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Michael David Elbert

Criminal defense Attorney at Melville, NY

5.0   26 reviews

About Michael

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Michael Elbert is the lead attorney at the Elbert Law Firm. His primary practice areas are criminal defense, DWI and personal injury litigation.
After receiving his Bachelor's degree from the University at Buffalo, Michael attended St John's University School of Law on an academic scholarship. He began his career at the Bronx County District Attorney's office where he prosecuted thousands of cases ranging from misdemeanors to homicide.
Since entering private practice in 2001, Michael has distinguished himself throughout the area as a skilled trial lawyer, winning acquittals for clients on a wide array of charges such as, murder, robbery, burglary, weapons, narcotics, vehicular crimes, obstructing governmental administration, resisting arrest, possession of stolen property, harassment and disorderly conduct. Michael's trial success and experience with area prosecutors and judges has given him the knowledge, experience and credibility necessary to achieve the best possible results for his clients.

Michael has been recognized as one of the best criminal attorneys in New York by being selected to the New York Times Super Lawyers publication annually since 2014.  Michael was also recognized as one of he top ten criminal attorneys in New York by the National Association of Criminal Attorneys and nationally ranked among the top 100 DWI attorneys by the National Advocacy for DUI Defense.  Additionally, Avvo.com rates Michael as a "superb" attorney for criminal defense, DWI and personal injury matters and in 2013, 2016 and 2017, awarded him their "Clients' Choice Award".

Michael has lectured for the New York State Bar Association and Iona College and recently authored, "A Consideration of the Repugnant Verdict" (Nassau Lawyer, 2012).  Additionally, Michael is an adjunct professor at Hofstra Law School where he teaches in the Foundational Lawyering Skills program.

Michael is a Past President of the Nassau County Criminal Courts Bar Association (2017-2018) and is also a member of the Suffolk County Bar Association.

Licensed for 23 years
State NY
Status Due to Register within 30 Days of Birthday
Acquired 1999
Updated 06/05/2022

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

Contact Michael

The Elbert Law Firm
560 Broadhollow Road, Suite 303
Melville, NY, 11747

Reviews

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Posted by anonymous | August 15, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Great lawyer
Mike represented me in a criminal matter in central Islip. I’m very happy with the results that he got for me and I’m glad I hired him.
Posted by Melissa Caranate | October 29, 2017
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Personal Injury
Mr. Elbert represented me for personal injury and he went above and beyond. He always went out of his way to make himself available and always showed he cared. I would highly recommend Mr. Elbert to anyone in need of legal help.
Posted by anonymous | October 29, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great attorney, great guy
Found myself in some trouble and Mike did an extraordinary job helping me and my family. I'll always recommend him to anyone in need of legal help. Thanks again Mike!
Posted by anonymous | October 29, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
The best!!!
I was referred to Michael Elbert by a friend and couldn't have been happier. Not only was Michael professional and knowledgeable but I felt he truley cared about me and my concerns. He was available to answer any and all questions I had no matter how silly or small. I had a complex case that he was able to win based on his experience and expertise. I would absolutely recommend Michael Elbert to anyone and would not hesitate to use him again.
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Posted by Steve | October 29, 2017
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Goes above and beyond his duties
Have been using Mr. Elbert for many many years. Goes above and beyond his duties and goes out of his way to satisfy his clients. No one better then him.
Posted by scott | October 27, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Gets the Job Done
Michael Elbert is an excellent lawyer. Consider yourself luck if he takes your case. I chose him on his performance record in his private practice. I'm most familiar with his malpractice services. He worked for the other side (insurance law) successfully for a while until opening his own firm. Michael knows the ins and outs of the system on both sides. Plus, he's an excellent trial attorney. The other side will know this. He did well for me and I was confident I was in good hands. I suggest his firm strongly. Thanks Mike!
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Posted by Ben | October 20, 2017
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Thank you for your help!
I hired Mr Elbert due to an unfortunate event in my life and the case took years longer than expected (completely out of our control) and he was there with us every step of the way, anyone looking for a highly professional attorney should give Mr. Elbert a call.
Posted by Colleen | October 12, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Personally injury
My Family and I used Michael for several different cases. My case was personal injury, he had guided me in the right direction during the whole case. Any time I contacted him he always responded, day time, night time and weekends. We won my case for the request amount. He is amazing at his job and always put his clients first. My family will always recommend Michael for any case.
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Posted by Kelly | September 26, 2017
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Great lawyer
Mr ELBERT was referred to me by a friend he represented in a DWI case when I was looking for an attorney to represent me for my car accident case. She said he was very nice and always kept her informed about her case. My experience with Mr Elbert was similar. He settled my case without having to go to trial and he was always available when I had questions about my case and I was very happy with the amount I received . I highly recommend him for anyone looking for a lawyer for a car accident case.
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Posted by anonymous | May 29, 2016
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Great attorney
Mike handled my DWI case and did a great job. He got me out of jail, got me a hardship conditional license and helped me avoid a criminal record and having to put one of those breath machines in my car. Any time I had a question, Mike was available to take my call or got back to me quickly. I have a few friends that had DWI cases, and it seems like Mike got me a much better deal then their attorneys were able to get. I am very happy with the attention and services I got and his fees were reasonable.
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Posted by anonymous | April 14, 2016
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Great Lawyer
Michael Elbert represented me in court after I had gotten charged with possession of steroids. He took care of absolutely everything. I just had to stay out of trouble for six months. The case got dismissed. I am very happy I hired him and highly recommend him.
Posted by David Shimkin | April 14, 2016
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| Consulted Attorney
Excellent Criminal Defense Attorney
I've known Mike Elbert since our days in the Bronx DA's office. Mike was known then (as now) as being savvy, tough, and quick on his feet. Although I live in California now, Mike is the first criminal defense attorney I think of when I'm approached for recommendations in New York. I recommend Mike very highly.
Posted by D. Theresa | April 13, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Only criminal lawyer I would ever recommend!
Mr. Elbert's knowledge in his field is unparalleled. He helped me through a criminal matter that would have affected my life in so many different ways. Through his compassion, expertise, and attention to detail, I was able to walk away unscathed, and on my way to moving forward in the right direction. I cannot thank you enough for the help you provided for me, along with your honesty and genuine concern for the outcome of the situation. I had also recommended Mr. Elbert to a friend for a personal injury case, and he is also extremely pleased with his results.
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Posted by Amanda | April 8, 2016
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Professionalism and Expertise at Its Finest
Michael Elbert recently represented me in a criminal charge. This was my first criminal charge and it was a very frightening experience to say the least. First and foremost he is a kind compassionate man and treated me with the utmost respect. His knowledge of the law and the legal system enables him to speak in a manner which is concise and clearly understandable. Being that this was my first criminal charge, this was worth its weight in gold. He patiently explained to me both the legal process and my available options and immediately put me at ease. From the moment I met him I knew I was in good hands. He is very communicative and would always respond to my phone calls and emails immediately. It is clear that he is clearly respected in the courtroom by both the District Attorneys and the Judges. I would without reservation recommend him to anyone and everyone I know.
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Posted by Adam | April 8, 2016
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Excellent Lawyer
Micheal Elbert is terrific lawyer. I had a personal crisis and being a professional I was concerned that it may effect my career. Mr. Elbert immediately put my mind at ease. He was very professional and paid attention to every detail. He made me feel that I always had a friend that would standby me. I never felt judged. Highly recommended
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Posted by anonymous | April 8, 2016
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Outstanding attorney!
Our family has used Michael Elbert and his associates for years. They consistently work hard to achieve excellent results and are the friendliest around. We would recommend this attorney practice to anyone in need.
Posted by anonymous | March 29, 2015
The Perfect Lawyer
Mr. Elbert is a great lawyer. I got a DUI, which was my first and only arrest and could have possibly been problematic to my career. He was there to calm me down, and explain all the details of the law and explained my options to me. He is extremely professional, very knowledgeable, very respectful, and non-judgmental. The whole process was very intimidating, but he would always promptly answer all questions and gave me assurance without any false hope. Mr. Elbert was very empathetic to my situation and helped me a lot, somehow he brought down my charge to a violation and I was ecstatic. If you ever need a lawyer I would highly recommend Mr. Elbert. Trust his advice, you'll never regret it.
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Posted by Lucy | January 15, 2015
EXCELLENT SERVICE, PROMPT RESPONSE TIMES and GREAT RESULTS! WE ARE EXTREMELY SATISFIED.
Mr. Elbert was extremely professional; helping me with my son's legal issue. The service he provided was top notch, his response time to me was always prompt and courteous. My son and I always felt like we were in good hands and that the legal issues were being handled with the utmost of professionalism. He respected us and answered all of our questions during the process. We highly recommend Mr. Elbert. Truly a top notch lawyer.
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Posted by joe coppola | January 6, 2015
awesome lawyer
Mike is an awesome lawyer i have been in trouble many of times especially when i was younger . I have always used him and will continue to. He is trustworthy on time and someone i can rely on at any time.
Posted by Carol | August 25, 2014
Overall good feeling in meeting and hiring this CRIMINAL ATTY for a Town Violation Case.
Would just like to thank Michael Elbert for spending a huge about of time with my partner and myself as to a Criminal town violation. All town violations are Criminal, and it's extremely important you hire a TOP criminal atty and not a CODE atty. ..These case have little to do with town codes, but towns making money. Most important you hire top criminal atty. He was very knowledgeable as to the criminal system. He could not have been more helpful. Price he gave me I didn't feel the normal price gouge. I feel with the quality time he gave me, this is not his character, but went into the profession to help the public and not make a windfall just on your case. I have been to other attys and felt there main interest was retainer and MONEY. That was not how he worked, we all expect to be paid for our services no matter what field we are in.. He explained his fees and left it to that. I left the appointment feeling comfortable he understood what I was looking for and would be working towards that goal. I TRULY FELT HE WOULD PUT HIS ALL INTO MY CASE, FOR A GOOD OUT COME.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • The Elbert Law Firm
  • 2014 - Present
  • Partner
  • Matera & Elbert, LLP
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Partner
  • Elbert & Elbert, Llp
  • 2004 - 2013
  • Associate
  • Law Offices Of Thomas F. Liotti
  • 2002 - 2004
  • Associate Attorney
  • O'Connor & O'Connor, LLP
  • 2001 - 2002
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Office Of The Bronx County District Attorney
  • 1998 - 2001
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Education

  • St John's University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1997
  • State University of New York at Buffalo
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1994

Legal Cases

  • People v Rosario-Alcantara
  • Dismissed
  • People v. Carol F
  • Charges dismissed
  • People v. Benson
  • ACOD
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Associations

  • Suffolk County Bar Association
  • 2004 - Present
  • Criminal Courts Bar Association of Nassau County
  • President
  • 2017 - 2018

Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Super Lawyers
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2017
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2017
  • 10 Best
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • 2017
  • Clients' Choice Award
  • Avvo
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyers
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2016
  • SuperLawyers
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyers
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2014
  • Top 100 DWI Lawyers
  • National Advocacy for DUI Defense
  • 2014
  • Top 10 Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • 2014
  • Clients' Choice Award
  • Avvo
  • 2013
  • Top Contributor
  • Avvo
  • 2013
  • Law School Scholarship
  • St John's University
  • 1994
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Publications

  • Nassau Lawyer
  • A Consideration of the Repugnant Verdict for the Criminal Defense Practitioner
  • 2012

Speaking Engagements

  • Graduate Education Leadership Program
  • Common Legal Issues Confronting Administrators in the Education System
  • 2012
  • Bridging the Gap: Young Lawyers Section
  • Dealing with Difficult Attorneys, Clients and Judges
  • 2010

Attorney endorsements

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Given (24)
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Michael and I have worked on many cases together, and I am always impressed with his dedication and professionalism!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 24
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer. A brilliant, trustworthy and highly respected attorney in the legal community."
DUI and DWI Attorney | May 22
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Michael Elbert for over 10 years and can say without hesitation that he is fierce advocate who vigorously fights for the rights of his clients. I have had the privilege to have prosecuted cases where Mike was the defense attorney and also the privilege of working with Mike as a fellow member of the defense bar and he is a lawyer that is ethical, trustworthy and knowledgeable."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Nov 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Elbert knows the law and how to apply it to your case. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 07
Relationship: Other
"Clients choose Attorney Elbert for many reasons. He is skilled and experienced. He also has a great reputation in Court. Anyone in need of a Criminal Defense attorney in Melville and surrounding areas of NY... should definitely contact his firm."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael is a zealous advocate for his clients in particular and for the legal profession in general. I have worked with him as a board member in my capacity as president of the Criminal Courts Bar Association. Mike is someone you can rely on and I endorse him enthusiastically."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Excellent attorney. True professional."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I wholly endorse this lawyer. I have known Michael for nearly 10 years and worked as co-counsel on cases with him. Michael is always prepared and represents his clients at a high level. I have watched Michael cross-examine witnesses in hearings and trials with great results. You should strongly consider Michael if you need a fighter in your corner."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 15
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked with Michael Elbert for years. He is thoroughly prepared for all of his cases. He is a tireless advocate on behalf of his clients. Anyone who has been charged with a crime would be lucky to have Michael as an attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 08
Relationship: Co-worker
"I have known Michael since our days in the District Attorney's Office. He has always shown outstanding advocacy skills and is a strong voice for his clients both in the courtroom and outside. I strongly recommend him to anyone needing the assistance of an attorney for their defense.."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 07
Relationship: Friend
"I have known Mike for almost twenty years. Having experienced counsel is of the utmost importance. However, having an attorney that is both experienced and caring is invaluable. This is particularly the case in a criminal setting."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I enthusiastically endorse Mr. Elbert, based upon a number of criminal referrals, ranging from traffic misdemeanors to DWI's to serious felonies, from which my clients have consistently reported of his wealth of knowledge, creativity, and dedication to obtaining the best possible result in their respective matter."
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