Michael S. Hiller

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Land Use & Zoning Attorney in New York, NY

Hiller, PC
 | 641 Lexington Ave, 29th Floor
New York, NY 10022
Phone: 212-319-4000
Fax: 212-753-4530
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2010 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1992
Practice Areas:
  • Land Use/Zoning (40%),
  • Business Litigation (20%),
  • Insurance Coverage (10%),
  • Constitutional Law (10%),
  • Cannabis Law (10%),
  • Business/Corporate (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    As the managing principal and founder of Hiller, PC, Michael believes that the law should be used as an instrument for the betterment of society and to achieve social justice.  He focuses his practice on business and commercial litigation, land-use litigation, zoning litigation, preservation law and litigation, environmental law and litigation, insurance litigation, stopping bad-faith denials of insurance benefits, construction litigation, and cannabis law and litigation. 

    After earning a Bachelor's of Arts in history and graduating with distinction and high honors from Union College, Michael went on to attend American University, Washington College of Law, where he was a member of the National Moot Court Team. He received his Juris Doctor in 1991, graduating cum laude.

    Over the course of his career, Michael has built a reputation on aggressively fighting for his clients' rights in claims against local and state governments, as well as multinational corporations and other large institutions.  He has been recognized as a SuperLawyer every year since 2010; was designated a Life Member of the Million Dollar and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum (2010) -- a distinction conferred on less than 1% of lawyers in the United States; received the Grass Roots Preservation Award from the Historic Districts Council (2017); was named Advocate of the year (2018); and was named one of the top 30 cannabis litigators in the United States by MG Magazine (2018).

    Michael is admitted to the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York and the United States Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit. In addition to his work in the courtroom, Michael is a mediator for the Commercial Division of the Supreme Court of the State of New York. He also taught constitutional law at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice as an adjunct Professor of Law from 2005 to 2013.

    Practice Areas
    • 40%Land Use/Zoning
    • 20%Business Litigation
    • 10%Insurance Coverage
    • 10%Constitutional Law
    • 10%Cannabis Law
    • 10%Business/Corporate
    Focus Areas

    Non-Compete Agreements, Insurance, Bad Faith Insurance, Business Formation and Planning, Limited Liability Companies, Partnership, Contracts, Business Organizations


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    Super Lawyers: 2010 - 2020

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    About Michael Hiller

    Admitted: 1992, New York

    Professional Webpage: http://www.hillerpc.com/our-team/michael-s-hiller/


    • Mr. Hiller was selected to be a Lifetime Member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, an exclusive organization whose membership consists of attorneys who have obtained verdicts and/or settlements in excess of $2 Million., 2010
    • Received the National Hope Award for work in support of victims who have been disproportionately and unconstitutionally affected by the CSA., Hope Award, Cannabis Business Association , 2018
    • Designated one of the Top 30 Cannabis Lawyers in the United States, Top 30 Cannabis Litigators in the United States, MG Magazine, 2018
    • Named Advocate of the Year for having prosecuted claims against the Justice Department for violations of the Constitution., Advocate of the Year, Canna Gather (NY), 2018
    • Juris Doctor Degree, cum laude , American University, Washington College of Law, 1991
    • Managing Member, 2012
    • Named to the National Moot Court Team, National Moot Court Team, American University, Washington College of Law, 1989
    • Designated a SuperLawyer every year since 2010, Named a SuperLawyer - New York Metro, 2010
    • Received Grassroots Preservation Award for having successfully defended and preserved multiple historic properties throughout New York City., Grassroots Preservation Award , Historic District Council, 2017

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, 2010
    • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, 1993
    • Million Dollar Advocates Forum, 2010
    • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 1993
    • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, 1999
    • New York, 1992
    • New Jersey, 1999

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • "ERISA: An Introduction to Human Resources and the Law"
    • Guest Lecturer, New York University, Stern School of Business, 2003
    • July/August 2002, "Aggrieved Disability Policyholders in New York are not Limited to Past Benefits as Remedy," 74 NYSBA J. 6 at 32
    • September 19, 2001, "Acts of War Exclusions Do Not Apply in Tragedy," 226 N.Y.L.J. 56 at p.1, col. 1
    • Author of Book Review for the New York Law Journal, Author, Quest for Justice: Defending the Damned (A Review), New York Law Journal, 1
    • Association of Trial Lawyers of America Feb. 2002
    • June 4, 1999, "Application of the Statute of Limitations for Rent Overcharge Claims under the Loft Law," 221 N.Y.L.J. 106 at p. 1, col. 1
    • "The Aftermath of Wurm v. Commercial Insurance"


    • Wurm v. Commercial Insurance, et al. (N.Y. Sup. Ct.) $4,022,550 Index No.: 602270/96 (Disability Insurance Verdict)
    • $850,000 settlement on behalf of a disabled policyholder in a RICO action
    • $1,190,000 settlement from Lloyds of London in the matter styled Green v. Combined Life Ins. 

    Other Outstanding Achievements:

    • Selected to serve as a Standing Mediator for the New York State Supreme Court, Commercial Division, 2005
    • Selected to serve as a Standing Arbitrator for the New York City Civil Court, Kings County, 2010
    • Named as Adjunct Professor of Law, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, 2005

    Educational Background:

    • Union College, Schenectady, NY USA, B.A. History with High Honors and Distinction, Dean's List, Delphic Honor Society 

    Industry Groups

    • Cannabis Cultural Association
    • Historic Districts Council
    • Landmark West!
    • Representing Policyholders Only
    • Save America's Clocks
    • Save Gansevoort
    • Save Manhattan Valley
    • TriBeCa Trust
    • Women Grow (Cannabis Trade Organization)
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    • “Mr. Hiller has earned a position of respect and admiration as one of the finest attorneys practicing in the Insurance field. My personal experiences with his efficiency and effectiveness in this practice area and many others is the reason I am nominating him as a Super Lawyer.”

    These comments were made by fellow attorneys during the annual nomination process.

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    Office Location for Michael S. Hiller

    641 Lexington Ave
    29th Floor
    New York, NY 10022

    Phone: 212-319-4000

    Fax: 212-753-4530

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