Michael K. Duffy

Of Counsel

Mr. Duffy is of-counsel to the Firm. He was formerly associated with the firm of Collier, Halpern and Newberg, LLP, in White Plains.

He is a graduate of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York and the Pace University School of Law. Mr. Duffy is admitted to the Bar in the states of New York and Connecticut, United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, and the Supreme Court of the United States of America.

Mr. Duffy is a former police officer for the City of White Plains, where he served in the Patrol and Detective Divisions, and is the recipient of 33 awards for excellent police work.

As the former Chief Investigator, for the Westchester County District Attorney’s office under Hon. Jeanine F. Pirro, he headed a squad of 38 investigators and was in charge of organized crime, financial crime, public integrity, and Internet sex crime investigations, among others. He was also in charge of the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) unit for Westchester County. HIDTA is a federal program administered by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. Mr. Duffy also ran the Westchester District Attorney’s Narcotic Initiative that conducted all major narcotics investigations county-wide.

As an attorney, Mr. Duffy primarily practices criminal defense law. He is an aggressive advocate for his clients, having defended successfully thousands of cases, true to the PortaleRandazzo form. In his last seven trials, not one client was convicted of a crime. While he handles all aspects of criminal defense, he concentrates on DWI/DUI matters. He has also successfully represented clients who have regained their New York State pistol permits that had been revoked by the courts. Mr. Duffy has successfully argued before the New York State Court of Appeals, New York State’s highest court.

Mr. Duffy has served as a board member for Operation Safe Streets, an entity of the United States Department of Justice, and as an Administrative Law Judge for the County of Westchester.

He is a pro bono Arbitrator for the City Court of White Plains, and is an active member of the New York State, Westchester County, and White Plains Bar associations. Mr. Duffy previously served as an adjunct professor for Monroe College and is a weekly on-air contributor for Westchester radio station WVOX 1460 AM where he provides commentary regarding current legal and law enforcement issues. Mr. Duffy also serves as a moot court judge for the Elizabeth Haub School of Law of Pace University.

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