In addition to being an accomplished and highly respected trial attorney, Mike holds several other, valuable, leadership positions.
Mike serves as a member of the Ulster County Older Persons Empowerment Executive Committee (formerly Elder Abuse Prevention Counsel) where he serves as a panelist at conferences designed to educate our seniors about crimes that target them, as well as to provide information about programs designed to keep them safe, secure and healthy.
Mike is also the Supervisor of the District Attorney’s Animal Abuse Bureau where he works closely with the Ulster County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and local law enforcement agencies to prosecute animal abusers. Michael, personally, prosecuted one of Ulster County’s most tragic animal abuse cases where a young girl’s pet dog was intentionally shot by a hunter, and he was instrumental in creating the Ulster County Animal Abuse Registry which is maintained by the Ulster County District Attorney’s Office.
He has served as chief prosecutor to the Ulster Regional Gang Enforcement Narcotics Team (URGENT) Task Force. In that capacity, he prosecuted dozens of gang members as part of Operation Clean Sweep, and he has a long history of holding profit-seeking drug dealers accountable for pedaling poison in our community.
Mike has also shared his legal expertise as a lecturer, presenting to both the Ulster County and Dutchess County magistrates, as well as law enforcement personnel. He has also provided Continuing Legal Education to attorneys about the legal ramifications of opioid addiction.
While in private practice, Mike served as counsel to the Ulster County Legislature for 2 years. He was also a member of the Ulster County Judicial Review Committee which is tasked with evaluating the qualifications of candidates for judicial office. He has participated in Mock Trial by judging the local high school competitions and has helped coach participants.
Finally Mike is a Courtroom Consultant to the USA Network crime dramas, The Sinner and The Sinner II. In this capacity, he has worked with movie stars Jessica Biel and Bill Pullman, and assisted the writers with creating an authentic script.