Michael P. McDermott

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Albany, NY

O'Connell & Aronowitz, P.C.
 | 54 State Street, Albany, NY 12207
Phone: 518-462-5601
Fax: 518-462-2670
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1990
Education: Albany Law School
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (50%),
  • Criminal Defense (50%)
    Attorney Profile

    Mike is Presdient at O'Connell and Aronowitz. He handles plaintiff’s personal injury cases and criminal defense at O'Connell & Aronowitz firm with a special emphasis in representing children who have suffered brain injuries as a result of lead paint poisoning. Mike has handled or supervised over three dozen homicide prosecutions, trying many of those cases to verdict, and he is a court-appointed special prosecutor in homicide cases in Albany and Rensselaer counties.

    While in law school, Mike was an Associate Editor of the Albany Law Review. Upon graduation, he entered the Albany County District Attorney’s Office as an assistant district attorney under the Hon. Sol Greenberg. In 1991 he was hired by the Hon. Mary Donohue as Chief Assistant District Attorney of Rensselaer County.

    After leaving the Rensselaer County DA’s Office, Mike was a partner in the former Albany law firm of Bouck, Holloway, Kiernan and Casey where he specialized in defending insurance carriers in arson cases. In 2002, he returned to the Albany County District Attorney’s Office as Chief Assistant District Attorney under the Hon. Paul A. Clyne. In 2004, Mike was named New York State Arson Prosecutor of the Year by the New York State Fire Investigators Association.

    Mike continued to serve in the Albany County District Attorney’s Office as Chief Assistant under the Hon. P. David Soares until January of 2007, when he became Of Counsel to our firm. Also in 2007, he was appointed by Gov. Eliot Spitzer to the New York State Commission on Sentencing Reform. He previously served as a member of the City of Albany Gun Violence Task Force.

    For the sixth consecutive year, Mike was named to the 2019 Upstate New York Super Lawyers list, a distinction earned by less than 5% of the attorneys in the state. He serves on the board of directors of TASC, Inc. a local not-for-profit corporation providing residential drug treatment as an alternative to incarceration for eligible offenders in the Capital District, and he also serves as President of the Albany County Bar Association.

    In addition to the practice of law, Mike has been an adjunct professor at Siena College and Southern Vermont College. He has lectured on legal issues for the New York State Bar Association, the Albany County Bar Association, the Schenectady County Bar Association, the New York State Prosecutors Training Institute, Albany Law School, and the National Business Institute.

    Practice Areas
    • 50%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
    • 50%Criminal Defense


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    Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2021

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    About Michael McDermott

    Admitted: 1990, New York

    Professional Webpage: https://www.oalaw.com/team_member/michael-p-mcdermott/


    • Appoint by the Governor as a Commissioner on the New York State Commission on Sentencing Reform, 2007
    • Invited Keynote Speaker at the Col. Henry F. Williams International Homicide Seminar, Keynote Speaker, New York State Police, 2006
    • Honored as "Prosecutor of the Year" by the New York State Arson Investigators Association in recognition of excellence in the field of arson prosecutions., 2004
    • Associate Editor, Albany Law Review

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Member, House of Delegates, New York State Bar Association, 2020
    • President, Albany County Bar Association, 2020
    • Member, New York State Bar Association Committee on Youth Courts
    • Member of the Board of Directors of the Albany County Bar Assocition.

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Appointed by the Mayor of the City of Albany as a member of the Gun Violence Taskforce.
    • Member of the Board of Directors of TASC of the Capital District, Inc., a not-for-profit agency dedicated to providing alternatives to incarceration, 

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Adjunct Professor, Siena College
    • Adjunct Professor, Southern Vermont College
    • Frequent Lecturer, National Business Institute
    • Program Chair, New York State Bar Association CLE program on Insurance Coverage
    • Lecturer, New York Prosecutor's Training Institute
    • Lecturer, New York State Bar Association CLE programs on trial practice
    • Lecturer, New York State Trial Lawyer's Association


    • White Collar Prosecution Date:  Not Guilty Verdict for client facing multiple federal charges for unlawful operation of casino. Not guilty on all counts., 2013


    • Author, "Criminal Law Update" column in the Albany County Bar Association newsletter

    Educational Background:

    • B.A., English Siena College, Loudonville, New York, 1983
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    Office Location for Michael P. McDermott

    54 State Street
    Albany, NY 12207

    Phone: 518-462-5601

    Fax: 518-462-2670

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