Michael J. Riccobono is an employment litigator who regularly defends employers against single- and multi-plaintiff discrimination, harassment, whistleblower, retaliation, and non-competition/non-solicitation matters before both state and federal courts and government agencies. He has represented employers of all sizes and from a number of different industries, ranging from international Fortune 500 corporations to closely-held and family businesses, in the financial, pharmaceutical, manufacturing, and insurance industries. In addition to handling complex employment litigation, Michael regularly works closely with in-house counsel, executive officers and directors, and human resources professionals on a wide range of day-to-day employment counseling issues.
While in law school, Michael served as a legal intern with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission where he assisted trial attorneys in the investigation of federal employment discrimination claims and preparation for depositions and court proceedings. He also completed a judicial internship with the Honorable Faith S. Hochberg, U.S.D.J. where he prepared legal memoranda and judicial opinions in a variety of matters before the Court.
Michael is also involved in numerous community-based and civic organizations. He currently serves as an Advisory Board Member for the NJ Law and Education Employment Program (“NJLEEP”), a college access and success program serving students and families in the greater Newark area. He is also a former attorney mentor for an NJLEEP high school student.
In addition, since 2010, Michael has been an active member Sidney Reitman Inn of Court, the first American Inn of Court devoted exclusively to Labor and Employment Law advocacy. Members of the Inn include several of New Jersey’s most esteemed attorneys in private practice, state and federal government, and the judiciary. He has served also on the Inn’s Program Planning Committee, which is responsible for preparing substantive and practical programs to educate new lawyers in the fundamentals of practicing employment law.
Finally, Michael serves on the Alumni Council for his law school alma mater, Seton Hall University School of Law, and is a past co-chair of the Council’s G.O.L.D. Committee (Graduates of the Last Decade).
Prior to joining Ogletree Deakins, Michael worked in the Employment and Labor Law Department at Gibbons P.C. Michael is also a former judicial law clerk to the Honorable Patricia K. Costello, A.J.S.C. (Ret.).