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New York Trial Lawyer with Over 50 years experience

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Michael P. Graff
Principal
Email: mgraff@grafflawoffices.net  |  Phone: 917-902-7979

Admitted to practice

  • New York, 1961
  • Florida, 1983
  • U.S. District Court, Southern (Trial Bar), Middle and Northern Districts of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, Northern, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second, Third and Sixth Circuits
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Awards and honors

Areas of practice

  • Commercial litigation
  • Mediation
  • Arbitration
  • Employment discrimination
  • Contracts
  • Contract litigation
  • Utility and telecommunication cost reduction and audit compensation
  • Consultant compensation
  • Restrictive covenants
  • Probate litigation
  • Commercial real estate
  • Condominium law

Education

  • Brooklyn Law School, LL.B.
  • Michigan State University, B.S.

Certifications

  • Basic and Advanced Certified Mediation Training and Apprenticeship

Professional memberships

  • The Association of the Bar of the City of New York (City Bar)
    Law and Science, 1993 – 1994
    Uniform State Laws, 1995 – 1998
    State Courts of Superior Jurisdiction, 2003 – 2006
    Litigation, 2006 – 2009
    Alternative Dispute Resolution, 2009 – 2012
    Coop & Condominium Law Committee, 2012 – present
  • The Florida Bar
  • National Employment Lawyers Association/New York
  • N.Y.C. Civil Court Association of Arbitrators
  • Association for Conflict Resolution/Greater New York
  • New York Peace Institute

Publications and speaking engagements

  • Program Chair, City Bar
    Coop & Condominium Program, 2013
    Presenter, ACR/GNY 11th Annual Meeting, “Representing Parties at Mediation
  • Author, “Condominium Liens: Which Come First,” The Queens Bar Journal, 1992
  • Co-Author, Report on Proposed New York Court Rule Regarding Interrogatories, Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Committee on State Courts of Superior Jurisdiction, October 29, 2004
  • Course Materials and Presenter, “The Art of Pleading – State Courts,” New York City Bar C.L.E., January 2008 and January 2009

Professional experience

  • Mediator, Commercial Divisions of Supreme Courts, New York and Queens Counties
  • Mediator and Arbitrator, Joint Committee on Fee Disputes and Conciliation
  • Safe Horizon Mediator of Civil Court and Community Disputes
  • Former Partner, Kurzman, Karelsen & Frank, LLP
  • Former Partner, Moore, Berson, Lifflander, Eisenberg & Mewhinney
  • Former Partner, Becker, Goldstein & Graff
  • New York Peace Institute
  • Mediator for Federal District Court for the Southern District of New York, Commercial Division of the Supreme Court of the State of New York

Special agencies

  • AAA-Sandy Mediation
  • NYC Contract Dispute Resolution Board
  • Joint Committee on Fee Disputes and Conciliation
  • City Bar Panel on Attorney Disputes
  • City Bar Panel on Attorney Discipline Mediation
  • City Bar Panel on Coop & Condo Dispute Mediation

Biography

  • Born in New York, New York