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Michael concentrates his practice in the hospitality industries including hotels, restaurants, nightclubs and catering establishments. In addition to helping clients acquire alcoholic beverage licenses and resolving issues with state and local licensing authorities, Michael represents owners and investors in the hospitality sector in commercial real estate and corporate transactions.


Representative matters in which Michael has been involved include advising:

  • Passantino Enterprises, LLC in its $1.2 million asset sale to Harp's Food Stores, Inc.;

  • Palace Diner Inc. obtaining its on-premises liquor license during its $2.7 million acquisition of the assets and real property of T and P Land Corp.;

  • Bonjour Crepes & Wine, LLC, in its obtaining of an on-premises beer and wine license;

  • CCR Hospitality Group, Inc. in its $75,000 acquisition of the assets of Ilardi Foods, Inc. and transfer of the on-premises liquor license;

  • Transatlantic Power Holdings, LLC in it $5 million Regulation D private placement;

  • Web Picture Identification, Inc., a Canadian based company, in its U.S. corporation formation and cross-border corporate governence;



Super Lawyers Rising Star 2019 Honoree
Intro to Alcoholic Beverage Licensing in New York - Lawline CLE (2018)
Super Lawyers Rising Star 2018 Honoree
Advising The Cannabis Start-Up - Lawline CLE (2017)
Cover of Sports Launch Magazine Thirty Under 30 Issue (2014) 
Lawyers of Color Inaugural Hotlist (2013) 



Penn State Law
Juris Doctor
Washington Adventist University
B.S., Finance



• New York State Restaurant Association  
• National Association of Alcoholic Beverage Licensing
• New York City Bar Association
• New York State Bar Association



•New York
•New Jersey
•U.S. District Southern District of New York



Contact info:


(212) 845-9909


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