My Journey To The Supreme Court

  • Michael H. Ricca,
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As a young boy from a blue collar family, being admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States was something beyond my wildest dreams. This journey was by no means a walk in the park. It was filled with twists and turns and tears and joy.

I was the first person in my family to graduate from college. Then it was onto my first real job. Believing that I did not yet reach my full potential, I returned to school as an evening student to obtain my MBA. This brought career advancement and further success, however, something was still missing.

I thought law school would be the last step in my journey. Little did I know my journey was just getting started. I worked my butt off through two years of law school when an obstacle threatened my plans. I was wrongfully accused of a crime that I did not commit. The courtroom looked a lot different sitting behind the defense table. I spent more than a year in an effort to expose the truth and clear my good name. I was fortunate enough to have an overwhelming amount of support from my family, friends, and an outstanding legal team. The most serious charge was ultimately dismissed and I was found not guilty of the remaining charge by a jury of my peers. This experience led me to a passion in criminal defense and ultimately helped to define my path to become a criminal and civil litigator.

To grow my experience with criminal law, I participated in an externship with The Federal Defenders of New York, Central Islip, where I had the opportunity to work alongside two outstanding criminal defense attorneys and assist with nearly one hundred felony cases. The next step in my journey was to go to work for a law firm where I gained valuable experience in private practice on a wide array of civil and criminal matters. Those valuable lessons enabled me to hang a shingle and start my own firm.

In my own practice I have had the opportunity to represent more than six hundred defendants accused of violations, misdemeanors, and felonies. I have had the opportunity to fight battle after battle, always with my client’s best interests at heart. From resolving countless cases in my clients favor to successfully winning verdicts at trial, the real journey is just beginning.

Today was a surreal moment watching the Supreme Court Justices take the bench and hear an application for my admission. Hearing Chief Justice John Roberts grant my admission is a moment I know that I will never forget. Being admitted to the Supreme Court of the United States today is hopefully just the next step in a long career of ensuring the rights of my clients are protected to the fullest extent of the law.

I would like to take a moment to thank those who have tirelessly supported me in my journey. I am blessed to have your love and unwavering support.

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