Michael is a Partner in the Firm's Employment & Labor and Litigation Practice Groups.
Michael has extensive experience counseling and representing employers in employment discrimination and other labor and employment issues before Federal Courts, State Courts, Administrative Agencies and Arbitration Panels. Michael also has extensive litigation experience representing businesses in connection with trade secret, unfair competition, dissolutions and other commercial matters. In addition, Michael has unique knowledge regarding the use of electronic data in modern litigation.
Michael's successes include obtaining an award of compensatory damages, punitive damages, attorneys' fees and costs in an unfair competition litigation where, among other things, Michael persuaded the Court to order electronic discovery of defendants' computers in a case of first impression which resulted in the Court finding an adverse inference ruling.
In addition to advising clients with respect to commercial, corporate and other matters, Michael regularly counsels clients concerning separation of employment, reductions in force, leave policies, computer policies, personnel practices, wage hour, union representation elections, collective bargaining, strikes, picketing, OSHA and other matters. Michael's clients include technology, communication, healthcare, securities, construction, manufacturing, not for profit, real estate, food service and transportation businesses.
Michael has represented employers in connection with investigations, charges, hearings, complaints and appeals before Federal and State Administrative Agencies including but not limited to the National Labor Relations Board, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the New York State Division of Human Rights, the New York City Commission on Human Rights, the United States Department of Labor, the New York State Department of Labor and the New York State Workers Compensation Board.
Michael drafts employment handbooks, employment agreements and separation agreements affecting thousands of employees throughout the country and provides management training for both large and small companies.
Michael also counsels and represents insureds and insurance companies in connection with employment practice liability matters.
Michael regularly teaches continuing education courses and lectures to professional groups and the business community concerning employment and electronic data issues.
Michael previously worked at the National Labor Relations Board where he investigated unfair labor practice charges and conducted union representation elections. Michael also served as a clerk for the Chief Administrative Law Judge for the Regional Office of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.