Basile, Michael E.

1430 Balltown RoadSchenectady, NY 12309- 4301

Updated: 08/23/2017

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.

Office Info

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Shareholder/Principal
  • Chairman 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, 1984
  • U.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 - 1983
  • Grasso, 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 Mu
  • Pi Alpha Theta

Fees

Offers Free Initial Consultation

Accepts Credit Cards

Office Information

Address

1430 Balltown RoadSchenectady, NY 12309- 4301

Fax

  • 518-374-9416

Email

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