Michael S. Hiller

Attorney Profile

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

Hiller, PC
 | 600 Madison Ave Fl 22nd, New York, NY 10022
Phone: 212-319-4000
Fax: 212-753-4530
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2010 - 2018
Licensed Since: 1992
Practice Areas:
  • Land Use/Zoning (40%),
  • Business Litigation (30%),
  • Constitutional Law (10%),
  • Business/Corporate (10%),
  • Insurance Coverage (10%)
Attorney Profile

As the managing principal and founder of Hiller, PC, Michael S. Hiller is committed to serving clients in New York, New York. He focuses his practice on business and commercial litigation, land use litigation, zoning litigation, insurance law, bad faith denial of disability insurance benefits, construction litigation, cannabis law and transactional law. He is admitted to practice law in the states of New York and New Jersey.

After earning a Bachelor of Arts in history with distinction and high honors from Union College, Mr. Hiller went on to attend American University Washington College of Law. He received his Juris Doctor in 1991, graduating cum laude.

Over the course of his career, Mr. Hiller 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 was one of the first attorneys to use the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act when prosecuting claims of disability and insurance carrier fraud. Mr. Hiller's notable successes also include winning, what was at the time, the largest verdict in a New York State disability insurance case.

Mr. Hiller 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, he is also an arbitrator for cases in The Civil Court of the City of New York and a mediator for the commercial division of the Supreme Court of the State of New York. Mr. Hiller also taught criminal justice and constitutional law at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice as an adjunct professor of law.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Land Use/Zoning (40%)

Business Litigation (30%): Non-Compete Agreements

Constitutional Law (10%)

Business/Corporate (10%): Business Formation and Planning, Limited Liability Companies, Partnership, Contracts, Business Organizations

Insurance Coverage (10%): Insurance, Bad Faith Insurance

Focus Areas

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


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Super Lawyers: 2010 - 2018

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About Michael Hiller

Admitted: 1992, New York

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


  • Managing Member, 2012
  • 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
  • Named a SuperLawyer - New York Metro, 2010
  • Juris Doctor Degree, cum laude , American University, Washington College of Law, 1991
  • (4)20 Champion Award (for Advocacy in Support of Cannabis De-Scheduling) (2018)
  • New York City Grassroots Preservation Award (2017)
  • National Moot Court Team, American University, Washington College of Law

Bar/Professional Activity:

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

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Guest Lecturer, New York University, Stern School of Business, 2003
  • 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
  • "The Aftermath of Wurm v. Commercial Insurance"
  • "ERISA: An Introduction to Human Resources and the Law"
  • 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
  • September 19, 2001, "Acts of War Exclusions Do Not Apply in Tragedy," 226 N.Y.L.J. 56 at p.1, col. 1
  • July/August 2002, "Aggrieved Disability Policyholders in New York are not Limited to Past Benefits as Remedy," 74 NYSBA J. 6 at 32


  • $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. 
  • Wurm v. Commercial Insurance, et al. (N.Y. Sup. Ct.) $4,022,550 Index No.: 602270/96 (Disability Insurance Verdict)

Representative Clients:

  • Coalition Citizens Defending Libraries 
  • Free Country
  • Edmund Morris Annalynn Swann
  • Slotnick Shapiro & Crocker Schain Leifer Guralnick
  • The Display Link Bish Creative Display 
  • LTD Institute for Integrative Nutrition Sheridan Broadcasting Corporation

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • 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
  • Selected to serve as a Standing Mediator for the New York State Supreme Court, Commercial Division, 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.

Office Location for Michael S. Hiller

600 Madison Ave Fl 22nd
New York, NY 10022

Phone: 212-319-4000

Fax: 212-753-4530

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Last Updated: 7/5/2018

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