Michael F. Armstrong

Michael F. Armstrong

Of CounselNew York, NY

T: (212) 448-1100

F: (212) 448-0066

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Biography

Mr. Armstrong served as Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York, where he was Chief of the Securities Fraud unit, then as Chief Counsel to the "Knapp Commission", investigating corruption in the New York City Police Department. He also served as District Attorney in Queens County and counsel to the New York Urban League. Mr. Armstrong also served on a panel that oversaw the NYPD re-investigation of the 1989 Central Park jogger case and reported its findings to the Police Commissioner. In his private criminal practice, Mr. Armstrong has served as defense counsel and has also conducted company investigations in many high-profile cases, including investigations on behalf of the Audit Committee of Warner Communications, Inc., the Board of the American Broadcasting Company and the Board of Texaco, Inc. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Armstrong was a partner at Lankler, Carragher and Horwitz, LLP.

Mr. Armstrong is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. He served for 30 years as Counsel to the New York Urban League and has served on the Board of Directors for the New York Legal Aid Society and as a member of the Federal Legislation and the Drug Law Evaluation Committees of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.

Mr. Armstrong is named one of the "Best Business Litigation Lawyers in America" by The Best Lawyers in America, a referral guide based on peer reviews. He has received the Norman S. Ostrow Award of the New York Council of Defense Lawyers, the Robert M. Morgenthau Award of the Police Athletic League and the Whitney North Seymour Award of the Federal Bar Council.

Highlighted Matters and Positions

  • Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York, Chief of Securities Fraud Unit.
  • Chief Counsel to the "Knapp Commission," which investigated allegations of police corruption in the New York City Police Department..
  • District Attorney for Queens County, New York.
  • Conducted company investigations on behalf of the Audit Committee of Warner Communications, the Boards of the American Broadcasting Company, Texaco, Inc., and the National Broadcasting Company.
  • Chair of Senator Alfonse D'Amato's Judicial Screening Committee.
  • Member of Governor Hugh Carey's Committee to Evaluate Casino Gambling.
  • Member of the New York Police Department committee to review the Central Park jogger case.
  • Campaign advisor on criminal justice matters to Governor Mario Cuomo.
  • Rendered legal advice to, and served on committees for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York.
  • During the Cold War, traveled to Moscow on behalf of the New York Council on Soviet Jewry to visit and advocate the case of  "Refuseniks."
  • Counsel to the New York Urban League.
  • Chair of the New York City Commission to Combat Police Corruption.
  • Member of various committees of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.
  • Advisor to New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo for investigation into alleged improper influence in the State Police.
  • Member of transition team for New York Attorney General-elect Eric Schneiderman.