Michael represents management in employment-related disputes before state and federal courts and administrative agencies in both New Jersey and New York. He has defended large and small companies, professional firms, hospitals, government agencies, and individual defendants in claims alleging wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment and sexual harassment, retaliation, whistleblowing, wage and hour, and unfair competition. Michael is an experienced trial attorney who has obtained defense verdicts in both state and federal court as well as summary judgments and dismissals alike. He also counsels clients towards proactive solutions and policies aimed at preventing disputes and has experience conducting sexual harassment trainings.
Prior to joining Ogletree, Michael served as an Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of New York in the Office of the Corporation Counsel. He most recently served in the Labor and Employment Division as a Senior Counsel and was responsible for the defense of senior and commissioner level officials as well as the City’s agencies, such as the New York City Police Department, Fire Department, Department of Education, and NYC Health + Hospitals. Before that, he served in the Manhattan Borough Unit of the Tort Division as a back-to-back trial attorney.
In law school, Michael was an Intraschool Editor of the Brendan Moore Trial Advocacy Center and competed on four national trial competition teams, twice advancing to the national finals. He was an Associate Editor of the Fordham Intellectual Property, Media, and Entertainment Law Journal and interned with the New York City Department of Investigation.
Michael is active with both the Fordham Law School alumni and the Georgetown University Baker Scholars alumni groups. He is a native of Morristown.