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 (40%),
  • Business/Corporate (60%),
  • Intellectual Property (0%)
Attorney Profile

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

His General Counsel services are offered primarily in the area of corporate finance.  Dispute resolution services are typically provided in the context of high-stakes litigation with diverse commercial or scientific subject matter, venued in New York City, Washington D.C., and other major cities.  Mr. Pinnisi often is engaged to manage 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 management advice, conducts sensitive internal corporate investigations, and negotiates and drafts complex contracts.

He draws upon more than three decades of experience in public, private, and academic work to bring 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, in-house General Counsel of high tech companies, 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:

  • Best Lawyers in America
  • AV-Preeminent - Judicial Edition 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, Opera Ithaca, Inc.
  • 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 disputed matters handled by Mr. Pinnisi are resolved by settlement agreements that include confidentiality restrictions.  Matters not so restricted include a >$3 million settlement obtained for Strategic Advisory, Inc. in California and Virginia litigation against Thomas Properties Group, Inc., and a >$2 million dollar settlement reached after favorable jury verdict for a private client in a Maryland case against the Washington Gas Company.  Corporate investigations which are not confidential include a review of related party transactions by Emerson Radio Corp.

Representative Clients:

  • Hudson Executive Capital, LP (hedge fund), 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.

Industry Groups

  • Finance
  • High Technology
  • Office Location for Michael D. Pinnisi

    520 Cayuga Heights Road
    Suite 100
    Ithaca, NY 14850


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    Last Updated: 4/3/2017

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