Michael Chetkof is a partner at Saltzman Chetkof & Rosenberg LLP. He is a seasoned trial attorney and highly-skilled negotiator who has litigated hundreds of cases and settled hundreds more over the course of his legal career. Well respected by the bench and bar, Mr. Chetkof’s practice has included complex matrimonial, personal injury, commercial and insurance defense matters. He was selected for inclusion in the 2018 Edition of Best Lawyers in America.He is AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell® with a 5.0 out of 5 rating, the highest rating available. He has been listed among the top-rated attorneys in Nassau and Suffolk Counties in 2010, 2011, and 2012 by Long Island Pulse Magazine. Mr. Chetkof tried and won one of the first equitable distribution cases addressing the valuation and distribution of a law practice and has successfully tried countless complex custody, visitation, enforcement, support, relocation and equitable distribution cases. He serves as a "Special Master" in matrimonial cases at the Nassau County Supreme Court Matrimonial Center.
He was attorney of record for a liability insurance carrier for nearly ten years and as a plaintiff's attorney has recovered millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts. He has also handled criminal matters including the successful defense of a murder case and other felony matters. Over the course of his career, Mr. Chetkof has had the honor and privilege to share his knowledge and expertise with many organizations. Mr. Chetkof is a barrister of the New York Family Law American Inn of Court and serves as an arbitrator for the Office of Court Administration's Matrimonial Fee Dispute Panel, and is also trained in collaborative law. He is actively involved in many guardianship cases in Nassau County.
Mr. Chetkof is a certified Court Evaluator and is certified by the Appellate Division, Second Department, as a Court Examiner in guardianship proceedings. He has served as an arbitrator in the Supreme Court, Nassau County, as part of the Early Neutral Evaluation Program. In addition to his professional affiliations, Mr. Chetkof has also taught business law to students at the State University of New York at Farmingdale, and has represented his community in various capacities. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Commack Jewish Center and acted as the organization’s attorney. Mr. Chetkof also served as a member of the Board of Managers for the Lido Beach Towers, and was a local Chancellor Commander and 15th District Deputy Grand Chancellor of the Knights of Pythias.