The General Practice Section seeks to provide information that helps general practice and solo/small firm attorneys in the daily practice of law.

One of our primary goals is to enhance the competence and skills of lawyers engaged in the general practice of law, to improve their ability to deliver the most efficient and highest quality legal services to their clients and to provide a forum through which general practitioners may cooperate and assist each other in the resolution of the daily issues of practicing law.

This Section, alone or in coordination with other sections and committees of the New York State Bar Association (hereinafter referred to as the Association) shall plan and conduct such continuing legal education programs, collect, publish and distribute such educational and professional materials, and undertake such other and diverse activities authorized from time by the Association and the officers and Executive Committee of the Section as shall enhance the competence and skills of lawyers engaged in the general practice of law and improve their ability to deliver the most efficient and highest quality legal services to their clients. Its activities shall be designed also to enhance the role of general practitioners as contributing members and leaders of their communities, the legal profession and the Association, and to provide a medium through which general practitioners may cooperate with, encourage and assist each other in the resolution of problems common to them and to the legal profession, all to their mutual benefit and that of the membership of the Association and the legal profession at large, and to the benefit of the substantive body of law in New York and of the general administration of justice throughout the state.

Contact the General Practice Section Liaison

To learn more about this Section, please contact Tara Lana
[email protected]

Please do not contact the Section liaison with a request for legal advice or an attorney referral. You can instead visit our ‘Public Resources’ or ‘Lawyer Referral Service’ page for this type of request.

Michael A. Markowitz

Michael A. Markowitz

Upon graduation from law school, Michael (“Mike”) Markowitz began his legal career as an associate for Salamon, Gruber & Blaymore, P.C. and in-house counsel for European American Bank. In 1991, Mike started his own law firm, Michael A. Markowitz P.C., where he presently practices in Westbury, NY.

Committed to doing the public good, one may watch Mike in action volunteering his time as a chairperson for the Long Beach Board of Zoning Appeals, helping indigent litigants through the Volunteer Lawyers Project, mediating night small claims matters in the Nassau County District Court, and conducting free legal seminars through the Nassau County Bar Association (NCBA). He was a recipient of NCBA’s Pro Bono Attorney of the Year award.

Believing in the importance of the profession, Mike is presently a New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) Vice-President for the Tenth Judicial District, representing the lawyers in Nassau and Suffolk counties. He was on NCBA’s Board of Directors for many years, chairing the Financial Oversight and the Community Relations Public Education Committees. He has authored many articles for the Nassau Lawyer on topics such as legality of rent from illegal apartments, application of the New Home Warranty Law, and questions concerning 1031 (like-kind) exchanges. Grateful for the value of his service, NCBA honored Mike with the Directors Award in 2016.

Mike is an avid skier, frequently enjoying the mountains in Colorado and Utah. During his off time, Mike likes to practice Yoga, travel, attend theatre, and visit museums with his wife Sharon.

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General Practice One on One Vol 44 No 1

One on One

The General Practice Section Publication (One on One) features peer-written substantive articles about current issues facing the general practitioner, and provides updates on Section activities and ethics opinions. Edited by Martin Minkowitz, Richard Klass and Emily Sappol, One on One is published by the General Practice Section and distributed to Section Members free of charge.

One on One is published as a benefit for members of the General Practice Section and is copyrighted by the New York State Bar Association.


wEbrief is the email newsletter of the New York State Bar Association’s General Practice Section. wEbrief brings practical, informative and useful information to you, in a technologically advanced medium. In its weekly format, wEbrief offers you the best of the General Practice Section blog, as well as case information and updates.

Members of the General Practice Section are automatically added to the wEbrief distribution list with the email address they have provided for their member record. If you prefer not to receive weekly wEbrief emails, you may unsubscribe at any time using the link located at the bottom of each message.

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NYSBA has created comprehensive author guidelines, with information regarding our reprint policy, style guidelines, and obtaining MCLE Author Credits.


Given annually, or at the discretion of the General Practice Section, to honor an individual who is outstanding, innovative, and has made significant contributions to improve the daily practice of law for general practitioners in New York State.


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