Jéan R. Michel Jr. is an Associate in MKCI’s Syracuse, New York office. His practice includes corporate defense and general insurance defense. He prides himself on keeping his clients well informed about the various stages of the litigation process to provide the best representation possible in a cost-effective manner.
Prior to joining MKCI, Jéan was a Law Graduate Staff Attorney with the Legal Aid Society of Mid-New York in the Housing Preservation practice group, while awaiting his swearing-in ceremony. There he counseled clients, under a practice order, facing evictions in town, village, and city court across thirteen different counties. Additionally, Jéan advised clients on some evictions subsequent to mortgage or tax foreclosures and bankruptcies that arouse due to outstanding money judgements against his clients by their previous landlords. Jéan also clerked for Kemper Insurance Corporation in the in-house legal department and interned for Erie County Court Judge Susan Eagan in Buffalo, NY.
In addition to his work with MKCI, Jéan is an avid reader, has spoken at various venues, and prides himself on community service. In his free time, he volunteers with Breaking Barriers Youth Leadership Council through the Say Yes Buffalo program. Jéan is also a member of the Black Law Students Association’s Alumni Chapter; the Erie County Bar Association; the Haitian America Lawyers Association of New York; the Paul C. Perkins Bar Association of Orlando, Florida; and the Minority Bar Association of Western New York.
Jéan obtained his Juris Doctor degree from Barry University Dwayne O Andreas School of Law in Orlando, Florida. While attending Barry University, Jéan was a member of the Southern Region of the National Black Law Students Association, serving as the Executive Managing Editor for the Law Journal, he was the President of the law schools’ Caribbean Law Student Association, a student ambassador, and a Senior Editor on the law schools’ Child and Family Law Journal. Jéan earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice with a Minor in Legal Studies from the State University of New York College at Buffalo, where he served on the University’s’ Code of Conduct Judicial Board as a student justice and as a Resident Assistant in the dorm halls.