Albany Community Police Review Board

Michael G. Gaynor

Mayoral Appointee

Michael G, Gaynor

Mayor Sheehan appointed Michael G. Gaynor to the City of Albany Community Police Review Board (“CPRB”) in May of 2024.

Michael G Gaynor Esq. was born in Troy, New York, and since his early childhood, he has been a lifelong resident of the City of Albany, New York. Michael attended Christian Brothers Academy and received his Bachelor of Arts degree from LeMoyne College and his Juris Doctorate (cum laude) from Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan.

While in law school, Michael worked for Greater Detroit Legal Aid. Upon graduation, Michael served as an Assistant District Attorney (ADA), under former Albany County District Attorney Sol Greenberg. Initially, Michael worked in Albany City Court, Criminal Part, where he prosecuted misdemeanor and felony cases. While in City Court, Michael was a participant in the Legal Lives Program sponsored by the District Attorney’s Office, where he visited and lectured elementary school students in the City of Albany about criminal justice issues. While an ADA, Michael tried several misdemeanor and felony cases to verdict and argued many appeals before the Appellate Division, Third Department. Michael served as an instructor to the Albany Police Department on such issues as the 4th, 5th, and 6th Amendments and updates on New York State case law relative to the Penal Law and Criminal Procedure Law. Michael served as an asset forfeiture prosecutor.

Michael left the District Attorney’s Office to work at a law firm in the City of Albany, where he practiced primarily in the defense of medical malpractice cases and civil rights litigation. After leaving private practice, Michael was hired by the late Presiding Justice of the Appellate Division, Third Department, Anthony V Cardona, as a staff attorney with the Courts Attorney Grievance Committee (formerly Committee on Professional Standards). That office was charged with the investigation, review, and oversight of attorney disciplinary matters. Michael was then promoted to Deputy Chief Attorney, where he handled hundreds of attorney disciplinary cases in an almost twenty-five-year career in public service with the Appellate Division.

Michael has lectured extensively to hundreds of attorneys about ethical issues arising in the practice of law and under the New York Rules of Professional Conduct. He has presented continuing legal education (CLE) programs to the New York State Bar Association – Trial Lawyers Section and numerous county bar associations across the state. Michael has also lectured at Albany Law School. Michael argued dozens of attorney disciplinary matters before the Appellate Division, Third Department, and argued a case before the New York State Court of Appeals.

Michael is admitted to practice law in New York State, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the Northern District of New York, the United States District Court, and the United States Supreme Court.