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Basile, Michael E.

1430 Balltown RoadSchenectady, NY 12309-4301
Phones: 518-631-5609
866-719-3514
Fax: 518-374-9416
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Lawyer Overview

Michael E. Basile has been practicing law since 1984 and has been the chairman of the Litigation Department for Higgins, Roberts, Beyerl & Coan, P.C. since 1991.

Current Employment Position(s)
Shareholder/PrincipalChairman of the Litigation Department
Year Joined Firm
1989
Practice Areas
Personal Injury Litigation 30%Education Law 3%Medical Malpractice 10%Matrimonial Law 30%Commercial Litigation 10%Criminal Law 2%Traffic Violations 3%Constitutional 5%Discrimination 5%Landlord/Tenant 2%
Litigation
95%
Representative Cases
Calabrese Bakeries, Inc. v. Rockland Bakery, Inc., 2016 WL 2746486 (2016)Calabrese Bakeries Inc. v. Rockland Bakery, Inc., 102 AD3d 1033 (2013)Dribusch v. Zebrowski, 2013 WL 5929148 (N.D.N.Y., 2013)Giminiani v. Cesar, 536 Fed.Appx. 85 (C.A.2, 2013)Shah v. Union College, 97 AD3d 949 (2012)Calabrese Bakeries v. Rockland Bakery, Inc., 83 AD3d1060 (2011) Calabrese Bakeries v. Rockland Bakery, Inc., 83 AD3d 1080 (2011)Hess v. Wojcik-Hess, 86 AD 3d 847 (2011)Hess v. Wojcik-Hess, 2010 WL 346284 (NDNY, 2010)Fera v. City of Albany, 2008 WL 2949280 (2008)Empie v. Empie, 846 NYS 2d 811 (2007)Zahran v. Niskayuna Central School District, 2004 WL 12429 62 (2004)VanSchaick v. Union College, 728 NYS 2d 275 (2001)Andrews v. Trustco Bank, 735 NYS 2d 640 (2001) Liberty Mgmt. v. Town of Glenville, 728 NYS 2d 262 (2001)Maras v. Board of Education, 712 N.Y.S. 2d 208 (2000)Union College v. City of Schenectady, 91 NY 2d 161 (1997) Norman v. Amphenol 956 F. Supp. 158 (1997)Planck v. Niskayuna Central School District, 666 NYS 2d 740 (1997)Meditrust v. Fahey 664 NYS 2d 874 (1997)Meditrust v. Fahey 641 NYS 2d 202 (1996)Guntur v. Union College, 1992 WL 209322 (1992)General Electric Technical Services Co., Inc. v. Clinton 577 NYS 2d 719 (1991)Charlay v. Northeast Savings, F.A. 577 NYS2d 917 (1991)DeBrino v. Benaquista, 154 AD2d 812 (1989)Pier v. Pavement Resources 144 AD2d 803 (1988)Powers v. Niagara Mohawk Power Corp., 516 NYS 2d 811(1987)
Qualifications
Bar Admissions
New York, 1984U.S. District Court Northern District of New York, 1984
Other Affiliations
Albany County Bar Association (Lawyer Referral Committee, Member) New York State Bar Association (Lawyer Referral Committee, Member) American Bar Association (Member) New York State Trial Lawyers Association (Member) American Association for Justice (Member) Capital District Trial Lawyers Association (Member) Capital Region Bankruptcy Association (Member) New York State Defenders Association (Member) National Association of College and University Attorneys (Member) Schenectady County Bar Association , 2009 - 2011 (Vice-President) Schenectady County Bar Association , 2011 - 2013 (President) National Italian American Bar Association (Member) Schenectady County Bar Association, 2013 - 2016 (Board Member) Schenectady County Bar Association, 1994 - 1995 (Secretary) Schenectady County Bar Association, 2002 - 2003 (Constitutional Committee, Chairman) Schenectady County Bar Association, 2006 - 2011 (Continuity Committee, Chairman) Schenectady County Bar Association, 2008 - Present (Nominating Committee, Chairman)
Honors
Named Lawyer of the Year, 2008 by the Schenectady County Bar Association, - 2008
Classes and Seminars
"Obligations Surrounding Retention of Wills, "Schenectady County Bar Association Newsletter, November 2007
“President’s Message”, Schenectady County Bar Association Newsletter, September, 2011
“President’s Message- Roadmap to Success”, Schenectady County Bar Association Newsletter, November, 2011
“President’s Message- Lessons Learned”, Schenectady County Bar Association Newsletter, January, 2012
“President’s Message- Am I Honorable?”, Schenectady County Bar Association Newsletter, April, 2012
“President’s Message- Anatomy of a President’s Message”, Schenectady County Bar Association Newsletter, June, 2012
“President’s Message –Picking a Winner”, Schenectady County Bar Association Newsletter, September, 2012
“President’s Message – Giving Thanks”, Schenectady County Bar Association Newsletter, November, 2012
“President’s Message – First Impressions”, Schenectady County Bar Association Newsletter, January, 2013
“President’s Message – Wither the Future of the Profession?”, Schenectady County Bar Association Newsletter, April, 2013
“Practice Pointer: Tort Claims” - Schenectady County Bar Association Newsletter, April, 2013
“President’s Message – Elephant Bones” - Schenectady County Bar Association Newsletter, June, 2013
Oral Presentation – September 13, 2014 Seminar at Union College, Schenectady – “Addressing Complex Hearing Board Issues”
Oral Presentation – September 19, 2015 Judicial Board Training Session Seminar at Union College, Schenectady – “Litigation Issues and Forensic Evidence”
Co-Moderator- November 15 &17, 2016- Access-VR Impartial Hearing Officer Panel Discussions
Mock Trial Judge- Annual Schenectady County Bar Association Mock Trial Tournament
Pro Bono Activities
Member of National Pro Bono Attorney Panel for Schenectady County
Past Positions
Schenectady County District Attorney, Special Prosecutor, 2010 - Present Grasso, Rodriguez, Putorti & Grasso, Attorney, 1984 - 1989 New York State Department of Law, Albany, NY, Legal Intern, 1981 - Present Paul F. Donohue Associates, P.C., Legal Intern, 1981 - 1983Grasso, Rodriguez, Putorti and Grasso, Legal Intern, 1983 - 1984
Education
Albany Law School of Union University, Albany, New York, June, 1983
J.D.
Honors: Member of Junior Bar Based on Oral Advocacy Skills
Honors: Gabrielli Moot Court Competition, Participant, 1981
Honors: John Alexander Memorial Scholarship, Recipient
Honors: Junior Bar, Member
Honors: 743 score on LSAT
Honors: Recipient of a merit scholarship for three school years
Siena College, Londonville, New York, May, 1980
B.A.
Honors: cum laude
Honors: New York Gamma Chapter of Pi Gamma Mu, Member
Honors: Dean's List
Honors: Omicron-XI Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, Membership nomination
Honors: 3.45 overall cumulative g.p.a.
Major: Political Science
Linton High School, Schenectady, NY
Honors: Graduated with honors
Honors: Member of National Honor Society
Fraternities and Sororities
Phi Gamma MuPi Alpha Theta
Fees
Offers Free Initial ConsultationAccepts Credit Cards
Office Information
Address
1430 Balltown RoadSchenectady, NY 12309-4301
Phone
518-631-5609866-719-3514
Fax
518-374-9416
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