The founder of Firestone Law PLLC, Michael Firestone is a litigator and business advisor who has represented companies and individuals in state and federal courts and in arbitration proceedings in a broad range of commercial matters, including complex contract and fraud cases, business divorces, real estate litigation, securities litigation, and claims for breach of fiduciary duty. Michael also represents individuals in the formation of business entities, with a particular focus on the drafting and negotiation of shareholder, partnership and operating agreements. In 2020 and 2021, Michael was recognized as a “Super Lawyer” for Business Litigation in New York Metro SuperLawyer Magazine, and was previously included in that publication as a Rising Star.

A graduate of New York University School of Law, Michael began his career in the litigation department of Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, LLP. He then joined the leading international law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges, LLP, where he spent nearly eight years working on a diverse array of cases, such as litigation arising out of a billion-dollar management buyout, representing a private equity company in connection with claims for securities fraud, and representing the estate of Lehman Brothers in connection with various disputes arising out of its historic bankruptcy. Before starting his own firm, Michael was of counsel to a boutique New York firm, Levin & Glasser, P.C., where his practice focused on representing privately held businesses in commercial disputes and individuals seeking to legally separate their interests from their business partners.

Michael has lectured on the topic of business divorce, and he is the author of an article on the management of limited liability companies under New York law.

​Michael lives with his wife and two children on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.

Education

J.D., New York University School of Law, 2003
B.A., Queens College, 1999

Bar Admissions

New York State
U.S. Court of Appeals, 2d Circuit
U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York

Business Litigation

  • A party in a multi-million-dollar arbitration proceeding concerning ownership of the business in which the client contended that he and the opposing party entered into a partnership, while the other side denied partnership and expelled our client from the business
  • A crypto-currency company in connection with claims for breach of contract against an acquiror
  • A Hong Kong-based company in connection with its successful objection to a derivative settlement agreement
  • A security company and its managers against claims for breach of fiduciary duty, demand for books and records, and accounting alleged by a minority member
  • A tech start-up company and its managing member against claims for breach of fiduciary duty and breach of contract
  • A party against its former business partners in a real estate advisory firm in an action seeking a declaration that a partnership existed and damages for breach of contract and fraud
  • A party against its former business partner in a ladies’ apparel business in an action for breach of operating agreement and breach of fiduciary duty
  • A former limited liability company manager against claims for breach of fiduciary duty and counterclaims against the current managers for indemnification

Business Partnership Agreements

  • A party in the break-up of a business partnership that owned and developed multiple properties in Brooklyn for which we successfully negotiated resolution where each party divided buildings between them
  • A party in the break-up of a business partnership that owned multiple properties in Manhattan for which we successfully negotiated resolution whereby the client received multiple co-op units in return for his partnership interest
  • A party in a break-up of a business partnership that owned a film production company for which we successfully negotiated the buyout of the other side so our client was able to keep the business
  • A shareholder/employee in connection with his resignation from a family-owned manufacturing business and the subsequent purchase of his shares by the company

Business Divorce

  • A construction management company in connection with a shareholder agreement among the founder and his successors
  • An internationally known chef in the negotiation of an operating agreement for a new restaurant business venture
  • Parties in the formation of a real estate investment company

Education

J.D., New York University School of Law, 2003
B.A., Queens College, 1999

Bar Admissions

New York State
U.S. Court of Appeals, 2d Circuit
U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York

Education

J.D., New York University School of Law, 2003
B.A., Queens College, 1999

Bar Admissions

New York State
U.S. Court of Appeals, 2d Circuit
U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York