Jeannie D. Michalski, Esq.
Jeannie D. Michalski, Esq., has over 16 years experience as an attorney in the Upstate New York area. Ms. Michalski has what she defines as an “integrated practice.” She represents individuals in criminal and family law cases, which include divorce and domestic violence. Ms. Michalski believes it to be a necessity to specialize in both the criminal law and family law arena because they so often overlap and directly effect one another.
Regularly, when a client is facing a divorce or custody battle in court they may find themselves in criminal court due to a heated argument that lead to the police being called. Now, in addition to the stressful family issues they are managing, these clients are also confronted with an order of protection against them in criminal court or domestic violence court. They need an attorney that has the capability to handle both issues and handle them well.
Another common issue that may arise during this tumultuous time is DWI or a drug related offense. Too often Ms. Michalski’s clients who are dealing with family court or divorce find themselves overwhelmed and have “a few too many” and then drive home. Next thing they know, these normally responsible individuals have been arrested for a crime such as DWI and their spouse or child’s parent is threatening to use this transgression against them in Court.
By being skilled in both the family law / divorce arena and the criminal law arena, Ms. Michalski is able to meet her client’s needs in total and protect their rights and liberties. She draws on her education and prior work experiences to provide zealous representation to her clients.
Ms. Michalski graduated magna cum laude from Nazareth College and attended the University of Dayton School of Law where she was awarded a scholarship for community service. She began her legal career by serving as a judicial clerk and interning at the Legal Aid Society of Rochester. Ms. Michalski has been engaged in the practice of law in New York State for over sixteen years.
Ms. Michalski served as an Assistant District Attorney in Monroe County for the first seven years of her legal career, where she successfully prosecuted hundreds of criminal cases. She began handling misdemeanors in the city and town courts and went on to prosecute serious felony cases in county and supreme court.
After leaving the District Attorney's office, Ms. Michalski was employed by University of Rochester to participate in the Psychiatry Department’s Laboratory for Interpersonal Violence and Victimization. Here, she managed a research project aimed at aiding victims of domestic violence. This project took place at the Domestic Violence Court, in Rochester, New York. During her experiences there, she was driven to learn all the facets of family law so she could better help individuals facing these complicated legal situations. Ms. Michalski then began private practice handling criminal and family law cases and also worked part-time at the Livingston County Public Defender’s Office representing indigent clients on family court cases pertaining to domestic violence, child custody, support, visitation, neglect and abuse proceedings and permanency hearings.
Currently Ms. Michalski defends people in criminal court on charges such as DWI, drug sale and possession, larceny, and assault, and also represents individuals in matters such as divorce, custody, visitation, domestic violence, abuse and neglect, and support. Having experience in both criminal and family law allows her to competently and effectively meet the legal challenges her clients are facing.
In addition to her private practice, Ms. Michalski believes in being active in her community. She currently runs the Livingston County Conflict Defender’s Office which represents indigent individuals on criminal and family court matters.
In addition to practicing law, she is active in the local Bar Association. Ms. Michalski also makes presentations to community groups on the impact of domestic violence on communities and families. She has also taught legal courses at Finger Lakes Community College, Monroe Community College, St. John Fisher, and the Rochester Police Academy.
J.D., University of Dayton School of Law, Dayton, Ohio, 1998
Honors: Lorraine Nancy O' Sullivan Memorial Scholarship for Service
B.S., (Magna Cum Laude), Nazareth College, Rochester, New York, 1994
Major: Business Administration
Livingston County Bar Association
- Business Law, Finger Lakes Community College
- Police Recruit Training, Monroe Community College Public Safety Training Center
- Business/Criminal Law, St. John Fisher College
- Livingston County Public Defender Office, Assistant Public Defender, 2008 - 2010
- University of Rochester, Department of Psychiatry, Associate, 2007-2009
- Private Practice and Attorney for the Child, 2008 – present
- MAXIMUS Federal Services, Appeal Officer, 2006-2007
- Monroe County District Attorney's Office, Assistant District Attorney, 1999 - 2006
- Phi Alpha Delta