Michael, a partner, concentrates his practice on general business/commercial and employment litigation in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies throughout New York and New Jersey. He represents management and employers in all types of workplace disputes, including discrimination, harassment, retaliation, whistleblower, noncompete and trade-secret matters. Michael defends employers in wage and hour suits before the Department of Labor concerning various issues, including overtime pay violations, the misclassification of workers' exempt or independent contractor status, "off the clock" work and tip theft. He also handles complex business litigation matters, including partnership and corporate disputes, real estate and property litigation, business fraud, unfair competition, shareholder and brokerage claims.
Michael's practice includes drafting and negotiating business contracts; operating, joint venture and partnership agreements; handbooks; and employment/independent contractor, noncompete and separation agreements. Michael also advises management on the vast employment laws affecting businesses, including wage and hour compliance, noncompete and trade-secret protection, hiring and termination, policies and procedures, leaves of absence and disability accommodation.
Michael was selected in 2016 and 2017 for inclusion on the New Jersey Super Lawyers Rising Stars© list and in 2018 and 2019 on the New Jersey Super Lawyers© list, based on a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.
In 2014, Michael was named one of the New Jersey Law Journal's New Leaders of the Bar, a listing of the top 50 lawyers under the age of 40 to watch in coming years.
- Employment litigation
- Employment counseling
- Commercial litigation and business disputes
- Complex business litigation
- New Jersey, 2004
- New York, 2004
- U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 2004
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, 2004
- U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 2004
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
- University of Miami School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2004; articles and comments editor, Inter-American Law Review, and author of "Seeking a Standard: Reconciling Child Abuse with Condoned Cultural Practices," 34 U. Miami Inter-Am. L. Rev. 491 (2003)
- University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
- University of North Carolina, Greensboro
- New Jersey State Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section
- New York State Bar Association
- Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Labor and Employment Committee
- Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Restaurant and Hospitality Committee
- "Employee or Independent Contractor? What You Need To Know," Feb. 11, 2014, New York City Chapter of the National Guild for Community Arts Education and Coalition of Community Schools of the Arts
- "New Jersey Civil Trial Preparation," Feb. 7, 2014, Association of the Bar of the City of New York
- "New Jersey Bridge the Gap: New Jersey Civil Practice," Feb. 8, 2013, Association of the Bar of the City of New York
- "New Jersey Civil Trial Preparation," Oct. 11, 2011, Association of the Bar of the City of New York
- "New Jersey Bridge the Gap: New Jersey Civil Practice," Jan. 31, 2011, Association of the Bar of the City of New York
- "Tri-State Employment Law: The Critical Distinctions You Need to Know," Dec. 14, 2010, Association of the Bar of the City of New York
- "Career Opportunities in Small Law Firms: A Panel Discussion," April 24, 2008, Association of the Bar of the City of New York
- Board of Directors, Moms Helping Moms Foundation, Inc
- Advisory Board, NJ LEEP. NJ LEEP seeks to empower youth from underserved neighborhoods in northern New Jersey to greater educational achievement.
- Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City, Young Professionals Committee (formerly)
- New Jersey LEEP Mentor, providing law-related and college-access programming to urban middle and high school students in northern New Jersey.