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Michael provides 24/7 service and pragmatic advice to clients – managers, human resources professionals and in-house employment counsel.  He assists clients with human resources issues, including decisions concerning hiring, firing, promotions, compensation, and leaves.

As a highly-experienced employment law trial lawyer, Michael has successfully defended clients in scores of individual, class and collective actions; hundreds of mediations and arbitration proceedings; and achieved multiple defense verdicts in state and federal courts involving claims of:

  • Discrimination and harassment
  • Violations of covenants and wage and hour laws
  • Negligence in hiring, supervision, and retention
  • Breach of contract
  • Negligent and intentional infliction of emotional distress

In addition to his litigation practice, Michael counsels employers on effective strategies for avoiding litigation and prepares them for litigation when unavoidable. He represents clients in cases involving:

  • Restrictive covenant litigation
  • Whistleblower defense
  • Arbitrations
  • Wrongful termination
  • Breach of contract
  • Employee benefits
  • Wage and hour violations
  • Discrimination issues
  • Alternative dispute resolution

Michael has extensive experience working with companies in the following industries:

  • Insurance
  • Hospitality
  • Retail
  • Financial services
  • Staffing
  • Healthcare
  • Transportation

Michael frequently speaks throughout the country on contemporary labor and employment law topics. He is regularly interviewed by the press and has been published in major national trade publications. His views and opinions are valued by senior management and employee relations professionals throughout the country. Michael is founder of the firm's New York office and a member of Littler's Board of Directors. 

PROFESSIONAL AND COMMUNITY AFFILIATIONS

  • Member, Labor and Employment Section - American Bar Association
  • Member, New York City Bar Association

RECOGNITION

  • Named, The Best Lawyers in America, 2013 and 2014

PUBLICATIONS AND PRESS

BOOKS & BOOK CHAPTERS

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS