Michael S. Kivowitz

Michael S. Kivowitz

Offices: New York

Michael Kivowitz, a partner with Russo & Gould, is a skilled litigator, representing a wide variety of clients in New York State and Federal courts. He has won numerous motions for summary judgment and participated in the subsequent affirmation of many of those decisions on appeal. Michael has represented a wide variety of medical professionals at their depositions, met with medical experts in all specialties of medicine, and successfully argued many motions, all in pursuit of securing favorable outcomes for his clients both in court and at mediation and arbitration.

Prior to joining Russo & Gould, Michael was with two other Manhattan firms. He was most recently the Managing Partner of a major medical malpractice defense firm, where he was responsible for the day-to-day operations and management of the firm, as well as overseeing insurance coverage, human resources and employment issues, all while maintaining his own case load. Prior to working in health care and medical malpractice defense, Michael represented insurance companies in civil RICO claims.

A graduate of University of Miami School of Law, Michael was the Senior Articles and Comments editor for the University of Miami Business Law Review. Michael attended the University of Michigan for his undergraduate degree and is an avid Michigan Wolverines fan. He enjoys spending time with his wife and two children. Michael is the treasurer of the Tenafly Little League and former treasurer of the J. Spencer Smith Elementary School HSA in Tenafly, New Jersey.

2004, University of Miami School of Law, J.D.
2001, University of Michigan, B.A.
● Manage caseload from the discovery phase through trial preparation, including appearing at court conferences, conducting depositions and representing physicians and medical professionals at depositions, substantive motion practice, medical research, trial disclosure and pre-trial and post-trial motions
● Conference cases with clients on regular basis and provide reports regarding defense theories, statutory and regulatory compliance, and sustainable value analysis; provide opinions and education to hospital risk management departments
● Meet with expert witnesses to discuss medical treatment involved in actions, alternative treatment options, defensibility of cases and theories to explore during discovery phase
● Negotiate settlements on behalf of individual and institutional clients during the discovery and pre-trial phases
New York
United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
United States District Court for the Southern District of New York

News Insights

May 19, 2022

David Gould to Present on Defense of Bad Faith Claims

Bad faith law in New York has rarely been more relevant. David Gould will present a CLE program on best practices in the defense of bad faith claims at a New York State Bar Association CLE program on May 24. The program will explore the current state of Bad Faith law in New York, the impact of recent decisions, ethical considerations, the proposed legislation, and practice tips.

May 9, 2022

Russo & Gould Welcomes John Magrino

Russo & Gould welcomes John Magrino back! Before rejoining the firm, John worked with other New York and New Jersey based firms representing clients in all aspects of personal injury litigation both Plaintiff and defense from inception through trial. He has litigated cases in the State and Federal Courts of New York and New Jersey in matters involving motor vehicle accidents, construction accidents, premises liability and product liability. John now brings with him additional experience and his continuing hard work on behalf of his clients.

May 2, 2022

Russo & Gould Attorneys Included in 2022 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

We are proud to share that five of our attorneys have been named 2022 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars in the NY Metro area and Upstate New York! This is a distinction reserved for a select group of attorneys - only five percent per state are named to Super Lawyers and 2.5 percent named to Rising Stars each year. Please join us in congratulating our colleagues on this honor.