Michael D. Pinnisi

Michael D. Pinnisi

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in Ithaca, NY

Pinnisi & Anderson
 | 520 Cayuga Heights Road, Suite 100
Ithaca, NY 14850
Phone: 607-257-8000
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2008, 2013 - 2017
Licensed Since: 1986
Practice Areas:
  • Business Litigation (60%),
  • Business/Corporate (30%),
  • Intellectual Property (10%)
Attorney Profile

Mr. Pinnisi provides General Counsel and business dispute resolution services for corporate clients across the country.

Most frequently he conducts high-stakes litigation with diverse commercial or scientific subject matter in New York City, Washington D.C., and other major cities.  He often acts as "turnaround" counsel, undertaking cases after other lawyers failed to achieve satisfactory results.  He manages cases and matters being handled by other law firms, in the manner of an in-house counsel.  His cases have been resolved successfully by negotiation, applications to the court, and jury verdicts, as the matter required.  He provides litigation risk and contract advice for executives and boards of directors, and he has conducted sensitive internal corporate investigations. He negotiates and drafts complex contracts, with subject matter at times valued into hundreds of millions of dollars.

He draws upon over three decades of experience in public, private, and academic work to bring a rounded judgment to his engagements.  His professional experience includes service as an Honor Program Trial Attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice, an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York, a special-assignment AUSA in Washington, D.C., an associate with Shearman & Sterling and Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, General Counsel of Kionix, Inc. and Cognitive Science LLC, and an Adjunct Professor of Law at Cornell Law School.

He is an honor graduate of Cornell University and Cornell Law School, a frequent speaker to bar and business groups, and a recipient of awards for upholding high ethical standards in the practice of law.

About Michael Pinnisi

Admitted 1986, New York

Professional Webpage: http://www.pinnisianderson.com/Michael-Pinnisi.html

Honors and Awards:

  • AV-Preeminent rating by Martindale-Hubbell
  • 10/10 Superb rating by Avvo
  • Phi Delta Phi Honorary Inductee for exemplary ethics in the practice of law, Harrop Freeman Prize for advancement of civil rights in practice

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • New York State Bar Association

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Board of Directors, The Ithaca Shakespeare Company, Inc.
  • Former Member, Board of Directors:  American Red Cross, Tompkins County Chapter (Chair, Audit Committee, member, Executive Committee); Community Building Works, Inc.; FIRST (i.e., Foundation for Ichthyosis and Related Skin Types); Historic Ithaca; Ithaca Community Childcare Center.

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Frequently invited to speak at venues including American Bar Association Annual Convention, Martindale-Hubbel "Counsel to Counsel" seminar, New York State Bar Association CLE programs, Cornell Law School, Ithaca College, and many local and regional bar and business groups on subjects including dispute resolution methods, negotiation and settlement, ethical conduct in legal practice, trade secret and patent protection, technology transfer, proactive measures to reduce litigation risk, and sundry specific subjects.

Verdicts and Settlements:

  • Most matters handled by Mr. Pinnisi are resolved by negotiated resolutions with confidentiality restrictions.  Matters not so restricted include a ~$3 million dollar settlement obtained for Strategic Advisory, Inc. in litigation of related cases against Thomas Properties Group, Inc. in federal courts in California and Virginia, and a ~$2 million dollar settlement (after favorable jury verdict) for a private client against the Washington Gas Company in federal court in Maryland.  Corporate investigations include a review of related party transactions conducted for the Emerson Radio Corp. Audit Committee. 


  • Supervised restructuring and/or sale of businesses across New York State with transaction values ranging up to hundreds of millions.  Negotiated and drafted many technology transfers, joint research arrangements, IP licenses, executive employments, vendor and customer terms, and other contracts.  Served as outside Chief IP Officer for patent exchange company.

Representative Clients:

  • Hudson Executive Capital, LP (hedge fund), Druyan-Sagan Associates, Inc. (scientific media publication), Travis Hyde Properties (real estate development), Strategic Advisory, Inc. (business consulting), Xiotech Corporation (data storage systems), Emerson Radio Corporation, Audit Committee (consumer electronics), Emigra Group, LLC (immigration services), Wellgate Products, LLC (athletic equipment), Glyph Technologies (professional audio electronics), Hemlock Properties LLC (real estate development), ActionXL LLC (computer software services), Cognitive Science LLC (behavioral science programs), Silicon Video, Inc. (digital imaging), Agave Biosystems, Inc. (biotechnology research), various financiers and attorneys regarding confidential matters.

Educational Background:

  • Cornell University, College of Arts & Sciences, A.B. cum laude Cornell Law School, J.D.
Office Location for Michael D. Pinnisi

520 Cayuga Heights Road
Suite 100
Ithaca, NY 14850


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Last Updated: 5/27/2016

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