Michael is a founding member of the firm and manages its personal injury practice. He handles complex personal injury matters, is adept at developing complex case strategies, and is a skilled negotiator.
Born in Brooklyn, New York, Michael worked with F. Lee Bailey and Aaron Broder before founding his first firm, Levien & Zwal in 1987. Michael left that firm and soon founded Bamundo Zwal & Schermerhorn with his partners in 2003.
Michael is proud to stand up for “the little guy” and frequently represents people who have cases against large construction companies, corporations, hospitals, and nursing homes.
Michael is a thorough, impeccably prepared and intense litigator who finds satisfaction in balancing the scales of justice for his clients. With a forthright demeanor, Michael is straightforward with his clients and advises them about all of their options when helping then make difficult decisions about a case.
- Wrongful Death
- Complex Litigation
- Automobile Accidents
- Premises Accidents
- Construction Accidents
- Nursing Home Negligence
- Medical Malpractice
- Cardozo School of Law, J.D., 1984
- New York
- United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
- United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
- Pro Hac Vice admission to New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Ohio and Florida
- New York State Trial Lawyers Association
- New York State Bar Association
- New York Civil and Criminal Bar Association
- New York County Lawyers Association
- Jewish Lawyers Guild
- $5 million dollar recovery for a 40-year old electrician who fell from a ladder while working at a construction site, causing career-ending pelvic, back, shoulder and knee injuries.
- $4.25 million dollar recovery for the family of a 42-year old roofer killed by an exposed belt and pulley system in an HVAC unit. In combination with partner Jim Schermerhorn, we were able to hold both the maintenance company and Citibank accountable.
- $3.65 million dollar recovery in a negligence action against a drunk driver ($2.25 million) and a Dram Shop action against the bars who overserved him ($1.4 million) in two separate lawsuits for a 66-year old man struck by a drunk driver, who underwent multiple orthopedic surgeries.
- $4.1 million dollar recovery for a family of five who survived a commercial airline crash.
- $3.5 million dollar recovery in medical malpractice case of a 30 year old man whose lung cancer was not diagnosed for 10 months, after it had metastasized. Of particular note in this case was our ability to get this case resolved quickly to give this client the peace of mind of knowing that his family would be taken care of financially.
- $2.95 million for the wrongful death of a 55-year old woman who was struck by an MTA bus and died shortly afterwards.
- $2.8 million dollar recovery for a the family of a 29-year old undocumented laborer who was killed by the collapse of a retaining wall at a construction site.
- $2.15 million recovery for a 48-year old decorative iron worker who had multiple shoulder surgeries on both shoulders as a result of a construction site accident.
- $2.135 million dollar recovery for 50-year old electrician who fell while working on a ladder at a construction site, requiring him to undergo neck fusion surgery.
- $1.85 million dollar recovery for 2-year old child injured in a fall from a third-story apartment as a result of improper maintenance of window guards.
- $1.8 million dollar recovery for 47-year old woman falsely arrested and assaulted by police, who suffered neck injuries requiring fusion surgery.
- $1.66 million dollar recovery for 29-year old man who suffered a complete laceration of his hamstring and thigh muscles as a result of an improperly guarded newspaper bundling machine at a New York Times plant.
- $1.6 million dollar recovery for 12-year old child who suffered the enucleation of an eye as a result of a hayride accident.
- $1.125 million dollar recovery for electrician who suffered 2nd degree burns over 18% of his body from the ignition of methane gas ignited by an arcing current.
- $1.125 million dollar recovery for the wrongful death of a 36-year old man in a propane gas explosion resulting from poor maintenance of a propane gas distribution system.
- $1 million dollar recovery for the family of a 77-year old partially paralyzed stroke victim who suffered from nursing home neglect and medical malpractice.
Honors and Awards
- Top Attorneys of North America, 2018
- Mass Tort Plaintiff Steering Committee
- Supreme Court, Queens County, Medical Malpractice Panel