Michael Yellin is a member of the firm’s Litigation Department and Real Estate Special Opportunities Group. Mike provides creative and practical legal advice that allows private equity, hedge and real estate opportunity funds, lenders, investors, and business owners to maximize opportunities and minimize expense and exposure. His experience includes representing clients during asset acquisition, through litigation, in an out of the bankruptcy process, and ultimately through sale or transfer of the asset. That broad experience gives him the unique ability to quickly evaluate an issue from all sides and formulate creative solutions.
Examples of Mike’s work on complex matters, include:
- Representing a New York-based private investment firm in connection with the acquisition and subsequent foreclosure of a distressed $30 million loan, secured by an office complex near Trenton, New Jersey;
- Representing a New Jersey private equity fund in recovering its entire investment following the Chapter 11 filing by a New York borrower;
- Successfully prosecuting a hotly contested commercial foreclosure concerning a $27 million loan secured by a large office building in northern New Jersey;
- Representing a California investment fund in connection with a $12 million foreclosure action concerning three properties located in Northern New Jersey; and
- After two-years of contentious litigation and eight days of trial, preventing the majority shareholders of a private corporation from wrongfully terminating a minority shareholder.
Mike is an active member of the American Bar Association, Business Law Section’s Private Equity Committee, the New Jersey State Bar Association, and the Bergen County Bar Association. He was elected to the board of Habitat for Humanity of Bergen County in 2016. Mike’s practice has been complemented by his graduation from the John J. Lifland Federal Practice Inn of Court. He is recognized as a “Rising Star” by New Jersey Super Lawyers. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey. See Award Methodology.
Prior to joining the Cole Schotz, Mike worked as an analyst for a cross-border boutique M&A firm specializing in targeting potential acquisitions throughout the United States and Western Europe. During law school, he interned for the Hon. Jose L. Linares, U.S. District Judge, and the Hon. Patty Shwartz, then-U.S. Magistrate Judge (now a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit).
EducationSeton Hall University School of Law, J.D., cum laudeMuhlenberg College, B.A., cum laude
Bar & Court AdmissionsNew JerseyNew YorkU.S. District Court, District of New JerseyU.S. District Court, Southern District of New YorkU.S. District Court, Eastern District of New YorkU.S. Court of Appeals, Second CircuitU.S. Court of Appeals, Third CircuitU.S. Court of Appeals, Federal CircuitU.S. Supreme Court
March 19, 2018
From Church to MOB in Queens
As published in: Commerical Property Executive August 16, 2017
As published in: Real Estate Weekly August 9, 2017
As published in: The Real Deal August 7, 2017
Congratulations to Ryan Jareck and Michael Yellin for being included in the NJLJ New Leaders of the Bar
As published in: New Jersey Law Journal April 27, 2017
January 4, 2016
April 1, 2014
Michael Yellin was quoted in an article titled, "The Benefits and Pitfalls of Operating a Franchise"
As published in: NJ Business Magazine December 2013
Lauren Manduke and Michael Yellin are speaking at the Bergen County Bar Association CLE Seminar: New York Practice for the New Jersey LawyerAttorneys Speaking: Michael R. Yellin and Lauren M. MandukeMay 17, 2017
Practice Tips for Real Estate Lenders When a Borrower Files Chapter 11 Bankruptcy: CLE Presentation at Cole Schotz New Jersey OfficeAttorneys Speaking: Ilana Volkov and Michael R. YellinFebruary 16, 2017
The Mechanics of Arbitration: From Agreement to Award, CLE Presentation at Cole Schotz New Jersey OfficeAttorneys Speaking: Wendy F. Klein and Michael R. YellinSeptember 22, 2016
New York Practice for the New Jersey Lawyer, Bergen County Bar Association Continuing Legal Education SeminarAttorneys Speaking: Michael R. Yellin and Lauren M. MandukeDecember 16, 2014
Franchise Law 101, Bergen County Bar Association Continuing Legal Education SeminarAttorney Speaking: Michael R. YellinDecember 11, 2013
New Jersey Law Journal June 9, 2016Michael R. Yellin
IP Law Outlook April 27, 2016Michael R. Yellin
IP Law Outlook December 22, 2015Michael R. Yellin
United States District Court Affirms USPTO’s Cancellation of REDSKINS Trademarks United States District Court Affirms USPTO’s Cancellation of REDSKINS Trademarks
IP Law Outlook July 15, 2015Michael R. Yellin
New Jersey Law Journal April 15, 2015Michael R. Yellin
IP Law Outlook June 24, 2014Michael R. Yellin
Private Wealth February 26, 2014Glenn R. Kazlow, Christopher P. Massaro and Michael R. Yellin
NJLJ December 19, 2013Glenn R. Kazlow, Christopher P. Massaro and Michael R. Yellin
IP Law Outlook September 20, 2011Michael R. Yellin
Hotel Business Review September, 2011Carl A. Rizzo and Michael R. Yellin