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Attorney Michael Bivona is a member in good standing of both the Connecticut and New York State Bars. Since joining the Firm in 2013, Michael has been a critical member and leader in many of the Firm’s practice areas, including criminal defense, civil litigation, employment law, appellate law, and DMV / DUI administrative hearings in both Connecticut and New York.

Michael regularly appears in Connecticut’s criminal and civil courts. He also serves as the co-chair of the Firm’s Restraining Order and DUI / DWI Practice Groups.

Michael’s notable work includes the following:**

  • In 2018, Michael secured a Superior Court dismissal order for a client facing over 200 years of prison arising from gun and drug charges.
  • In 2018, Michael was selected by the United States District Court to serve as co-counsel in a pro bono federal case alleging New Haven police officers’ use of excessive force.
  • In 2018, Michael conducted an internal sexual harassment / assault investigation for a high profile New York City restaurant company to determine whether an assault claim between employees could be substantiated.
  • As co-chair of the DMV / DWI Practice Groups, Michael has appeared in hundreds of Connecticut DMV per se suspension hearings since 2013.
  • As the co-chair of the Firm’s Restraining Order group, Michael has prosecuted or defended over 50 restraining order applications since 2013.
  • In 2017, Michael successfully defended a client against a restraining order in which his client was being wrongfully accused of stalking.
  • In 2017, Michael successfully won an appeal of his client’s unemployment benefits.
  • In 2016, Michael authored a highly publicized Franks v. Delaware motion, which challenged the legality of an arrest of a municipal employee. His motion was a major factor in securing the dismissal of the charges.
  • In 2015, Michael assisted the Firm
  • In 2013, Michael assisted the Firm in securing the then-highest SEC whistleblowing retaliation bounty award in United States history.

**Previous representative matters or past successes do not guarantee future successes or similar results.

Michael received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Quinnipiac University in 2010. He then earned his Juris Doctor – magna cum laude – with an honors concentration in Criminal Law and Advocacy from the Quinnipiac University School of Law.

Michael then went on to receive another graduate degree, an LL.M. (Masters of Law) in Trial Advocacy from one of the top trial advocacy programs in the country at Temple University School of Law.

Michael is also a coach of Quinnipiac University School of Law’s award winning mock trial program.

While in law school, Michael served as the Executive Vice President for the Mock Trial Honor Society. He was also a member of the regional championship team at the 2012 Quinnipiac Law / ABA Criminal Justice Trial Advocacy Competition, winning the prestigious Best Overall Advocate award. Upon graduation, Michael was chosen by the faculty to receive the Arnold J. Bai Award for Outstanding Promise in Litigation. He also served as an intern for the New Haven State’s Attorney’s Office.

Professional & Bar Association Memberships

  • State of Connecticut Member Since: 2013
  • State of New York Member Since: 2014
  • United States District Court, District of Connecticut
  • United States District Court, Southern District of New York
  • Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • The Fairfield County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Connecticut Bar Association

Awards

  • 2017, 2018: Connecticut Rising Stars, Super Lawyers, Criminal Defense*

*Super Lawyers is a commercial publication, for information on how recipients are selected click here.

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CLEs Attended

  • 2018 Prejudgment Remedies – Fairfield County Bar Association
  • 2017 DWI: Defending with Ingenuity – National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 2017 Annual Criminal Law Litigation – Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2017 Judicial Procedure Practice Pointers – Fairfield County Bar Association
  • 2016 Bridge The Gap – New York State Bar Association
  • 2016 Defending DUI Charges in Connecticut – Connecticut Bar Association
  • 2016 Bench Bar Symposium on Professionalism – Connecticut Bar Association
  • 2015: Diversionary Programs in Connecticut– Fairfield County Bar Association
  • 2015 10 Most Wanted Keys to Admitting and Excluding Evidence – Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2015 DWI Law: One for the Road – Fairfield County Bar Association
  • 2015 Jury Selection – Individual Voir Dire or Box Selection – Fairfield County Bar Association
  • 2015: Civil Procedure in Connecticut: Pitfalls and Recent Changes in State and Federal Court – Fairfield County Bar Association
  • 2015 Juvenile Sentencing – Connecticut Bar Association

Speaking Engagements

In 2018, Michael presented to numerous groups of middle and high school students and parents about the dangers of substance abuse and the criminal consequences associated with it. Michael also presented to a Quinnipiac University fraternity about the criminal implications and consequences of alcohol, drugs, and parties.