Michael was hired by the U.S. Department of Justice out of law school through the Attorney General Honors Program as a law clerk for the Executive Office for Immigration Review at the U.S. Immigration Court in New York. From 1997-2003, Michael was an Assistant District Counsel for the Immigration and Naturalization Service representing the government in deportation and removal proceedings. With the creation of the Department of Homeland Security in 2003, Michael was assigned to the Enforcement Law Division within the headquarters of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement focusing on customs and other law enforcement matters.
Michael opened the Law Offices of Michael Kohler, PLLC in 2008 to assist individuals and businesses with their immigration law needs. Since that time, Michael is proud to have worked with clients from more than 80 countries and territories throughout the world embodying the spirit of Crosby, Stills & Nash in their song, Wooden Ships: "If you smile at me, I will understand, cause that is something everybody everywhere does in the same language."
Michael is married with three children, is a past-president of Midway Jewish Center in Syosset, NY and is a proud member of the Plainview Fire Department.
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, J.D., 1996
State University of New York at Albany, B.A., 1992
Member, Past Chair, Immigration Law Committee, Nassau County Bar Association (NCBA)
Member, American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
Frequent Lecturer and Contributor, NCBA and AILA continuing legal education courses and publications
AILA Military Assistance Program – providing free legal services to immigrant relatives of U.S. military members
Nassau County Coalition Against Domestic Violence – assisting immigrant victims of domestic violence obtain immigration benefits
Trial Judge, NYS Bar Association Mock Trial Tournament
New Jersey, 1996 (Inactive)
New York, 1999
United States District Court for the Districts of New Jersey, Southern District of New York, Eastern District of New York
United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit