Awards + Recognitions
Professional Associations
Presentations + Publications
Community Service
Mike is Special Counsel to the Firm. With over 15 years of experience, he brings his vast experience in litigating in state and federal courts at the trial and appellate levels. He often works with clients that have complex issues by using adaptive and creative strategies to achieve favorable results.

In addition to private practice, Mike presides as one of the Town of Patterson Justices in Patterson, Putnam County. He also has extensive training and experience in land use & zoning and environmental law which allows him to navigate the complex administrative and regulatory framework at the municipal and agency levels. Mike began his legal career with firms in Westchester County and eventually joined a solo practitioner in Putnam County in 2012 where he developed his practice as a litigator and land use attorney. In 2018, Michael started a solo practice in Putnam County where he continued to practice in the areas of civil litigation, environmental law, and land use & zoning.


  • Pace University School of Law, J.D., Certificate in Environmental Law
    • LL.M. in Environmental Law
  • Colgate University, B.A. in English Literature


  • New York
  • Connecticut
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut

Awards + Recognitions

  • SuperLawyers® New York Metro Edition
    • Rising Stars; 2017-2022
    • New York Metro Super Lawyers; 2023

Professional Associations

  • Dutchess County Bar Association
  • Federalist Society
  • Westchester Columbian Lawyers’ Association
  • Putnam County Bar Association

Presentations + Publications

“Love Thy Neighbor: Current Case Law and Strategy for Litigating Adverse Possession Claims, Easement Claims, and Other Neighbor Disputes”
Dutchess County Bar Association
September 21, 2023

Handling Article 78 Proceedings in the Land Use Context: Procedure and Governing Principles
NYSBA Local and State Government Law Section Fall 2022 Meeting
October 14, 2022

Community Service

  • Surfrider Foundation, Legal Issues Team Member; 2009-present
  • Pace Women’s Justice Center, Domestic Violence Clinic; 2005-2006

Michael V. Caruso

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LotusWorks Wellness, Inc. Secures Microbusiness License for Cannabis Retail and Cultivation

Successfully assisted our client with securing a cannabis microbusiness license from the NY Office of Cannabis Management for a retail store in Beacon, New York.



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