Michael Kalmus is a highly experienced litigator whose areas of practice focus on commercial litigation, securities arbitration, criminal defense, and real estate. He has represented investors, financial advisors and brokerage firms, as both claimants’ and respondents’ counsel. Michael has appeared before numerous state and federal agencies and courts, as well as self-regulatory organizations. Over his three decades of experience he has resolved more than 300 securities controversies through settlement, mediation and arbitration, many of which involved multi-million dollar claims.
Michael lends support to the firm’s cannabis clients in the areas of real estate and land use, corporate counseling and litigation.
Michael began his career in public service as the Deputy Chief of the Rackets Bureau in the Bronx District Attorney’s Office. While serving as Deputy Chief he was appointed Special Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York. Subsequently, he was a managing partner in a small litigation boutique firm with offices in New York and New Jersey specializing in securities arbitration, insurance defense, creditor’s rights, real estate, criminal defense and commercial litigation. He successfully defended clients in criminal anti-trust and tax fraud cases brought by the Justice Department. Michael volunteers his time serving as Treasurer on the Board of Directors for Homes for the Homeless and the Institute for Children and Poverty.
- Cannabis Business Counseling
- Real Estate/Land Use and Zoning
- Business Transactions
- Corporate Law
- Asset Recovery
- Creditors’ Rights
- Debt Collection
- Criminal Defense
- Securities Arbitration
- J.D., Emory University School of Law, 1980
- B.A., Economics, SUNY Stony Brook, 1975
BAR & COURT ADMISSIONS
- New Jersey
- New York
- United States District Court, District of New Jersey
- United States District Court, Eastern District of New York
- United States District Court, Southern District of New York