Michael Kohan is a graduate of Queens College with a BA in Political Science and dual minors in History and Psychology, where he advanced to the Dean’s List every semester and graduated Magna Cum Laude. Michael went on to receive his Juris Doctor from Hofstra University School of Law, where he was a New York State Bar Association, Trial Lawyer’s Section Statewide Trial Team Champion. As part of his studies, Michael was a student of the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Prior to founding Kohan Law Group, Michael worked at one of Long Island’s largest litigation firms.
In 2018, the Presiding Justice of the Appellate Division, Second Department, appointed Michael to the Court’s Committees on Character and Fitness, in which he continues to proudly serve.
As the founding partner of Kohan Law Group, PC, a boutique, civil litigation firm, Michael has significant experience litigating complex civil litigation matters from inception through trial or settlement. Moreover, Michael proudly volunteers his time as the inaugural member of the personal injury division at Legally Links, a non-profit organization for the needy, including indigent widows and widowers. He has also volunteered his time by speaking regularly at a legal housing clinic in Woodside, NY with a retired Judge of the NYC Civil Court. Since 2015, Michael has been a panelist on the Queens County Bar Association’s annual continuing legal education courses on landlord-tenant law and real estate litigation and he has also presented CLEs on similar topics for the Nassau County Bar Association and Queens County Women’s Bar Association, among other organizations. Among the attendees of these courses have been Judges, attorneys and real estate professionals.
Repeatedly named “Super Lawyer” by Super Lawyers, Michael has experience in many fields, involving both litigation and transactional matters, which has provided him with outstanding foresight and ability to isolate the primary issues in a matter. These skills have resulted in him being appointed as an arbitrator by the Nassau County Bar Association, where he regularly presides in the Nassau County District Court as well as in the New York City Civil Court.
Michael is also an Adjunct Professor of Law at Hofstra Law School where he has taught trial and litigation skills courses. Additionally, Michael serves as a member of the Board of Managers of the Queens County Bar Association and Iranian American Bar Association, President of the Brandeis Association, Treasurer of the Network of Bar Leaders, and member of the New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers. Most recently, in coordination with various Appellate Division and Supreme Court justices, Michael co-founded Jewish Bar Alliance NY, an umbrella non-profit organization representing the local Jewish bar associations in the New York Metropolitan area.
Finally, Michael is the co-founder of the NYC Legal Referral Network, which has hosted regular events among prominent judges and attorneys in Manhattan and beyond and which has been prominently featured in the New York Law Journal. Michael also supports numerous charitable causes, including the Brandeis Scholarship Fund and the Wounded Warrior Project. In his free time, Michael enjoys traveling, trying new restaurants and burning those calories playing ultimate frisbee and golf.
Admitted to Practice In:
- New York
- New Jersey
- California (voluntarily inactive)
- United States Supreme Court
- Federal District Court of the Eastern District of New York
- Federal District Court of the Southern District of New York
- New Jersey Federal District Court