Michael K. Lambert


State University of New York at Plattsburgh, B.A.; Western New England Law School, J.D.; Pace University, L.L.M. in Environmental Law;

After serving as trial counsel, defense counsel and as counsel for the Department of the Navy before the Merit System Protection Board during his initial period of active duty in the Marine Corps, he practiced for five years in the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office; he then served as House Counsel to the Wappingers Central School District for five years, representing the school district in all aspects of general counsel and labor relations services, including special education impartial hearings, negotiations, arbitrations, PERB proceedings, Section 3020-a Education Law proceedings, Section 75 Civil Service Law proceedings, Section 3214 Education Law student disciplinary proceedings and litigation.

For over 20 years, he has been a member of Shaw, Perelson, May & Lambert, during which time he has continued his extensive involvement in all aspects of public school district representation, with an emphasis on special education counsel and litigation.

He is a Past President of the New York State Association of School Attorneys and a member of the New York State Bar Association and the National School Boards Association Council of School Attorneys.

He is a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the Marine Corps Reserve, having served a total of 24 years of active and reserve duty during which time he performed such duties as Appellate Government Counsel representing the Department of the Navy in appeals of courts-martial convictions, assisting in re-establishing the criminal justice system in Iraq, prosecuting foreign fighters illegally entering Iraq and as the Staff Judge Advocate of the 3rd Marine Air Wing Forward.

He has lectured for the New York State School Boards Association, New York State Association of School Attorneys, New York State Council of School Superintendents, the Mid-Hudson School Study Council, numerous local School Boards Associations, and the National Business Institute.

Mr. Lambert is admitted to the practice of law in New York State courts, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania courts, the Federal District Courts for the Eastern, Northern and Southern Districts, the Second Circuit Federal Court of Appeals, the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces and the United States Supreme Court.