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      Mr. Mitev's litigation experience spans across the state trial courts, appellate divisions, and Federal courts. He has successfully tried cases and conducted hearings in District, County, Family and Supreme Court, argued appellate division causes, as well as successfully represented clients at hearings before various administrative agencies.

      His published cases include Malone v. County of Suffolk, a precedent-setting case holding that doctors who knowingly over-prescribe narcotics create a public nuisance and may be liable to the public at large; Schulz v. Schulz, holding that a parent who relocates without court permission may not thereafter rely on the self-created change in circumstances in a subsequent relocation petition; Boyle v. County of Suffolk, a Federal case dealing with forfeiture proceedings against drivers accused of drunk driving in Suffolk County, Grasso v. Grasso, an Appellate Division, Second Department case dealing with post – judgment matrimonial counsel fees, People v. McElroy, a case dealing with post-conviction supervision of sex offenders under the SORA law and the anomalous results imposed by sentencing guidelines in certain circumstances; People v. Syska, re-affirming the basic Constitutional principle that there is no duty to answer a police officer’s questions (other than basic ID information) and that asking police if they have a warrant is not sufficient for an obstruction of justice/resisting arrest charge.

     Mr. Mitev’s work has been cited in the Journal of Law & Policy; the New York Practice Series; the Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review; Patent Law Fundamentals; Florida Coastal Law Review; eDiscovery for Corporate Counsel; Northwestern University Law Review; the Touro Law Review, among others. He is admitted to the United States Supreme Court and in the Federal Eastern and Southern Districts of New York.




Languages spoken: Bulgarian, Russian, English

Practice areas


  1. Divorce: 40%
  2. Criminal Defense: 40%
  3. Personal Injury: 20%



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  • Robert T. Szyba

    Vesselin Mitev is a zealous advocate for his clients and is one of the most professional and effective attorneys I have encountered. I endorse this lawyer.


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    Vess Mitev is an effective and zealous advocate. He is extremely knowledgeable about New York criminal defense. I endorse this lawyer without reservation.


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Contact info

Ray, Mitev & Associates

122 North Country Road
P.O. Box 5440
Miller Place, NY, 11764


NYCurrently registered 200903/07/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
New York Rising Stars 2015SuperLawyers2015
New York Rising Stars 2014SuperLawyers2014
Pro Bono Gold LevelHofstra School of Law2009
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerRay, Mitev & Associates2013 - Present
AssociateRay, Mitev & Associates2010 - Present
Chief AssociateJohn Ray & Associates2010 - Present
Bureau Chief / ReporterNew York Law Journal2007 - 2010
Association namePosition nameDuration
New York State Bar AssociationN/A2010 - Present
New York State Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Nassau County Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Suffolk County Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
People v. SyskaCriminal charges dismissed pre-trial
People v. McElroySORA Risk level reduced, post-hearing
S v. S.Successfully defended relocation application by parent who had previously relocated
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Publication nameTitleDate
New York Law JournalLean Times2013
New York Law JournalPro Bono Mandate Misses the Mark2013
The Long Island PressLost Not Found; How Some Missing Mentally Ill Never Return Home2013
New York Law JournalChurning Out2013
New York Law JournalAction! A Judge and Two Lawyers Walk into a Courtroom2013
New York Law JournalPro Bono Mandate Misses the Mark2013
New York Law JournalNon-Lawyer Legal Malpractice?2013
New York Law JournalBigger is Better2013
New York Law JournalUnintended Consequences2013
New York Law JournalShort Attention Span Theater2012
New York Law JournalYour Brother's Keeper2012
New York Law JournalGood Client Hunting2012
New York Law JournalThe Cruelest Month2012
New York Law JournalIt's Not You; No, It's Not Me Either2012
New York Law JournalRequired Pleading2012
New York Law JournalObjecting Without Being Objectionable2012
New York Law JournalSchweitzer and the Golden Fleece2012
New York Law JournalMe and the 40-Year-Old Virgin2012
New York Law JournalToo Much of a Muchness2012
New York Law JournalWoman Who Took Kids to Florida Loses Bid for a Permanent Move2012
New York Law JournalSuit Against Doctor Proceeds in Fatal Pharmacy Robbery2012
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Hofstra University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2009
University of IowaFinanceOther - Bachelors2005
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
New York City City CouncilPublic Safety - Dangers of Prescription Drugs2012
Law You Should KnowLegal Media Coverage2009