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Michael Manarel focuses his practice on Professional Liability, and during his career he has developed a broad range of litigation experience. A portion of Mr. Manarel’s practice is focused on construction injury and construction defect litigation, where he regularly defends general contractors, construction managers, managing agents, crane companies, hoist contractors, and scaffold and shoring contractors. His clients also include engineering firms, electrical contractors, plumbing contractors, as well as home inspectors and equipment leasing companies.

In addition to Mr. Manarel’s construction practice, he has defended insurance brokers/agents in errors and omissions claims and suits brought against them. While he approaches each case as though trial is inevitable, Mr. Manarel is particularly focused on obtaining the best outcome for his clients through loss transfer, motion practice, mediation and arbitration. He has successfully argued numerous cases before the New York State Appellate Divisions and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Mr. Manarel practices mainly in the New York City Metropolitan area, and is also admitted in New Jersey, where he has represented many clients as well.


  • New York
  • New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court
    • Southern District of New York
    • Eastern District of New York
    • Western District of New York
    • District of New Jersey
  • U.S. Court of Appeals
    • Second Circuit
    • Third Circuit


  • Brooklyn Law School – J.D.
  • Syracuse University – B.S.

Professional Memberships

  • New York State Bar Association
  • Nuisance value settlement for crane company which was the target in multi-million dollar construction defect case, via proving lack of responsibility for damage, even though causally related to the weight of crane.
  • Summary judgment for crane company in case involving serious injury caused by hoisted I-beam, by demonstrating a lack of responsibility of crane company for actions of crane operator.
  • Summary judgment for a property owner in which a worker without fall protection fell to his death, based upon lack of control over work site or means and methods of work.
  • Summary judgment on jurisdictional grounds for commodities broker, who had procured a contract for the sale of grain that was involved in a fatal accident while being unloaded.
  • Michael has argued numerous appeals before the New York State Appellate Divisions and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, including:
  • Fajardo v. Trans World Equities Co., et al., 286 A.D.2d 271, 729 N.Y.S.2d 488 (1st Dept. 2001), Michael represented an employer and was successful in defeating summary judgment.
  • Lacey v. Turner Construction Co., et al., 275 A.D.2d 734, 713 N.Y.S.2d 207 (2nd Dept. 2000), Michael successfully represented the claimant and obtained summary judgment on liability, then prevailed on appeal.
  • Pappas v. Passias, et al., 166 F.3d 1201, 1998 WL 852886 (2nd Cir. 1998), Michael obtained dismissal of all claims against the defendant based upon fraud and Civil RICO on the grounds that the complaint failed to state a cause of action and the plaintiff lacked standing to sue.
  • Parker v. One, Two, Three Media Services, Inc., et al., 243 A.D.2d 286, 663 N.Y.S.2d 968 (1st Dept. 1997), Michael represented a large entertainment company and was successful in blocking the plaintiff from taking 25 depositions of the company’s employees.
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