Dear Valued Clients and Friends,

In light of the Executive Orders issued on March 20,2020 by Governor Cuomo (NY) and on March 21,2020 by Governor Murphy (NJ) we at Lester Schwab Katz & Dwyer LLP want to assure you that we are working remotely and will remain fully operational throughout the duration of this public health crisis. Until further notice, the most effective methods of communicating with us are email or phone, not the US mail. In the event that you need wire instructions or have accounting questions, please contact David Glicksman by email at Our hope is that this crisis will not be long. Regardless of its duration, however, we will continue to provide our clients with uninterrupted service. Your support, friendship and trust are so important to us as we get through this trying time together. We wish you all good health for you and your families.

Executive Committee
Lester Schwab Katz & Dwyer LLP


Michael E. McDonagh

Michael E. McDonagh Partner

New York, NY
Phone: 212-341-4385
Fax: 212-267-5916

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Michael McDonagh is the managing partner of the firm. Mr. McDonagh heads the retail industry defense group, specializing in retail litigation, including premises liability and negligence actions. Also, Mr. McDonagh is a recognized expert on security defense, acting on behalf of clients in cases involving claims of false arrest, assault and malicious prosecution. Mr. McDonagh acts as a consultant to companies, analyzing their security departments from a legal perspective.

Mr. McDonagh served as a Special Agent for the United States Secret Service. He was involved in various complex criminal investigations and was responsible for protection of the President and Vice President of the United States.


  • New York State Bar Association Journal
  • Torts Insurance & Compensation Law Section Journal
  • Winning Themes in Retail Security Litigation [Vol. 25, No. 2]

  • U.S. Treasury Department Special Achievement Award
  • Who's Who is American Universities and Colleges
  • Who's Who Registry of Rising Young Americans
  • Who's Who in America
  • Retail Loss Prevention Association Recognition Award

Bar Admissions

New York


New York State Bar Association
American Bar Association
American Law Firm Association (Steering Committee)
National Loss Prevention Bureau
Retail Loss Prevention Association, Inc.
National Retail Federation


  • 1986 J.D. Touro Law School
  • 1979 B.S. St. John's University

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