Michael is a Partner in the Litigation Practice Group and focuses his practice on Labor Relations and Employment Litigation. He 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.

REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS:

  • 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.

Education

J.D., University of Miami School of Law
B.B.A, Loyola University Chicago

State Bar Admissions

Illinois
California

Federal Bar Admissions

United States Supreme Court