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The Koplen Law Firm is a leading New York State law firm with offices in New York City, at 100 Park Avenue, and in the Hudson Valley area, 14 S. Main Street, New City, across from the New York State Supremehas e Court. 

The Koplen Law Firm is one of the leading bankruptcy law firms in New York State, and the predominant bankruptcy law firm in the Hudson River Valley. 

 The Koplen Law Firm practices in all State and Federal Courts and in addition to its bankruptcy practice, represents clients in criminal proceedings, including DWI, and Family Law, including divorce and child custody proceedings. 

Founder Michael A. Koplen is a highly respected attorney, a former member of the Legislature, Deputy Mayor, Civil Court Arbitrator, author, speaker, and professor of  law.  He is the founder and President of the Washington Online Learning Institute, a nationally recognized and highly accredited paralegal college.


Languages spoken: Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Chapter 7: 35%
    35 years, 5 thousand cases
  2. Chapter 13: 35%
    35 years, 5 thousand cases
  3. Foreclosure: 30%
    35 years, 2.5 thousand cases



Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes), Free consultation (60 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

5 total 

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  • James J. Sexton

    I endorse this lawyer. Michael is a smart and tough negotiator and courtroom lawyer. He served as opposing counsel on a challenging custody case against me in 2012 and demonstrated a very high level of skill and a solid knowledge of the law. He is ethical, intelligent and tenacious as an adversary but always courteous. I would recommend him to anyone seeking a skilled attorney.


    James Sexton Divorce and separation Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

  • Kevin M Black

    I endorse this lawyer. Michael is committed to providing his client's with the best service possible.


    Kevin Black Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

14 South Main Street
Suites 4 and 5
New City, NY, 10956

Koplen Law Firm

14 South Main Street
Suites 4 and 5
New City, NY, 10956

Koplen Law Firm

14 South Main Street
Suites 4 and 5
New City, NY, 10956



NYCurrently registered 198203/07/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Preeminent 5.0 out of 5Martindale-Hubbell2012
Preeminent 5.0 out of 5Martindale-Hubbell2011
Preeminent 5.0 out of 5Martindale-Hubbell2010
Distinguished Citizen AwardCongress of the United States1997
Citizen of the YearTown of Ramapo1997
Community Service AwardBikur Cholim of Rockland County1997
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Professor of LawJustice John Marshall School of Legal Studies2001 - Present
DirectorWashington Online Learning Institute1999 - Present
Senior AttorneyKoplen Law Firm2001 - 2011
LegislatorRockland County Legislature1994 - 1998
ProfessorRockland Community College1987 - 2004
Associate AttorneyHawkins Delafield & Wood, LLP1981 - 1985
Association namePosition nameDuration
Village of New HempsteadDeputy Mayor, Trustee2002 - Present
American Academy of Appellate LawyersMember2001 - Present
National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy AttorneysSenior Member2000 - Present
Washington Online Learning InstitutePresident and Director1999 - Present
National Association of Bankruptcy TrusteesSenior Counsel1999 - Present
County of RocklandAssistant County Attorney1997 - Present
Rockland County LegislatureLegislator1993 - Present
National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy AttorneysSenior Member1993 - Present
Trial Attorneys of AmericaMember1990 - Present
Rockland County Bar AssociationMember1990 - Present
Rockland County Bar AssociationMember1990 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1987 - Present
New York State Bar AssociationMember1987 - Present
Rockland County Bar AssociationMember1987 - Present
Civil Court of the City of New YorkAdjudicator1986 - Present
New York State Bar AssociationMember1982 - Present
New York State Bar AssociationMember1981 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
In re: John and Jane Doe (names redacted)total success
In re (Name Redacted)Motion granted, mortgage lien stripped.
Deutsch v Dress BarnJury verdict for Plaintiff, represented by Michael A .Koplen
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Publication nameTitleDate
Rider MagazineMt. Rushmore; Native American vs US Government ; Supreme Court to International Tribunal2013
Rider MagazineCatskill Mountain Reservoirs2012
National Law GuildChapter 7 vs. Chapter 13; How to Determine the Best Choice for Your Client2009
New York City Bar AssociationImplementing the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005: An Overview for Attorneys, and Law Clerks2007
University of Virginia Law DivisionBankruptcy and Related Law2005
New York Law ForumBankruptcy and Debtor/Creditor: Examples & Explanations.2003
Bank and Lender Liability JournalStripping the Lien: Reclassifying Mortgages in Chapter 13; A Way Forward?2002
Real Estate WeeklyUnderstanding the Indenture Agreement: Industrial Development Bond Financing in New York1997
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Hofstra University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1981
University of VirginiaN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1975
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Pace University Law ForumBankruptcy: chapter 7 vs chapter 13; federal vs state exemptions2011
WLIR RadioLooking at the Law (weekly radio show)1993