Acting General Counsel

Michael DiSiena

Michael DiSiena


  • JD, Washington and Lee University School of Law
  • BA, majors in political science and philosophy, Siena College

About Michael DiSiena

As acting general counsel, Deputy Counsel Michael DiSiena serves as Excelsior College’s chief legal officer, providing legal advice and counsel to the Board of Trustees, executive leadership, and all operational and academic units. He joined the College’s Office of Legal Affairs in 2016 before assuming his current role in 2020.

Previously, DiSiena served in counsel’s office of the New York State Legislative Bill Drafting Commission, where he assisted in drafting the annual state budget, and served as the primary bill drafter for over 20 legislators, including the then ranking member of the Senate Higher Education Committee.

A magna cum laude graduate of Siena College, DiSiena received the Major Field Award for highest achievement in both political science and in philosophy. DiSiena went on to study law at Washington and Lee University School of Law, where he served as articles editor of the Washington and Lee Journal of Civil Rights and Social Justice, and co-chair of the Lewis F. Powell, Jr. Distinguished Lecture Series.

DiSiena is a member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys and serves on the board of directors of the Mechanicville Area Community Service Center, where he helps set long-term organizational strategy and leads the annual review of the organization’s bylaws.