Michael is the Founder and Managing Principal of Hiller, PC, and has been a practicing attorney for more than 25 years. He has dedicated his career to using the law as an instrument for social change and the common good. In connection with his law practice, Michael represents the cannabis industry; medical cannabis physicians and their patients; the disabled; policyholders who have been mistreated by their insurance companies; people unfairly subjected to mortgage foreclosures; individuals who have been deprived of their civil rights; and preservation organizations, neighborhoods and communities against out-of-control real estate development and polluters. Most recently, Michael, along with a team of lawyers and other professionals, sued the United States Government, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the Justice Department and the DEA, arguing that the Controlled Substances Act, as it pertains to the misclassification of cannabis as a Schedule I drug, violates the United States Constitution. The case is currently pending in New York City.
Prior to founding Hiller, PC, Michael was a Professor of Constitutional Law at John Jay College of Criminal Justice for eight years. In addition, Michael has been designated a SuperLawyer by SuperLawyer’s Magazine every year since 2009. He was accepted as a life member of both the Million Dollar and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forums in 2010. He has been a standing mediator for the New York State Supreme Court for more than 13 years. And in 2017, Michael received the Grassroots Preservation Award by the Historic Districts Council for his work on behalf of preservationist organizations in New York City.
In addition to his law practice, Michael is a professional musician and regularly performs with his band, Lunar Tourists, in venues throughout New York City, including as an artist-in-residence at the legendary Bitter End in Greenwich Village. One of the original songs (“Our Medicine”) on his band’s soon-to-be-released CD will be featured in a documentary film, expected to be released in winter 2018. The documentary and song focus on the importance of making Medical Cannabis available to patients worldwide.