Michael is a shareholder who defends employers in discrimination, harassment and sexual harassment, wrongful termination, breach of contract, retaliation, wage and hour, and other employment-related cases. He also represents employers in unfair competition matters and is particularly experienced in defense of whistleblower claims brought under the New Jersey Conscientious Employee Protection Act and New York Labor Law. Uniquely, he also has experience in defense of claims arising under both the New Jersey and New York Prevailing Wage laws. When litigation is necessary, Michael is an experienced first chair trial attorney who has obtained numerous defense verdicts in both state and federal court.
In addition to his litigation practice, Michael responsively counsels his clients in their day-to-day matters to help them minimize litigation risk and achieve their business objectives. He advises on employment policies, leave and accommodation issues, and conducts trainings on both wage and hour compliance and workplace harassment prevention.
Michael also devotes a substantial percentage of his practice to serving New York employers. Prior to joining Ogletree, Michael was an Assistant Corporation Counsel in the City of New York’s Office of the Corporation Counsel. He most recently was a Senior Counsel in the Labor and Employment Division, and, prior to that, he tried back-to-back tort cases in Manhattan, defending particularly the Police Department at trial in actions asserted by members of the public. He has litigated in nearly every civil court in New York City.
Michael is a graduate of Fordham Law School, where he was an Intraschool Editor of the Brendan Moore Trial Advocacy Center and Associate Editor of the Fordham Intellectual Property, Media, and Entertainment Law Journal. As a law student, he twice advanced to the national finals in trial competitions. He regularly serves as a mock trial judge for law school trial competitions and he is also active with the Georgetown University Baker Scholars Program.