, and he is great before the jury. His clients receive great representation when retaining him."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Sep 17
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Michael is an aggressive and compassionate advocate for his clients. He understands the complicated nuances of DUI defense and is able to focus in on the relevant legal issues and facts to get the best possible results for his clients."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Apr 19
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Mike Cirigliano is an expert in DWI defense, among other areas. He is highly knowledgeable in the field of DWI science and testing and is able to vigorously attack the prosecution's case. Because of this, Mike is able to secure excellent outcomes for his clients. I highly recommend this attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael is a well respected and talented lawyer who knows how to win cases. As a former prosecutor, he knows the police and District Attorneys and has the experience required to handle complex or difficult cases, whether it is a trial, or a plea negotiation. I highly recommend him to anyone looking for a lawyer they can trust, as that is the most important element in choosing a criminal attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael is a professional and an excellent attorney. I would not hesitate to recommend his services to a client."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 16
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Cirigliano has been my go to Criminal Attorney when I need assistance and to refer clients. He is knowledgable is always trial ready and cares about his clients. Every client I have referred has been very satisfied."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 14
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mike is an outstanding lawyer. We tried a case together earlier this year and won a complete acquittal. He gets terrific results, is extremely smart, works hard for his clients and gets the best possible results. I highly recommend him."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Hardworking, professional. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 11
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. Excellent and highly respected attorney."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 15
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 15
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
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Staten Island Criminal defense Lawyer Michael E. Cirigliano
Michael E. Cirigliano
Criminal defense Attorney
Staten Island, NY
Licensed for 11 years
Virtual consultation available