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Mr. Pinnisi provides General Counsel and targeted services for clients across the country, often reviewing and managing the work of other law firms.
His extensive legal experience includes service as an Honor Program Trial Attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice, as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York and Washington, D.C., as an associate with Shearman & Sterling and Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, as in-house General Counsel of Kionix, Inc. and Cognitive Science LLC, and as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Cornell Law School.
He structures and negotiates a wide range of complex business deals, he has supervised the transfer of companies valued into hundreds of millions of dollars, and he has handled sensitive internal corporate investigations.
He is a graduate of Cornell University and Cornell Law School, a frequent speaker to bar and business groups, and a recipient of awards for upholding high ethical standards in practice.
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I was fortunate enough to work with Michael Pinnisi several years ago, when we were on opposing sides of a matter. I found him to be an incredibly professional, zealous advocate for his client. He is also a pragmatic problem-solver. I would be delighted to work with him again, although my clients would probably prefer that I go up against someone a little less effective. I am proud to endorse him.
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Best Lawyer||Best Lawyers in America||2016|
|AV Preeminent - Judicial||Martindale-Hubbell||2011|
|Super Lawyer||New York Super Lawyers||2008|
|Recognized||Who's Who In American Law||2000|
|General Counsel||Cognitive Science LLC||2009 - Present|
|Partner||Pinnisi & Anderson||2003 - Present|
|General Counsel||Kionix, Inc.||1999 - 2003|
|Adjunct Professor||Cornell Law School||1992 - 1999|
|Partner||Brown, Pinnisi & Michaels||1992 - 1999|
|Associate||Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton||1991 - 1992|
|Assistant U.S. Attorney||U.S. Attorney For The Southern District Of New York||1988 - 1991|
|Associate||Shearman & Sterling||1987 - 1988|
|Honor Program Attorney||U.S. Dept. of Justice, Civil Rights Division||1985 - 1986|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|New York State Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Strategic Advisory, Inc. v. Thomas Properties||$3.25 million settlement for client|
|Aquilla v Washington Gas Company||Jury verdict for plaintiff for full contract damages, plus shifting of costs and attorney's fees|
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|Cornell Law School||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1985|
|NYSWBA Corporate Law Symposium||Corporate "Psychology"||2008|
|Cornell Law Practice Ethics Lectures||Negotiation for Lawyers||2006|
|Rewards and Risks of the Internet||Legal Risks of the Internet||2004|
|Protection of Intellectual Property||To Patent or Not to Patent||2004|
|Keynote Speaker, Cornell Law School Ethics in Practice Annual Conference||Ethics in Legal Practice||2004|
|Martindale-Hubbell "Counsel to Counsel" Forum||International Dispute Resolution||2003|
|Cornell Entrepreneur Awards||Technology Transfer Practicalities||2003|
|Cornell University Trustee Counsel||Protection of Trade Secrets||1999|
|Cornell Law Ethics in Practice Annual Conference||Ethics in Legal Practice||1997|
|NYS Bar Association - Law of Evidence Update||Evidentiary Privileges||1993|
|ABA Annual Meeting||Mandatory ADR||1993|