Attorney Profiles: Musa-Obregon & Associates
S. Michael Musa-Obregon
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Attorney Musa-Obregon is a native New Yorker, raised in the Bronx, and the son of immigrant parents. He earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1991, and as a student served as a judicial law clerk for a federal judge, the late U.S. District Judge Clifford Scott Greene. After graduating in 1991, Mr. Musa-Obregon worked as a criminal prosecutor in New York City as an Assistant District Attorney under the Honorable Richard Brown.
In 1993, he founded his private practice, dedicated to defending the rights of the accused. Attorney Musa-Obregon is committed to fighting for the best interests of citizens and immigrants who face criminal charges. He is regularly invited to speak at the New York Public Library's Center for New Americans, and is often asked to share his experience and legal knowledge at various colleges, universities, high schools, churches, mosques, and temples throughout NYC. Mr. Musa-Obregon has served as a featured commentator on a number of Spanish-language television and radio outlets, including Telemundo, Univision, MundoHispanoTV, Cosmovision and Radio-WADO. He regularly interviews luminaries of the political, legal, and entertainment communities for these media outlets, and he is fluent in Spanish and has some knowledge of the French, Polish, and Arabic languages.
Mr. James Benintendi is a veteran trial lawyer with over twenty years of experience trying tough, complex civil and criminal cases. He has served as a prosecutor in Dade County Florida under Janet Reno and as well as Assistant State Attorney General in New York City. He has also served as a Senior Counsel in the Manhattan Trial Unit for the City of New York. Mr. Benintendi is intimately familiar with trying difficult cases before tough judges against powerful adversaries in front of demanding juries - with successful results.
While under Janet Reno, Mr. Benintendi tried close to one hundred criminal cases, including almost a dozen jury trials, in matters ranging for misdemeanors to felonies. While defending the City of New York in lawsuits against the city, Mr. Benintendi has obtained remarkable results, saving the New York City many millions of dollars in monetary claims, often by trying the cases to jury verdict. Since entering private practice, Mr. Benintendi has also successfully argued various civil matters before the Appellate Court.
During the last 10 years, Mr. Benintendi has practiced exclusively on the plaintiff’s side, serving as senior trial counsel for several highly recognized personal injury law firms before joining Musa-Obregon & Associates. Mr. Benintendi represented accidents victims against insurance companies, and city and state governments in a variety of matters involving police misconduct, automobile accidents, as well as premises and workplace accidents. Using his years of experience as a former prosecutor and civil trial attorney for the benefit of his clients, Mr. Benintendi knows how to fight for “the little guy” against corporations and insurance companies.
Mr. Benintendi anticipates his opponents' defenses and strategies and like a skilled chess strategist, modifies his moves anticipating the other sides' conduct. Mr. Benintendi knows his courtroom opponents’ methods and tactics and brings to bear his many years of experience to fight vigorously and effectively for his clients.
Mr. Benintendi lives in Manhattan with his wife and enjoys spending time with his family as well as the many exciting activities the five boroughs of New York City have to offer, including parks, museums and Broadway shows.
Benjamin Weisenberg is an immigration defense practitioner at Musa-Obregon and Associates, where he aggressively practices "in the trenches" at 26 Federal Plaza, 970 Broad Street in Newark and the formidable Varick Street Immigration Court in Manhattan. An honors cum laude law graduate from Capital University Law School in Ohio, where he concentrated in criminal litigation, Mr. Weisenberg founded the Seattle, Washington law firm, the Weisenberg Law Office before joining Musa-Obregon & Associates.
In private practice, Mr. Weisenberg defended individuals charged with felonies and misdemeanors, before relocating to New York City. Mr. Weisenberg also served as an Assistant City Prosecutor at Whitehall Mayor's Court in Ohio where he prosecuted different types of crimes, concluded plea negotiations and made sentencing recommendations to the court. He also interned at the United State's Attorney Office in Columbus, Ohio where he assisted in prosecuting environmental crimes. While in law school Mr. Weisenberg studied international law at the International Criminal Tribunal at The Hague, in the Netherlands, as well as Conflict Resolution at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel. Mr. Weisenberg holds a BA with concentrations in criminology and sociology from Ohio State University.
Pedro J. Moreno
Mr. Moreno concentrates in the fields of criminal defense and general immigration law including deportation defense. Mr. Moreno is admitted to the New York and Havana bars.
Multilingual in English, Spanish, French and Italian, Mr. Moreno holds an LL.M
Masters of Law degree concentrating in Comparative Law from the University of Miami Law School. Before joining Musa-Obregon & Associates, Mr. Moreno worked as Special Counsel at the Miami office of Hunton & Williams, a large American corporate law firm where he worked on an international litigation involving alleged violations of RICO, the U.S. Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act. Prior to emigrating to the U.S., Mr. Moreno served as In House counsel for two Latin American corporations conducting commercial, regulatory and litigation defense in many national and international matters.
A 1992 graduate of the University of Havana where he received his LL.B,
Law degree, Mr. Moreno also studied International Development Law in Rome, Italy, where classes were taught in French language, in the European civil law tradition. Mr. Moreno also served as a criminal trial lawyer for the Public Defenders Office in Havana where he defended many persons accused of crimes and tried many criminal cases to verdict.
Peter Kapitonov, a native of the Bronx and an attorney licensed in NY and NJ, manages the NJ practice of Musa-Obregon & Associates, concentrating in criminal defense and general immigration, including deportation.
A sergeant in the United States Marines, Mr. Kapitonov served in Fallujah in Operation Iraqi Freedom and participated in operations in the US and Japan.
A graduate of the famed Bronx High School of Science, Mr. Kapitonov went on to graduate Magna Cum Laude from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in NY minoring in law, philosophy, and history. Dean-listed with
high honors at the New York Law School he graduated with Honors
cum laude and twice received the Alfred D. Lerner Schorlaship for "a veteran of the armed forces who demonstrates excellence in legal studies. " Mr. Kapitonov also served as In-House Counsel for a real estate holding company in NY handling residential and commercial disputes in court.
Wanting to fulfill his passion of defending people and serving the immigrant population, he joined Musa-Obregon & Associates. While in law school, Mr. Kapitonov interned for the Honorable Judge Richard L. Price of the Bronx Supreme Court and drafted judicial decisions for the judge and assisted in judicial proceedings including search warrant applications. During law school, he also interned at Appellate Advocates in NY drafting appeals for people convicted of serious felonies crimes.
Mr. Kapitonov who is fluent in Russian, has received numerous awards including a Certificate of Recognition from Senator Carl Andrews NYS Senate 2nd District, the NY State Assembly Certificate of Merit, the NYC Council Citation and various military awards and honors.