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Oscar Michelen

Litigation Attorney at New York, NY

4.8   16 reviews

Licensed for 36 years

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About Oscar

Learn Oscar’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Litigation
    Represent both new and established businesses as well as individuals in litigation in Federal and State courts. We have litigated matters involving breach of contract; theft of proprietary information; theft of intellectual property; cybersquatting and governmental disputes.

    37 years

  2. Intellectual property
    I am have acted as counsel in lawsuits over trademark and copyright infringement; cybersquatting and internet defamation. This type of conduct can only be addressed by quick, aggressive litigation resulting in damages and "cease and desist" orders. We are also taking the lead on one of the most prominent copyright issues today - Getty Images' settlement demand program. See my website on the subject:

    30 years

  3. Entertainment
    Represent new and established artists, producers and promoters in litigtation and transactions. Have secured deals for new artists with major labels and help set up and advise new entertainment companies. Worked with established producers and promoters to siggn new artists and defend litigation.

    35 years

  4. Civil rights
    I have represented numerous individuals who have had their civil rights violated by municipalities. Over the past twelve years, I have exonerated six men in five separate cases. Each of them was convicted of a murder they didn't commit.

    19 years


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.

Photos and videos

This is a clip from the upcoming independent film "Reasonable Doubt" highlighting a case I am working on with Dr. Rubin "Hurricane" Carter.  We are trying to prove the innocence of a young man who has served over twenty years for a murder he didn't commit
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Licensed for 36 years
State NY
Status Currently Registered
Acquired 1986
Updated 11/17/2022
State NJ
Status Administrative - Not authorized to practice
Acquired 1986
Updated 11/06/2022

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

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Cuomo LLC
535 5th Avenue
25th Floor
New York, NY, 10017
Cuomo LLC
200 Old Country Road
Suite 2 South
Mineola, NY, 11501-4235
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4.8 / 5.0
  16 customer reviews
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Posted by anonymous | December 30, 2008
Excellent Legal Advise
Oscar Michelen is a fine lawyer and human being. He took on my case and worked to achieve results that I did not believe possible. He fully understood all the issues at stake and worked on my behalf to secure both a financial and moral settlement. I was impressed by his forthright approach and sincerity. My father had been an attorney and I am fairly well versed in the workings of the law and lawyers. Oscar is a cut above most. Professional ,yet compassionate. I highly recommend him.!! Thank you Oscar.
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Posted by anonymous | September 14, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great service!!
Mr. Michelen helped my company to clarify the legal issues in regards with the competition we are running. With his professional advise we feel save and ready to proceed with my our endeavor.
Posted by Jeffrey | September 14, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Best attorney for defense of infringement of intellectual property
I accidently used a photo on a website and was contacted by a trolling extorting company. He consulted with me and comforted me regarding this situation. From my research on the internet he had the most experience with what to do when presented with the threat of a lawsuit from this company. He gave me the best options on how to move forward. I was very satisfied with his lengthy explanation and was able to make the best choice possible. He was very knowledgeable with great detail and understanding. I would always recommend him and use him again if necessary.
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Posted by anonymous | August 1, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
An excellent attorney
Oscar has been an amazing advocate who has repeatedly helped my through professional responsibility issues and guided me in the right direction each time. He cares, is knowledgeable, and has the bedside manner necessary to work creatively through a situation. I can’t recommend him enough.
Posted by Brian | July 31, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
First Lawsuit Experience - Oscar Took Care of it Right....
Last year I was contact by a local attorney on the prowl for image copyright infringement. He had come across an image that we had used, in error, in the development of a test website. We tried to make restitution for the infringement as it was an error and there was ZERO traffic to the page. None the less, we were threatened to pay a $9,000 fee. We enlisted Oscar because of his expertise in representing copyright infringement defendants around the country. Oscar handled things completely taking over all direct communication with the plantiff attorney...and negotiating the final settlement amount - roughly half the asking price. We won't make that mistake again - but I'm thankful that Oscar handled the litigation for us. I would highly recommend Oscar - he was forthright, professional and reasonable in his fees.
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Posted by anonymous | July 27, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Revenge Porn Cease and Desist SUCCESS
I was the victim of someone stealing my pictures off of a private computer and she threatened to post them all over social media and send them to my work to "ruin" me. He was by far the most attentive and communicative person I spoke to and he was able to get the Cease and Desist in the process server's hands that very day. He was formidable yet professional and we got the affidavit signed and returned in less than a week. I hope that I don't have to deal with many legal matters again in my life but if I do.... I would go back to Oscar Michelen without question.
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Posted by anonymous | August 2, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Protect justice against powerful devils
Besides the attorney of a physicist and father of a mathematician. Protected justice against influential individuals and powerful agencies.
Response from Oscar Michelen August 2, 2017
Thank you for the review and I very glad that we established your innocence and got the case completely dismissed. I hope and expect that you will continue to engage in your research and provide valuable data and analysis both here in the US and in your home country
Posted by Sani F. | January 28, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Extremely helpful
I contacted Mr. Michelen regarding a copyright case and he spent 20 minutes on the phone with me, explaining in detail the opposing counsel/clients because he had intimate knowledge of their unethical (my words, not Oscar's) practices. He was very reassuring that I had little to worry about and helped me come up with a plan of action to move forward. I can't recommend Oscar enough. Thank you!
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Posted by Derivative Work | May 4, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Contract Problems & Intellectual Property
Mr. Oscar Michelen helped my church a great deal with our copyright problems. We have much material that had been translated and so we worried about the ownership of the intellectual property. Mr. Oscar Michelen answered all of our questions, and because of his experience and his practical help—after much deliberation, research, and investigation of New York copyright lawyers—we decided out of all the copyright lawyers in New York to go with him. He patiently educated us and gave us real assistance on our issues, and most importantly helped us out on all of our worries on the copyright related problems (there are many). The church offering is extremely precious and so we demand good value. Mr. Michelen gave us exactly that. He fixed up our contracts and he helped in safeguarding our church. We endorse Mr. Michelen. Thank God!
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Posted by Lorin | March 11, 2013
Oscar Michelen is without peers in his exceptional ability to win a breach of contract case.
I would not have won my breach of contract case without Mr. Michelen. I would like to state that I was suing in small claims court in a state that does not permit legal counsel in court. Mr. Michelen had spent 30 minutes of his time offering legal counsel to me for free. Or as a loss leader as he put it, lol. He had helped me shape my case concisely and emphasize points I had not considered prior to speaking with him. Mr. Michelen's points were the deciding factors of the case. I won the maximum judgement.
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Posted by anonymous | March 5, 2010
Extremely satisfied!
Mr. Michelen is very well informed and handled our issue very professionally. He was able to use his knowledge and experience to navigate the system for us and promptly negotiate a resolution. We would definitely recommend him.
Posted by anonymous | December 17, 2008
Reasonable Rates, Exceptional Results
My experience with attorney Oscar Michelen was very good. He was very prompt and aggressive with my case. After just one letter from Mr. Michelen, the opposing party agreed to drop their claim.
Posted by anonymous | September 26, 2008
Client Review
Ambitious, hardworking and extremely respectful of EVERYONE, regardless of their status.
Posted by anonymous | September 13, 2008
Experienced and Trustworthy
Oscar has been an invaluable asset in dealing with my case. I know that he has only my best interests in mind and I would trust him with any legal issue I had to deal with in the future.
Posted by MatthewC | July 16, 2008
Intelligent and Experienced NY Attorney with a Keen Courtroom Sense
I could never have imagined I would find an attorney on the Internet I could both respect and actually like. I was pleasantly surprised that I found an attorney that understood my case, my position, and the company I am dealing with. It turns out that Oscar is well-read on the Internet and makes it his business to be "in-the-know" in his area of specialty. I make it a policy to check out on the Internet everyone I am looking to work with. I was pleasantly surprised that Oscar has been involved with many high-profile cases and has often represented the "underdog". He appears to have risen to prominence over the years based on the quality of work he has done and the types of cases he takes on. In my consultation with Oscar, I found him easy to talk to and very sharp to pick up the salient points of the case. I have consulted with many attorneys over the years. I am sorry to say that I found many "textbook smart" but not courtroom smart. It was easy to pick up from Oscar that he knows his way around not just a courtroom but appears to comfortably navigate the legal system also. What I find personally appealing about Oscar is the way he carries himself. Without a doubt he is intelligent, experienced, and assertive and yet, I never felt he was egotistical, boastful, or condescending. He breaks the stereotype of what a "typical attorney" is. My working relationship with Oscar is not at an end yet. However, if he were to suddenly quit my case, I would have still been better off for having consulted with him then not. I thank AVVO for allowing Oscar and I to connect.
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Posted by anonymous | January 10, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Money taken, services never performed
Attorney Michelen and his investigator were hired to investigate and review a decided case involving a serious offense. He visited the accused and allegedly the case but never came through on his end supplying a written report. His recommended investigator repeatedly advised he had the file with him, but never completed his work per the contract either. We wasted 10k of hard earned money for nothing. Calls went unreturned by both himself and his investigator until we finally just stopped calling. He should be reported to the board for his handling of this. I would not recommend him to anyone!
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Response from Oscar Michelen July 11, 2018
Although your post is anonymous I have an idea who you are. We work diligently on all our cases and I am sorry we were not able to do more for you. I did not receive anywhere near $10,000 from you however. Neither was what we were paid wasted. We thoroughly reviewed the file, went to the scene of the crime twice and canvassed numerous people from the area. There was simply no new evidence obtainable to move the case forward. All avenues of appeal had been exhausted. Our communication could have been better and for that I do apologize. But please realize that on these post-conviction reviews we either do them pro bono or for a substantially reduced fee so we have a lot of cases we are working on and I am the only attorney handling them in my firm. I am sorry you feel the way you do and I wish you well in future attempts to get legal redress.
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  • Free Consultation 15 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 450-550 per hour
  • Contingency 25%-33%
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Adjunct Professor
  • Touro Law Center
  • 2017 - Present
  • Partner
  • Cuomo LLC
  • 2010 - Present
  • Adjunct Professor of Law
  • New York Law School
  • 2005 - 2011
  • Partner
  • Sandback, Birnbaum & Michelen
  • 1990 - 2010
  • Senior Trial Specialist
  • Corporation Counsel of The City of New York
  • 1985 - 1990
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  • New York Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1985
  • State University of New York at Buffalo
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1982

Legal Cases

  • David McCallum
  • Settled
  • Chan v. Ellis
  • Case dismissed and protective order vacated
  • KDR Restaurants
  • Case settled in client's favor
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  • Long Island Hispanic Bar Association
  • President-Elect
  • 2021 - Present
  • Nassau County Bar Association
  • Board of Directors
  • 2021 - Present
  • Nassau County Bar Association
  • Member Judicial Screening Committee
  • 2018 - Present
  • Nassau County Bar Association
  • Member Diversity and Inclusion Committee
  • 2018 - Present
  • New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Alianza Domincana
  • General Counsel
  • 2008 - Present
  • Archangel Michael Orthodox Church
  • General Counsel
  • 2004 - Present
  • Nassau County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1993 - Present
  • Dominican Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2019 - 2019
  • Dominican-American National Roundtable
  • Member
  • 2006 - 2008
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Private Sector Servant of Justice
  • It Can Happen To You
  • 2021
  • Access to Justice Champion
  • Nassau County Bar Association
  • 2013
  • Top Viewed Legal Questions
  • Avvo
  • 2008
  • Inclusion in Bar Register of Pre-Eminent Attorneys
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2006
  • Whos' Who in American Law
  • Marquis Who's Who
  • 1998
  • Research Editor
  • New York Law School Law Review
  • 1984
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  • Atticus (NYSACDL)
  • The Exoneration of David McCallum
  • 2015
  • The Attorney of Nassau County
  • Nassau's Arraignment Practices Need to Change
  • 2008
  • New York Law Journal
  • The Unjust Conviction Act
  • 2005
  • Nassau Lawyer
  • Defense of A Passenger in A Stolen Car
  • 2002
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Speaking Engagements

  • Nassau County Bar Association
  • Color of Law Discrimination in Housing
  • 2022
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Government Support for Racial Discrimination in Housing and Finance
  • 2021
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Intellectual Property Update
  • 2019
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Representing a Victim of Revenge Porn
  • 2019
  • Nassau County Bar Association
  • The First Amendment Jurisprudence of Sonia Sotomayor
  • 2019
  • Nassau County Bar Association
  • Cultural Competency for Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Social Media for Lawyers
  • Website Development for Lawyers
  • 2018
  • NYLS Media Law Society Meeting
  • Blogging and the First Amendment
  • 2017
  • Wrongful Conviction Seminar
  • False Confessions
  • 2017
  • Above the Law - Academy For Private Practice Annual Conference
  • How Podcasting Can Help Build Your Legal Practice
  • 2016
  • Monthly Meeting
  • Networking for Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Meeting of the Kings County Criminal Bar Association
  • The Conviction Review Unit
  • 2015
  • Open Line Talk Show
  • Wrongful Convictions
  • 2014
  • Domestic Violence Committee -Revenge Porn panel
  • Revenge Porn
  • 2014
  • The David McCallum Case
  • Wrongful Conviction
  • 2014
  • Monthly Meeting of Webtrepreneurs Association
  • Copyright vs. Trademark
  • 2013
  • Symposium for First Year Students
  • Writing and the Law
  • 2012
  • Nassau County Bar Association
  • Social Host Law
  • 2011
  • New York Law School Media Entertainment and Fashion Law Association
  • Fashion Law Panel
  • 2011
  • Law Squad Presentation
  • Legal Consequences of Drinking in the Home
  • 2011
  • Student Symposium
  • Crime & Punishment
  • 2010
  • Monthly Meeting of Webtrepreneurs
  • Basics of Intellectual Property
  • 2010
  • Parent Forum
  • Protecting Your Teenager
  • 2010
  • Catch 22? The case of Matter of Vinluan
  • Symposium on a Groundbreaking Case in Employment and Constitutional Law
  • 2009
  • Nassau County Legislative Session
  • The Constitutionality of the Heroin Notification Law
  • 2008
  • Forum on Teen Prescription Drug Abuse
  • Teen Prescription Drug Abuse
  • 2008
  • Parent Forum
  • The Social Host Law
  • 2008
  • Host of "The Law Squad" Television Program
  • Various Topics, including DWI, Internet Crime, Civil Liability
  • 2008
  • Red Ribbon Awareness Week
  • Parenting Under the New Social Host Law
  • 2007
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Attorney endorsements

Received (18)
Given (8)
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Constitutional Attorney | May 01
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. Oscar Michelen came to Georgia and argued Chan v Elis before the Supreme Court of Georgia and prevailed, overturning the lower courts rulling. He is a brilliant legal mind and you can rest assires he knows his subject matter."
Litigation Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A top-notch litigation attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Intellectual property Attorney | Apr 12
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Oscar is a brilliant, dedicated, and caring attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Michelen is a dedicated, highly-skilled lawyer well-respected within the legal community. I fully endorse him."
Litigation Attorney | Dec 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Oscar is one of the best attorneys I've met. He is knowledgeable, experienced, accomplished, and caring. He's a courtroom litigator that never gives up. I highly endorse and respect him."
Commercial real estate Attorney | Jul 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Commercial real estate Attorney | Jun 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community, I wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone looking for a lawyer who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of his clients and getting them the most favorable result possible."
Unknown Attorney | May 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Intellectual property Attorney | Feb 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Oscar has an excellent reputation, and has helped many people with issues when they had few other options. I endorse this lawyer."
Entertainment Attorney | Dec 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Lawyers who serve the avvo community as much as Mr. Michelen are few and far between. It takes passion, concern and dedication to devote so much time. You have my endorsement and kudos."
Personal injury Attorney | Aug 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 17
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer. A lawyer can accomplish certain things. A compassionate lawyer can accomplish far better things. Mr. Michelen is of the latter variety."
Commercial real estate Attorney | Jun 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Libel and slander Attorney | May 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer because of his devotion to stopping revenge porn. e-Blackmail is on the rise and all lawyers need to help stop this scourge on the Internet."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Excellent attorney. Wealth of knowledge."
Intellectual property Attorney | Jan 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have viewed answers of Mr. Michelen for several months. The answers are consistently accurate, analytic and customized to the needs of the Avvo asker with some very good links. These are exactly the qualities that every client would be looking for when hiring an attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Lawsuits and disputes Attorney | Sep 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work. I have worked with OM on several cases, and found him to be very knowledgeable, hard working and effective. His office is well organized. I highly recommend this attorney."
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