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 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
2017, 2018: Connecticut Rising Stars, Super Lawyers, Criminal Defense*
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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
“Nuts & Bolts of Temporary Restraining Orders & Their Intersection with CT Criminal Law”, Fairfield County Bar Association, March 2021
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.
Michael C. Bivona
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