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Paul A. Michels is a partner in the firm's Banking & Financial Services department. He has been a member of the department for over 41 years. He represents religious and other not-for-profit organizations, real estate developers, educational institutions and public utilities in a broad range of real property conveyance transactions. Paul also represents financial institutions and other lenders in all aspects of commercial loan transactions, including drafting loan documents and due diligence review of all information relevant to the borrower and guarantors.

Areas of Concentration:

  • Sale and Acquisition of commercial real estate
  • Leasehold Interests
  • Commercial and Ground Lease negotiations
  • Construction, Zoning and Land Use
  • Easement and Right-of-way conveyances
  • Tax-Free Exchanges
  • Commercial and Real Estate Loan transactions
  • Middle Market/Small Business Loan transactions

Practice Areas



  • New York


  • J.D., Duquesne University School of Law, 1982
  • B.A., SUNY Oneonta, 1977

Professional and Community Activities

  • Member, Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, 2012-Present
  • Member, Catholic Migration of the Diocese of Brooklyn, 2015-Present
  • Member, Cardinal McCloskey Community Services of the Archdiocese of New York, 2010-Present

Honors and Awards

  • Papal Order of Saint Sylvester
  • St. Thomas More Award Recipient