Michael E. Basile

Michael E. Basile

Shareholder/Principal
Chairman of the Litigation Department
Location:
Schenectady, New York
Phone:
518-631-5609
866-719-3514
Fax:
518-374-9416
Email:

Michael E. Basile has been practicing law since 1984 and has been the chairman of the Litigation Department for Higgins, Roberts, Beyerl & Coan, P.C. since 1991.

Year Joined Firm

  • 1989

Areas of Practice

  • 30% Personal Injury Litigation
  • 3% Education Law
  • 10% Medical Malpractice
  • 30% Matrimonial Law
  • 10% Commercial Litigation
  • 2% Criminal Law
  • 3% Traffic Violations
  • 5% Constitutional
  • 5% Discrimination
  • 2% Landlord/Tenant

Litigation Percentage

  • 95% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • New York, 1984
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of New York, 1984

Education

  • Albany Law School of Union University, Albany, New York
    • J.D. - 1983
    • Honors: Member of Junior Bar Based on Oral Advocacy Skills
    • Honors: Gabrielli Moot Court Competition, Participant, 1981
    • Honors: John Alexander Memorial Scholarship, Recipient
    • Honors: Junior Bar, Member
    • Honors: 743 score on LSAT
  • Siena College, Londonville, New York
    • B.A. cum laude - May, 1980
    • Honors: New York Gamma Chapter of Pi Gamma Mu, Member
    • Honors: Dean's List
    • Honors: Omicron-XI Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, Membership nomination
    • Honors: 3.45 overall cumulative g.p.a.
    • Major: Political Science
  • Linton High School, Schenectady, NY
    • Honors: Graduated with honors
    • Honors: Member of National Honor Society

Representative Cases

  • Calabrese Bakeries, Inc. v. Rockland Bakery, Inc., 2016 WL 2746486 (2016)
  • Calabrese Bakeries Inc. v. Rockland Bakery, Inc., 102 AD3d 1033 (2013)
  • Dribusch v. Zebrowski, 2013 WL 5929148 (N.D.N.Y., 2013)
  • Giminiani v. Cesar, 536 Fed.Appx. 85 (C.A.2, 2013)
  • Shah v. Union College, 97 AD3d 949 (2012)
  • Calabrese Bakeries v. Rockland Bakery, Inc., 83 AD3d1060 (2011)
  • Calabrese Bakeries v. Rockland Bakery, Inc., 83 AD3d 1080 (2011)
  • Hess v. Wojcik-Hess, 86 AD 3d 847 (2011)
  • Hess v. Wojcik-Hess, 2010 WL 346284 (NDNY, 2010)
  • Fera v. City of Albany, 2008 WL 2949280 (2008)
  • Empie v. Empie, 846 NYS 2d 811 (2007)
  • Zahran v. Niskayuna Central School District, 2004 WL 12429 62 (2004)
  • VanSchaick v. Union College, 728 NYS 2d 275 (2001)
  • Andrews v. Trustco Bank, 735 NYS 2d 640 (2001)
  • Liberty Mgmt. v. Town of Glenville, 728 NYS 2d 262 (2001)
  • Maras v. Board of Education, 712 N.Y.S. 2d 208 (2000)
  • Union College v. City of Schenectady, 91 NY 2d 161 (1997)
  • Norman v. Amphenol 956 F. Supp. 158 (1997)
  • Planck v. Niskayuna Central School District, 666 NYS 2d 740 (1997)
  • Meditrust v. Fahey 664 NYS 2d 874 (1997)
  • Meditrust v. Fahey 641 NYS 2d 202 (1996)
  • Guntur v. Union College, 1992 WL 209322 (1992)
  • General Electric Technical Services Co., Inc. v. Clinton 577 NYS 2d 719 (1991)
  • Charlay v. Northeast Savings, F.A. 577 NYS2d 917 (1991)
  • DeBrino v. Benaquista, 154 AD2d 812 (1989)
  • Pier v. Pavement Resources 144 AD2d 803 (1988)
  • Powers v. Niagara Mohawk Power Corp., 516 NYS 2d 811(1987)

Classes/Seminars

  • AObligations Surrounding Retention of Wills,@ Schenectady County Bar Association Newsletter, November 2007
  • “President’s Message”, Schenectady County Bar Association Newsletter, September, 2011
  • “President’s Message- Roadmap to Success”, Schenectady County Bar Association Newsletter, November, 2011
  • “President’s Message- Lessons Learned”, Schenectady County Bar Association Newsletter, January, 2012
  • “President’s Message- Am I Honorable?”, Schenectady County Bar Association Newsletter, April, 2012
  • “President’s Message- Anatomy of a President’s Message”, Schenectady County Bar Association Newsletter, June, 2012
  • “President’s Message –Picking a Winner”, Schenectady County Bar Association Newsletter, September, 2012
  • “President’s Message – Giving Thanks”, Schenectady County Bar Association Newsletter, November, 2012
  • “President’s Message – First Impressions”, Schenectady County Bar Association Newsletter, January, 2013
  • “President’s Message – Wither the Future of the Profession?”, Schenectady County Bar Association Newsletter, April, 2013
  • “Practice Pointer: Tort Claims” - Schenectady County Bar Association Newsletter, April, 2013
  • “President’s Message – Elephant Bones” - Schenectady County Bar Association Newsletter, June, 2013
  • Oral Presentation – September 13, 2014 Seminar at Union College, Schenectady – “Addressing Complex Hearing Board Issues”
  • Oral Presentation – September 19, 2015 Judicial Board Training Session Seminar at Union College, Schenectady – “Litigation Issues and Forensic Evidence”
  • Co-Moderator- November 15 &17, 2016- Acces-VR Impartial Hearing Officer Panel Discussions
  • Mock Trial Judge- Annual Schenectady County Bar Association Mock Trial Tournament

Honors and Awards

  • Named Lawyer of the Year, 2008 by the Schenectady County Bar Association

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Albany County Bar Association, Lawyer Referral Committee, Member
  • New York State Bar Association, Lawyer Referral Committee, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • New York State Trial Lawyers Association, Member
  • American Association for Justice, Member
  • Capital District Trial Lawyers Association, Member
  • Capital Region Bankruptcy Association, Member
  • New York State Defenders Association, Member
  • National Association of College and University Attorneys, Member
  • Schenectady County Bar Association , Vice-President, 2009 - 2011
  • Schenectady County Bar Association , President, 2011 - 2013
  • National Italian American Bar Association, Member
  • Schenectady County Bar Association, Board Member, 2013 - 2016
  • Schenectady County Bar Association, Secretary, 1994 - 1995
  • Schenectady County Bar Association, Constitutional Committee, Chairman, 2002 - 2003
  • Schenectady County Bar Association, Continuity Committee, Chairman, 2006 - 2011
  • Schenectady County Bar Association, Nominating Committee, Chairman, 2008 - Present

Past Employment Positions

  • Schenectady County District Attorney, Special Prosecutor, 2010 - Present
  • Grasso, Rodriguez, Putorti & Grasso, Attorney, 1984 - 1989
  • New York State Department of Law, Albany, NY, Legal Intern, 1981 - Present
  • Paul F. Donohue Associates, P.C., Legal Intern, 1981 - 1983
  • Grasso, Rodriguez, Putorti and Grasso, Legal Intern, 1983 - 1984

Pro Bono Activities

  • Member of National Pro Bono Attorney Panel for Schenectady County

Fraternities/Sororities

  • Phi Gamma Mu
  • Pi Alpha Theta