University of Miami, J.D., 1993
Loyola University Chicago,
United States Supreme Court
In college Michael worked for a company that faced false charges from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and he witnessed first-hand the destruction of a business that employed over a thousand people. He went to law school to protect businesses from harmful allegations and to counsel them on lawful operations. Michael’s clients don’t just see him as a lawyer; he is an integral part of their business. He views each company from a holistic standpoint and helps his clients understand the relationship between their human resources operations and their business success.
As a partner with our Labor & Employment Practice Group, Michael assists clients in union avoidance, collective bargaining, contract administration, unfair labor practices, grievance and arbitration, wage and hour issues, and discrimination. He represents clients in various industries, including government contractors, security, commercial laundry, manufacturing, energy, telecommunications, retail, automotive and health care.
In more than 20 years of practicing law, Michael has successfully represented employers in dozens of union organizing campaigns. He has worked on more than 1,000 unfair labor practice investigations and has successfully tried many unfair labor practices cases, including defending employers against government efforts seeking injunctive relief in federal court. His experience involves vacating arbitration awards, complex and class action wage-hour matters, pension collection cases and injunctions against picketing in Section 301 cases. He also litigates cases involving ERISA, The Railway Labor Act, and unfair competition cases.
According to Michael, loyalty is the single most important trait in law and in life. He appreciates the sacrifices it takes to operate a successful business and he stands by those who manage businesses during tough times.
- Successfully defended a multi-national corporation in a multi-state wage and hour class action case brought on by the Department of Labor
- Vacated an arbitration award on behalf of a national industrial sound control company
- Successfully represented a national food service company in a class action case alleging misclassification of management employees
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