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Michael D. Prywes

Business Attorney at Melville, NY

5.0   7 reviews
  • Licensed for 14 years
    State NY
    Acquired 2009
    Currently Registered No misconduct found

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About Michael

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Michael Prywes is a startup and entertainment attorney in New York who teaches law to artists, writers, entrepreneurs, and law students.

He is also a former media professional with a background in film, video, art, music, Internet, and law. For 2+, Michael served as the Chair of Film & Television at Five Towns College, where he also taught. As President of 2 Life! Films, LLC for almost a decade, he produced his first theatrically-released award-winning comedy feature "Returning Mickey Stern" (PG-13). Michael has served as an advisor to a number of production companies and film festivals, as well as Associate Producer on the Sundance entry "The Perpetual Life of Jim Albers" and Tribeca entry "The Look." Michael's spec script for "Without a Trace" was a finalist for the (s)cript magazine Television Writing Competition and his original screenplay "The King of Summer" was a finalist for the "Heart of Film" Screenwriting Competition.

Michael is also the author of the bestselling business guide for creative entrepreneurs, The Gasp: How to Seize That A-Ha! Moment and Launch a Winning Business.

A tech enthusiast since the age of 5, when he learned to program Basic on a TI-99/4A, Michael built the first globally crowdsourced audience voting entertainment site, CastOurMovie, which was featured in the Industry Standard, Time, Entertainment Weekly, and U.S. News and World Report.

On the legal side of the entertainment and creative industries, Michael is counsel to the Long Island Film and Television Foundation and teaches Entertainment Law at Touro Law School and Media Law and Producing at Five Towns College. He has served as Law Clerk for New Video Group/Docurama (now Cinedigm), distributor of the A&E/History, Scholastic, and Major League Baseball labels, and has worked for ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Performers). Michael has been involved in the drafting of agreements and negotiations with the companies guiding the future of media and technology convergence: Amazon Unbox, Apple iTunes, Netflix, etc.

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Prywes Greenberg, P.C. - Serving NYC and Long Island
555 Broad Hollow Road
Suite 305
Melville, NY, 11747

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Posted by Jack | February 23, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Service for a Complicated Problem
Working with Michael was fantastic! We were caught off-guard with the threat of a lawsuit that could have completely halted our business, and Michael really saved his. Not only was the quality of his work excellent, but his communication was quick and concise. Michael made himself readily available to us, and was always happy to answer our many questions. He calmed us down in a stressful situation and provided invaluable advice to help us grow. Not only was Michael's legal advice top-notch, but he truly cared about us and the work we were doing. He went above-and-beyond, and we are so grateful!
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Posted by Shannon | October 15, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
5 Stars
I am in the beginning stages of starting a business, I was referred to him. He is great with advice, getting back to me in a timely manner. Very professional & easy to talk to! Would definitely recommend!
Posted by Tom | June 19, 2015
Outstanding Experience
Mike has been instrumental in advising my production company's legal needs. His affable, helpful demeanor has made creating new legal agreements a pleasure. He is generous with his time, delivered ahead of schedule, and has an excellent nuts and bolts knowledge of the industry which proved to be a big asset. Highly recommended.
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Posted by Jean Ann | June 15, 2015
Thoroughly helped a clueless but passionate new entrepreneur!
I wanted to start an LLC because I was shooting my first short film. I was clueless and scared, but I was passionate and ready. Michael listened to my many, many questions and answered every single one. If he didn't know the answer immediately, he found out. He never treated me like I was ignorant, but was patient and helpful. Two weeks ago we finished production on the film. It's a dream come true for me, and one that would not have been accomplished as easily without him.
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Posted by anonymous | June 10, 2015
Not Your Typical Lawyer...In A Good Way
I am so lucky to have found Michael. First and foremost, he is honest, kind, not looking to rob a new start up for every dime they have, very smart and well informed. His artistic background is an amazing asset for any client in an art or design field. He just gets it. He went above and beyond sending me relevant articles to what I was dealing with and he completed the work quickly but, thoroughly. He is really looking out for his client's best interest in a genuine way. What a breath of fresh lawyer air!
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Posted by Julie | March 3, 2015
Highly recommended!
I cannot begin to explain how grateful I am to Michael for his help and support. Without Michael’s expertise and personal attention, I don’t believe my case would have found justice. Even after many other law firms would not represent me, Michael believed in me, in the law and in justice. And as a result, together we pushed forward and successfully brought our case to conclusion. Michael not only represented me as a client, he stood by me and supported me as a friend. He consistently demonstrated that as a lawyer he was honest, respectful, and held personal integrity above all else. His individual attention exceeded any expectations I had. He spent a great deal of his personal time ensuring I was comfortable with all proceedings, as well as keeping me informed of the progression throughout my case. He made himself available at all hours of the day. He took every action possible to ensure that my case was treated fairly from the beginning to the end. I cannot truly express in words how grateful I am for Michael’s support. I highly recommend Michael as a lawyer you can trust, and as a person whom believes in the law and does everything in his power to support his clients.
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Posted by Dan | September 18, 2014
Best Attorney for Startups
I am Chief Technology Officer of an Internet startup called ThriveMetrics. I have known Michael Prywes for 12 years. He is my lawyer for personal and business matters and one of my closest friends. He is brilliant, driven, extremely creative and entrepreneurial, deeply compassionate and perfectly honest, direct and ethical. Mike understands what startups are all about and what it takes to make them succeed. He the perfect legal partner for business owners who are trying to take their businesses to the next level.
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  • Free Consultation 15 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 450-600 per hour
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods


AVVO RATING 9.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Adjunct Law Professor - Entertainment Law
  • Touro Law Center
  • 2020 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Prywes Greenberg, P.C. (formerly Prywes Schwartz, PLLC and Prywes, P.C.)
  • 2014 - Present
  • Chair - Film & Television
  • Five Towns College
  • 2021 - 2024
  • Attorney
  • Bruce G. Clark & Associates
  • 2009 - 2014
  • Law Clerk
  • New Video Group
  • 2007 - 2009
  • Adjunct Lecturer
  • CUNY Queens College
  • 1999 - 2010
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  • Hofstra University School of Law - Full Merit Scholarship
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2008
  • University of California - Los Angeles
  • Professional Certification
  • 1997
  • Northwestern University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1996

Sample of Legal Cases

  • LaRose v. Pathare
  • Defense verdict

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Elie Wiesel Award for Jewish Cultural Programming
  • Hillel International
  • N/A


  • Book
  • The Gasp - How To Seize That A-Ha! Moment and Turn It Into a Winning Business
  • 2017
  • Book
  • Before You Make A Movie Based on Real Life Try Not to Get Sued
  • 2016

Speaking Engagements

  • Nassau County Bar Association
  • Life Story Rights
  • 2016
  • Guest Speaker at UCLA
  • Marketing & Independent Film
  • 2003
  • Guest Speaker at NYU
  • Screenwriting & Camera Technique
  • 2003
  • Richard Brown's "Filmmakers on Filmmaking"
  • Directing and Producing Independent Feature Film
  • 2002
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Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (5)
Endorse Michael
Business Attorney | Aug 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mike is by far one of the most interesting and inspiring people I have ever known. He is very well versed in so many areas, legal and otherwise. He thinks outside of the box and is truly passionate about his work."
Entertainment Attorney | Apr 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"In the time I've known Michael, I've been impressed not just with his legal and business acumen but also with his enthusiasm for his work, commonsense approach, and his compassion for his clients and colleagues. I can't think of a better lawyer for any creative entrepreneur or business, whether just starting up, entering a growth phase, or well-established. If you're looking for first class legal representation, look no further."
Business Attorney | Mar 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Michael Prywes for many years, both personally and professionally. He is an excellent attorney and is also passionate about what he does. If you are looking to start a business and need legal guidance, I highly recommend Michael Prywes."
Business Attorney | Nov 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"As an attorney for entrepreneurs, Mike brings the added skill set and experience of being an entrepreneur himself and keeping his finger on the pulse of issues affecting business owners. This unique combination of experience and skills makes him a very valuable asset as a lawyer advising businesses."
Entertainment Attorney | Aug 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I saw Michael give a lecture on entertainment law for a film event in our area. He is extremely knowledgable on current pressing topics and his background in the industry gives him authenticity. He has a great demeanor with clients and fellow attorneys alike."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 03
Relationship: Co-worker
"Michael is one of those rare breeds you don't come across too often in a lifetime. An individual with brains, a sincere heart, great ideas AND the energy, enthusiasm and motivation to turn those ideas into reality. You would think someone like this would be arrogant, but, on the contrary, Michael (though undoubtedly assertive) is uncommonly kind, thoughtful of his peers, and considerate - a gentle soul and a gentleman. I recommend him wholeheartedly and without reservation!"
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