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Michael Scott Arlein

Partner
Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP
1133 Avenue of the Americas
New York, New York 10036-6710
Peer Rating
5.0 of 5.0
Client Rating
5.0 of 5.0
AV Rated
Experience & Credentials
Practice Areas
Trusts and Estates; Financial Services
University
Duke University, B.A., 1995
Law School
Harvard Law School, J.D., 2000
Admitted
Connecticut; 2001, New York; New Jersey
ISLN
915592720
Peer Reviews (20)
AV Rated
5.0/5.0
Peer Rating
 
High Ethical Standard
Trusts and Estates, Estate Planning and Wills and Probate
Areas of Practice
Legal Knowledge
5.0/5
Analytical Capabilities
5.0/5
Judgment
5.0/5
Communication Ability
5.0/5
Legal Experience
5.0/5
Peer Reviews (20)
5.0/5.0 Posted by a Other Legal Professional on 07/03/13
Endorsed for Ethical Standing
Michael is an excellent and practical legal advisor to his clients
Legal Knowledge
5/5
Analytical Capabilities
5/5
Judgment
5/5
Communication Ability
5/5
Legal Experience
5/5
5.0/5.0 Posted by a Partner on 06/17/13
Endorsed for Ethical Standing
Legal Knowledge
5/5
Analytical Capabilities
5/5
Judgment
5/5
Communication Ability
5/5
Legal Experience
5/5
5.0/5.0 Posted by a Sole Practitioner on 06/17/13
Endorsed for Ethical Standing
Michael is an excellent attorney with a varied and sophisticated practice. He is well respected by his colleagues inside and outside of his firm as well as by his clients. In the decade that I have known Michael, he has maintained the highest ethical standards and demonstrated outstanding legal ability.
Legal Knowledge
5/5
Analytical Capabilities
5/5
Judgment
5/5
Communication Ability
5/5
Legal Experience
5/5
5.0/5.0 Posted by a Associate on 06/13/13
Endorsed for Ethical Standing
Legal Knowledge
5/5
Analytical Capabilities
5/5
Judgment
5/5
Communication Ability
5/5
Legal Experience
5/5
5.0/5.0 Posted by a Partner on 06/13/13
Endorsed for Ethical Standing
Michael Arlein is one of the best Trusts and Estates attorneys I've ever worked with. I give him the highest possible rating.
Legal Knowledge
5/5
Analytical Capabilities
5/5
Judgment
5/5
Communication Ability
5/5
Legal Experience
5/5
5.0/5.0 Posted by a Partner on 06/13/13
Endorsed for Ethical Standing
Michael Arlein is one of the best estate planning attorneys I've ever worked with. He's very knowledgable, diligent and professional. I give him the highest possible rating.
Legal Knowledge
5/5
Analytical Capabilities
5/5
Judgment
5/5
Communication Ability
5/5
Legal Experience
5/5
5.0/5.0 Posted by a Principal on 06/11/13
Endorsed for Ethical Standing
Michael has always handled himself with grace and class. He is a strong advocate for his clients and represents them zealously and with the highest moral standards. I can recommend him without reservation to any possible client. He also has a strong understanding of the subject matter and relates very well to his clients.
Legal Knowledge
5/5
Analytical Capabilities
5/5
Judgment
5/5
Communication Ability
5/5
Legal Experience
5/5
5.0/5.0 Posted by a Of Counsel on 06/11/13
Endorsed for Ethical Standing
Legal Knowledge
5/5
Analytical Capabilities
5/5
Judgment
5/5
Communication Ability
5/5
Legal Experience
5/5
5.0/5.0 Posted by a Sole Practitioner on 06/10/13
Endorsed for Ethical Standing
I have a high regard for Michael Arlein's skill and ability as a Trust and Estates attorney.
Legal Knowledge
5/5
Analytical Capabilities
5/5
Judgment
5/5
Communication Ability
5/5
Legal Experience
5/5
5.0/5.0 Posted by a Senior Associate on 06/10/13
Endorsed for Ethical Standing
Michael is a highly qualified estate planning attorney.
Legal Knowledge
5/5
Analytical Capabilities
5/5
Judgment
5/5
Communication Ability
5/5
Legal Experience
5/5
5.0/5.0 Posted by a Other Legal Professional on 06/10/13
Endorsed for Ethical Standing
Michael is a top-notch estate planning lawyer and in the upper tier of the next wave of young estate planning partners in medium to large NYC law firms.
Legal Knowledge
5/5
Analytical Capabilities
5/5
Judgment
5/5
Communication Ability
5/5
Legal Experience
5/5
5.0/5.0 Posted by a Partner on 06/10/13
Endorsed for Ethical Standing
Legal Knowledge
5/5
Analytical Capabilities
5/5
Judgment
5/5
Communication Ability
5/5
Legal Experience
5/5
5.0/5.0 Posted by a Partner on 06/10/13
Endorsed for Ethical Standing
I know Michael personally and he is bright, motivated, honest and a very capable lawyer.
Legal Knowledge
5/5
Analytical Capabilities
5/5
Judgment
5/5
Communication Ability
5/5
Legal Experience
5/5
5.0/5.0 Posted by a Chief Legal Officer on 06/10/13
Endorsed for Ethical Standing
Legal Knowledge
5/5
Analytical Capabilities
5/5
Judgment
5/5
Communication Ability
5/5
Legal Experience
5/5
5.0/5.0 Posted by a Principal on 06/09/13
Endorsed for Ethical Standing
Legal Knowledge
5/5
Analytical Capabilities
5/5
Judgment
5/5
Communication Ability
5/5
Legal Experience
5/5
5.0/5.0 Posted by a Managing Partner on 06/09/13
Endorsed for Ethical Standing
Michael is an attorney of the highest character and integrity and extremely knowledgeable in his field. He is a pleasure to work with and I highly recommend him to everyone.
Legal Knowledge
5/5
Analytical Capabilities
5/5
Judgment
5/5
Communication Ability
5/5
Legal Experience
5/5
5.0/5.0 Posted by a Managing Partner on 06/09/13
Endorsed for Ethical Standing
Excellent Lawyer of the highest ethical standards.
Legal Knowledge
5/5
Analytical Capabilities
5/5
Judgment
5/5
Communication Ability
5/5
Legal Experience
5/5
5.0/5.0 Posted by a Member on 06/09/13
Endorsed for Ethical Standing
Michael is an excellent estates' attorney, well-trained, articulate and solicitous. He deserves the highest rating in his field of expertise in New York City.
Legal Knowledge
5/5
Analytical Capabilities
5/5
Judgment
5/5
Communication Ability
5/5
Legal Experience
5/5
5.0/5.0 Posted by a Of Counsel on 06/09/13
Endorsed for Ethical Standing
Michael is a great T&E lawyer, and the one that I first think of when referring a T&E lawyer in NYC. He is beyond question AV material.
Legal Knowledge
5/5
Analytical Capabilities
5/5
Judgment
5/5
Communication Ability
5/5
Legal Experience
5/5
4.0/5.0 Posted by a Other Law Firm Position on 06/09/13
Endorsed for Ethical Standing
Legal Knowledge
4/5
Analytical Capabilities
4/5
Judgment
4/5
Communication Ability
4/5
Legal Experience
4/5
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Client Reviews

Overall Client Rating

in Trusts and Estates, Taxation and Family Law
5.0 out of 5.0
Communication Ability
5.0
Responsiveness
5.0
Quality of Service
5.0
Value for Money
4.9
  • Data based on 49 reviews
  • Recommended by 49 Client(s)
  • Last reviewed on 04/22/14
Posted by a Private Individual on 04/22/14
5.0 out of 5.0  
Posted by a Private Individual on 12/15/13
5.0 out of 5.0  
A pleasure to work with.
Posted by a Private Individual on 08/07/13
5.0 out of 5.0  
Posted by a Private Individual on 08/06/13
5.0 out of 5.0  
Posted by a Private Individual on 07/05/13
5.0 out of 5.0  
I have recommended Michael to many friends and all have had the same positive experience. He is easy to work with and explains complex issues very clearly. Can't say enough good things about working with Michael. My wife and I are very pleased with Michael.
Posted by a Private Individual on 07/03/13
5.0 out of 5.0  
Michael is an expert estate planner even for the most complicated family structures. He s a great listener and communicator. He resolves issues quickly and finds creative solutions. An exceptional attorney all the way around.
Posted by a Private Individual on 07/03/13
5.0 out of 5.0  
Michael is incredibly smart, responsive and empathetic. He is reassuring, tactful and has a great understanding of the broad range of resources he brings to the table.
Posted by a Private Individual on 07/01/13
5.0 out of 5.0  
Posted by a Private Individual on 06/30/13
5.0 out of 5.0  
I highly recommend Michael. He is responsive, smart and practical. My husband and I recently married and were traveling outside the US. We needed to update our wills and estate planning to reflect our marriage. Michael recognized our sense of urgency and accommodated our work schedules with evening conf calls. We completed paperwork inside of a week. While our estate is not overly cumbersome, it does have moderate complexity with executive compensation, private equity, and family trust matters.
Posted by a Private Individual on 06/29/13
5.0 out of 5.0  
Michael listens carefully to clients wishes, suggests and describes several solutions, follows through promptly. He is a pleasure to deal with.
Posted by a Private Individual on 06/28/13
5.0 out of 5.0  
Posted by a Private Individual on 06/28/13
5.0 out of 5.0  
unpretentious and straight forward, very time efficient
Posted by a Private Individual on 06/27/13
5.0 out of 5.0  
Outstanding and very responsive legal counsel. Would highly recommend him to anyone that needs Estate Planning advise.
Posted by a Private Individual on 06/27/13
5.0 out of 5.0  
Posted by a Private Individual on 06/27/13
5.0 out of 5.0  
Michael is very professional and made an unpleasant topic (wills and trusts) manageable. He and his staff are highly knowledgeable, responsive and organized. We would definitely recommend Michael to a friend (and actually have).
Posted by a Private Individual on 06/26/13
5.0 out of 5.0  
Fantastic and thorough.
Posted by a Private Individual on 06/26/13
5.0 out of 5.0  
Posted by a Small Business on 06/26/13
5.0 out of 5.0  
Exceptional insights and responsiveness. Michael will, no doubt, over time be one of the eminent T&E attorneys in NYC.
Posted by a Private Individual on 06/26/13
5.0 out of 5.0  
Michael is extremely knowledgeable as well as easy to work with and incredibly responsive. We appreciated working with him through what can be some difficult decision making when it comes to transfer of inheritance to children, health care proxies, and custody issues. We would strongly recommend Michael Arlein.
Posted by a Private Individual on 06/26/13
5.0 out of 5.0  
A real professional. Expert in his field. Sensible advice. Very efficient and excellent service. Terrific communicator. Client-focused. Warm and personable. A pleasure to work with.
Posted by a Private Individual on 06/25/13
5.0 out of 5.0  
He is the most effective Trust & Estate lawyer I have encountered.
Posted by a Private Individual on 06/25/13
5.0 out of 5.0  
He listens carefully, comprehends your specific needs and objectives and then structures your legal documents for review. His attitude is friendly and easing. If you need help outside his expertise he will select the best contact in his firm to address you needs,{newline}all of this in a reasonable time and efficiently.
Posted by a Private Individual on 06/25/13
5.0 out of 5.0  
Michael is very professional and explains complex matters efficiently and effectively.
Posted by a Private Individual on 06/25/13
5.0 out of 5.0  
he is great
Posted by a Private Individual on 06/25/13
5.0 out of 5.0  
I used to practice law before I became a venture capitalist so I bring a dual perspective to rating attorneys & Michael S. Arlein is simply the best.
Posted by a Corporate/Large Company on 06/25/13
5.0 out of 5.0  
Extremely knowledgeable, cooperative, thorough and responsive.
Posted by a Private Individual on 06/25/13
5.0 out of 5.0  
Very smart, very thoughtful; Very caring and sensitive person
Posted by a Private Individual on 06/25/13
5.0 out of 5.0  
Michael is very efficient , smart,and loves what he does. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED and very loyal
Posted by a Private Individual on 06/25/13
5.0 out of 5.0  
Michael is knowledgeable, personable, and responsive to client needs. Our trust in him is unqualified. We would (and have) recommended him to friends seeking T&E advice.
Posted by a Private Individual on 06/25/13
5.0 out of 5.0  
Mr. Arlein is very knowledgeable and efficient. He has the ability to listen, understand what your needs are and execute on solutions that are mutually agreed to. He is open to ideas you have that make your life easier and goes out of his way to "get it right." He is an advocate and a guide both of which are in a client's best interest.
Posted by a Private Individual on 06/25/13
5.0 out of 5.0  
Posted by a Private Individual on 06/25/13
5.0 out of 5.0  
Discussing wills for me is not pleasant, but Michael Arlein made it stress-free, clear-cut and painless as possible. He brought up things for me to consider knowing my personal situation and goals. I would definitely recommend him to anyone seeking advise and/or services in this area.
Posted by a Private Individual on 06/25/13
5.0 out of 5.0  
Michael Arlein is an extremely bright and highly capable attorney with finely tuned subject expertise. He is very personable, calm, unassuming, detail oriented, hardworking and highly focused, making him invaluable for legal advice. Our entire family recommends wholeheartedly.
Posted by a Private Individual on 06/25/13
5.0 out of 5.0  
I have worked with half a dozen Trust and Estate attorneys prior to being introduced to Mike Arlein. He is the first professional that did not answer every other question with "I will research that and get back to you.” Michael has a wealth of knowledge regarding closely held businesses, estate planning strategies, etc. I have developed full confidence in Michael over the last two years and have appointed him trustee of my daughter’s trust.
Posted by a Private Individual on 06/25/13
5.0 out of 5.0  
Could not have been more helpful and upbeat especially considering the matters dealt with estate and will planning. Both informative and sensitive.
Posted by a Private Individual on 06/25/13
5.0 out of 5.0  
Michael Arlein's vast depth of knowledge and expertise in the field of trusts and estates has been invaluable to our family. We have worked with Michael for over a decade and consider his counsel indispensable. Not only is Michael a highly skilled attorney - he is a joy to work with!
Posted by a Private Individual on 06/25/13
5.0 out of 5.0  
I have found Michael Arlein to be not only superbly competent (and current) regarding his knowledge of the law, but also in possession of uncommon wisdom and judgement. He has the skill (and fortitude) to protect his client's interests in negotiations without generating undue friction or antagonism. He handled my pre-nup negotiations with such such grace that both sides were soon very comfortable with the final agreement (concluded with a very reasonable number of billable hours!).
Posted by a Private Individual on 06/25/13
5.0 out of 5.0  
Professional and considerate
Posted by a Private Individual on 06/25/13
5.0 out of 5.0  
Michael has a unique ability to take a complex issue and fully explain it in layperson terminology.
Posted by a Private Individual on 06/25/13
5.0 out of 5.0  
Brilliant, efficient, and a genuine pleasure to work with.
Posted by a Private Individual on 06/25/13
5.0 out of 5.0  
I cannot imagine being more cared for and protected in a difficult situation that was very foreign to me. Not once in more than a year and a half did I have to wait more than hours for a return call. Michael Arlein - with endless patience and kindness - explained everything to me before acting. My concept of lawyers and particularly estate attorneys has changed completely. Whenever he felt something could be handled less expensively with another member of his team, he connected me to him or her.
Posted by a Private Individual on 06/25/13
5.0 out of 5.0  
Arlein is a very thoughtful and caring attorney.
Posted by a Private Individual on 06/25/13
5.0 out of 5.0  
The best of the best for trusts and estates. He has consistently excelled and caught mistakes other trust lawyers have missed. He sees the big picture as well as the details, and has excellent judgment.
Posted by a Private Individual on 06/25/13
5.0 out of 5.0  
I recommend Michael without reservation. He has made a spectacular contribution to my family's financial security. In addition, Micheal has a comfortable sense of humor--he's someone I always look forward to speaking with.
Posted by a Private Individual on 06/25/13
5.0 out of 5.0  
As a public company CEO I work with various law firms and lawyers frequently. Michael is as good as anyone I have ever worked with in my 40 year career. He is the most responsive legal adviser I have met. He is always concise and perceptive about the topics and potential issues we discuss. He has been very helpful in teaching my wife about various financial outcomes associated with gifts, trusts and taxes. You will not find a better adviser.
Posted by a Private Individual on 06/25/13
5.0 out of 5.0  
Michael is a thoughtful and brilliant lawyer. His ability to understand the complexities of families and estate planning with that is mind makes him a fabulous choice as an attorney!
Posted by a Private Individual on 07/06/13
4.8 out of 5.0  
Michael is excellent. He is responsive and quick to deal with very complicated, often mathematical, problems as well as legal ones. He is also very courteous and patient and makes an effort to understand the underlying personal issues.
Posted by a Private Individual on 06/25/13
4.8 out of 5.0  
Michael provides legal advice as I like it: a menu of clear solutions to my legal needs. Unlike most lawyers I have dealt with, I expect to work with him for many years to come.
Posted by a Private Individual on 06/25/13
4.8 out of 5.0  
Michael is responsive, thoughtful and very pleasant to work with. I would highly recommend him.
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