Michael E.  Appelbaum

Michael E. Appelbaum



Practice Groups

Michael Appelbaum, a leader of the firm's Retail and General Liability Practice Groups, is a seasoned litigator who tries cases in the state, federal, and appellate courts of New York involving personal injury, sexual torts/abuse, truck and motor vehicle accidents, and the sports and entertainment industry. He has extensive experience successfully defending contractors and owners in construction worksite injury claims invoking New York’s Labor Law. His diverse background also includes the representation of professionals practicing in the medical, mental health and fitness industries. Michael has obtained successful results for his clients at every level of court in New York State.

Michael maintains active memberships in the Bar Association of Erie County and the New York State Bar Association, and is a past director of the Western New York Trial Lawyers Association. He is annually included in Upstate New York Super Lawyers as well as among Western New York’s "Legal Elite," an exclusive list of the area’s most respected attorneys produced by Buffalo Law Journal and Business First.

Michael is active in a number of charitable and youth sports associations and serves as an advisory member of the Sisters Hospital Foundation’s Board of Directors.

  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating: AV Preeminent
  • Upstate New York Super Lawyers, 2013–18
  • Business First's Legal Elite of Western New York, 2015–18
Admitted to Practice
  • New York 
  • Connecticut, 1996
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York
Community Involvement
  • Board of Directors, Sisters Hospital Foundation 
  • Buffalo Shamrocks Hockey Club
  • Quinnipiac University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1997
  • Hobart College, B.A., 1992