Michelle Kariyeva, Esq Associate Attorney

Michelle is a graduate of Touro Law Center, where she was an active member of the Jewish Law Students Association, Women’s Bar Association, and Family Law Society. Michelle was also a member of the Touro Law Honors Program and Touro Law Review. Most notably, she was the recipient of the Daniel and Rose Subotnik Distinguished Writing Award.

During law school, Michelle interned for the Honorable Arthur M. Diamond in Nassau County Supreme Court, where she researched and drafted opinions on various legal issues. Michelle’s passion is matrimonial law. Her interest was sparked by being an extern to the Honorable John J. Leo of Suffolk County Supreme Court, where she dealt with a complex post-judgment divorce actions, issues of counsel fees, pendente lite relief, determination of spousal maintenance awards, validity of prenuptial agreements, as well as handling contempt applications. Being an extern in a matrimonial court taught her that compassion and understanding is a requirement to representing anyone.

Michelle is a first-generation American whose parents came to the United States after the fall of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s. She learned the importance of hard work and dedication by watching her parents adapt to a new world full of different cultural norms. Their sacrifices shaped her into being the person that she is today – a hardworking attorney who thinks creatively and works patiently every case that is assigned to her. Welcome aboard!