Michael E. Greene is a highly regarded New York City attorney focusing on contract, construction, and matrimonial law. With over forty years of experience as a commercial litigator, Mr. Greene currently practices with Robinson Brog Leinwand Greene Genovese & Gluck, P.C., where he is a partner with the firm's Litigation and Dispute Resolution Departments and the lead partner in matrimonial matters.
A long time Martindale-Hubbell® AV® Preeminent™ rated attorney, Mr. Greene reflects on what first propelled him to go into law while growing up on Long Island:
When I was a young kid, I liked the idea of being able to help people. I knew that becoming a lawyer would put me in that position.
Since earning his Juris Doctor from St. Mary's University School of Law in San Antonio, Texas, in 1975, Mr. Greene has helped a broad spectrum of clients with a wide variety of legal matters. Today, he represents a clientele that includes individuals, high-income couples, closely-held corporations, as well as developers and sub-contractors, among others. Throughout his career, he has tried hundreds of cases in court and has both successfully obtained million dollar judgments on behalf of his clients and defended million dollar claims commenced against his clients.
As a litigator in Robinson Brog’s Construction & Development Department, Mr. Greene has extensive experience in construction litigation and has counseled companies ranging from developers involved in multi-million dollar projects to sub-subcontractors. He has also acted as general counsel to companies, assisting them from the bidding process through to final project closeout, while handling litigation matters arising in connection with underlying agreement and change orders.
Additionally, Mr. Greene is well-versed in all areas of Domestic Relations Law, especially in cases involving high-end income couples, valuation of businesses, and equitable distribution of marital assets. As a member of New York City Matrimonial Bar Association's Executive Committee, Mr. Greene can stay ahead of the curve by keeping his finger on the pulse of prevailing trends in the field. In particular, he is paying close attention to how the new tax law would affect spousal support payments after a divorce. He noted:
Before the law passed, the breadwinner was able to pay their ex-spouse support or alimony, and they would receive a deduction for it. Now, I am not so sure they’ll be able to anymore. I’m watching to see how that will affect my clients.
Beyond his practice with Robinson Brog, Mr. Greene has served the legal community in a variety of other ways. A dedicated educator, he has been an Adjunct Professor for the Trial Advocacy Program at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law for the past twenty-eight years where he teaches law students the art of trial advocacy based in part upon his own trial experiences. Mr. Greene is also a Small Claims Arbitrator for the New York County Civil Court, where he presides over disputes between individuals in all areas of commercial law.
After more than four decades dedicated to law, Mr. Greene shows no signs of slowing down. Looking to the future, he plans to continue trying cases in court while also taking the time to mentor some of his firm’s younger associates.