"Federated Title is our go-to title company for the very simple reason that they are the best at what they do. Working with Mike Benzi and his team is not only a pleasure, but it gives us the confidence that all our issues are being addressed by smart people who are responsive, prompt, professional, and intelligent."

- Jeff Fox, Foxy Management

Michael E. Benzi, Esq.

President & Counsel

An attorney and co-founder of Federated National Land, Michael Benzi focuses on commercial and residential real estate, with a specialty in low-income housing tax credit (LIHTC) transactions.

Michael developed his expertise in affordable housing over the past several decades as an attorney representing developers and institutional lenders on multi-unit projects throughout New York City.

In 2007, he formed Federated Title Services, LLC, which quickly gained a reputation in the commercial title arena for its ability to navigate the complexities of challenging commercial title transactions. While at Federated, he won MBD’s Community Visionary Award. In 2015, Michael, along with Sonia Blake and Michelle Palijaro, co-founded Federated National Land.

Prior to his work at Federated, Michael helped create Paradigm Title Agency & Settlement LLC, serving as Chief Operating Officer and expanding the company from a small start-up title agency into a thriving business handling a range of transactions from small residential deals to complex multi-million-dollar commercial projects. He also served as an associate with Whitman Breed Abbot & Morgan, LLP.

Michael has been a panelist for numerous affordable housing seminars and conferences, including a continuing legal education seminar entitled ‘Future Perspectives on Affordable Housing & Economic Development in New York City: Policy & Practice’ for the New York City Bar Association.

Areas of Expertise

  • Low-income housing tax credits
  • Residential and Commercial Real Estate


  • Fordham University
  • Brooklyn Law School




  • NJ Title Insurance Producer

“Federated brings a lot to the table – we have the technical experience to navigate complex transactions and we go above and beyond for our clients as a matter of course.”