Michael Hess is a senior counsel at Dorf & Nelson with decades of experience in civil and criminal litigation in a wide variety of federal and state courts.
While serving as corporation counsel of the city of New York, Mr. Hess litigated thousands of trial and appellate cases. As chief of the civil division and chief appellate attorney in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, he represented the United States in numerous major cases, including the Pentagon Papers case against The New York Times. Prior to serving as the city’s head lawyer, Mr. Hess has been a senior partner in three prominent New York City law firms, practicing in such areas as litigation, antitrust, bankruptcy, securities, labor, environmental and commercial law. He has personally tried many jury and non-jury cases in various federal and state courts. In addition, he has argued appeals in the Second Circuit, the New York Court of Appeals and other appellate courts.
Mr. Hess has extensive business and management experience. Serving as a trustee appointed by the federal government, he operated the S&A Concrete Company, one of the largest concrete and construction businesses in New York City.