Officers & Trustees Bergen Bar
Bergen County Bar Association’s
Michael J. Epstein, Esq.
Michael J. Epstein was elected as the 118th President of the Bergen County Bar Association on April 14, 2016. He has been an active member of the Bar Association since 2000, including his service as a Trustee and officer since 2005. Michael begins his term as President following many years of dedication, devotion, and service to the Bar Association and the profession.
Michael is currently a partner at The Epstein Law Firm, P.A., in Rochelle Park, New Jersey. In his private practice, Michael works almost exclusively in the field of civil litigation where he primarily represents and tries cases for clients who have suffered injuries, losses, and harms as a result of car accidents, premises accidents, construction accidents, medical and other professional malpractice, and employment discrimination or harassment. Michael also handles general civil and business litigation matters for both plaintiffs and defendants, including, real estate and business transactions, contracts, and employment matters. As a result of his experience, Michael has been certified as a Civil Trial Attorney by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.
Prior to becoming a partner at The Epstein Law Firm, Michael worked in New York City for Davis, Polk and Wardell, and had two clerkships, one for The Honorable Alfred M. Wolin, United District Court for the District of New Jersey, Newark, New Jersey, and the other for The Honorable Marie L. Garibaldi, Supreme Court of New Jersey, Jersey City, New Jersey. While he worked for Davis Polk & Wardwell, Michael was an associate in the litigation department working mostly on securities fraud cases. During his clerkship for Judge Wolin, Michael oversaw one-half of Judge Wolin’s civil docket, and assisted in drafting opinions and orders for pending motions and cases. While clerking for Justice Garibaldi, Michael researched and wrote bench memoranda and assisted in the drafting and editing of majority and dissenting opinions for the Supreme Court of New Jersey.
Michael graduated from Hamilton College in 1993 with a B.A. degree in Economics with honors, and was Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude. Michael received his law degree from Harvard Law School in 1996 and was Cum Laude. He is admitted to practice law in New Jersey, New York, the United District Court for the District of New Jersey, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.
Through the years, Michael has served on numerous committees for the Bar Association, including, being the co-chair of the Civil Practice Committee since 2003, the Bench Bar Committee, the Committee on Public Image/Quality of Life of Attorneys, and the Annual Dinner Committee. Michael is on the Board of Governors for the New Jersey Association of Justice where he is also on the Civil Practice Committee and co-chairs the Amicus Committee. Michael is also a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association, and serves on the New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on Model Civil Jury Charges.
Michael has been recognized as a New Jersey Super Lawyer since 2009, and since 2014, he has been recognized as a Top 100 New Jersey Super Lawyer. Michael is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, and was named a Top 10 Personal Injury Lawyer under the age of 45 several years ago.
Michael and his father are only the third father and son to be the President of the Bergen County Bar Association as Barry D. Epstein was President of the Bergen County Bar Association in 1987-1988. Michael and his wife Tracy currently reside in Wyckoff, New Jersey, and are the proud parents of Camden, Dylan, and Ashton.