Michael A. Santo


  • New York University, currently enrolled in the General Studies Program to earn a Certificate” in Art Management.
  • New England School of Law, Boston, Massachusetts. J.D., 1982.Book Review Editor, New England Journal on Prison Law: 1980-1981.Managing Editor, New England Journal on Prison Law: 1981-1982 [Now: New England Journal on Criminal and Civil Confinement].
  • W. Post Center, Long Island University Greenvale, New York 1979; Masters of Professional Studies, B.S., Magna Cum Laude. Graduate Assistant to Director of Graduate Studies in Criminal Justice: September 1978 – May, 1979. Authored and submitted a thesis entitled: International and Other Legal Implications of Remote Sensing from Outer Space.


  • Academic Achievement Award, 1977.
  • Selected as a New York City Urban Fellow: 1980 – 1981.
  • Honoree, Cellini Lodge, New York State Sons of Italy in America.
  • Honoree, New York State Commission for Social Justice, 2007.
  • Honoree, H.E.V.N. (Help Eliminate Violence Now), 2012.
  • Selected to “SUPER LAWYERS” 2013 to present.
  • Selected as “Top Attorney” in the New York City “Metro Area” by the New York Times
  • Rated by Martindale-Hubbell: Pre-eminent: 5.0/5.0, 1988 to present.
  • Rated as “Top 100 Trial Lawyers” The National Trial Lawyers
  • Rated as “Top Lawyer” by the Global Directory of “Who’s Who”
  • Selected for “Lifetime Achievement Award: 2014″ NYS Order Sons of Italy
  • Included in The Global Directory of Who’s Who, honoring executives and professionals

Pro Bono Matters

  • Assisted a disabled man to vacate a substantial and improper matrimonial support judgement in Superior Court, Newark, New Jersey, as well as moving to and obtaining a visitation Order that was otherwise not provided.
  • Defended a Certified Public Accountant sued in malpractice overcome a valid and substantial claim due to the defense of the statute of limitations, which was then a cutting edge argument was presented to and won at the Appellate level: Booth v Kriegel, 36 AD3d 312 (1st Department 2006)(article on case appeared as feature report on front page of New York Law Journal twice: involving the trial and appellate level decisions). Decision later became the law in NYS.
  • Prepared, argued and/or submitted several Amicus Curiae briefs on behalf of the New York State Magistrates Association with regard to various issues involving the Justice Court system or its Justices. One involving wage reductions during the term of a Village Justice; another involved the dismissal policy of a Town Justice.
  • Represented a Baptist Church in the Bronx relative to a personal injury suit brought against them in Supreme Court, Bronx County.
  • Represented a Town Justice concerning an administrative trial in Syracuse by The State Commission on Judicial Conduct and presented his defense before the 11-member Commission body
  • Represented the New York State Order Sons of Italy Foundation and the Cellini Lodge Foundation in a Nassau County Surrogate Court proceeding to afford them tax exempt status in a Will that named their “non” tax exempt entities as distributes
  • Represented the Executive Board of the Order Sons of Italy in America in the US ED Courts concerning a civil forfeiture proceeding as to property in Suffolk County


  • New York State Bar Association
  • New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • New York State Trial Lawyers Association
  • Nassau County Bar Association
  • New York State Magistrates Association
Michael A. Santo
Michael A. Santo
Silberstein, Awad & Miklos, P.C.
Trial attorneys committed to doing one thing: what's right for our clients
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