When employers are faced with a charge or lawsuit alleging a violation of employment law, or want to make sure they are in compliance with the latest legal requirements, they turn to Mike.
Mike regularly represents employers in state and federal court, defending against actions alleging violations of employment laws such as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, including class actions, as well as collective and class actions under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and New York Labor Law (NYLL).
Counseling clients in a wide range of industries—including manufacturing, retail, healthcare, and not-for-profit organizations—Mike provides advice and training on all aspects of the employment relationship. He is also a member of the Wage & Hour Defense Institute, a national network of wage and hour defense litigators.
He has successfully represented employers before:
- The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in several states, obtaining dismissals of charges alleging harassment, discrimination, and retaliation.
- The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), during both inspections and the post-inspection citation process, as well as state agencies that operate their own OSHA-compliant programs, including several high-profile matters.
- New York State agencies, including the New York State Division of Human Rights, the New York State Industrial Board of Appeals, and the New York State Unemployment Insurance Appeal Board.
- Arbitrators from the American Arbitration Association (AAA) and Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) concerning labor and contract issues.
Representative Labor and Employment Cases:
- Evans v. Epimed International, 2020 U.S. Dist LEXIS 84931 (N.D.N.Y. May 14, 2020). Mike successfully obtained early dismissal of a case brought by a former employee alleging discrimination.
- Yaghi v. Pioneer Bank, 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 173171 (N.D.N.Y. Oct. 9, 2018). Mike obtained summary judgment for the client in the case of a former employee alleging Family and Medical Leave retaliation and national origin discrimination.
- Nielsen v. Pioneer Bank, 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 167060 (N.D.N.Y. Sept. 28, 2018). Mike obtained summary judgment for the client in the case of a former employee alleging gender and age discrimination.
- Colon v. Sabic Innovative Plastics US, LLC, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 129223 (N.D.N.Y. Aug. 15, 2017). Mike obtained summary judgment for the client in the case of a former employee alleging pregnancy discrimination and retaliation.
- Savoie v. Genpak, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 168691 (D. Minn. Dec. 15, 2014). After removing the case to federal court, Mike obtained summary judgment for the client in the case of a former employee claiming age discrimination and retaliation.
- Dipigney v. AutoZoners, 2014 DNH 214 (D.N.H. 2014). After removing the case to federal court, Mike obtained summary judgment for the client in the case of a former employee alleging national origin discrimination under state and federal law.
- Joiner v. MVP Service Corp., 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 36275 (W.D.N.Y. Mar. 19, 2014). Obtained summary judgment for the employer in a case where a former employee alleged hostile work environment, harassment and discrimination based on her race and gender, and alleged retaliation based on her previous filing of an EEOC charge.
- A wage and hour collective and class action initially brought against a nationwide client on a nationwide basis that was significantly narrowed in scope and size over the course and discovery, and ultimately resolved via court-approved settlement.
- A wage and hour collective and class action brought against a hospital by current and former employees alleging time worked during meal periods, which was ultimately resolved via court approved settlement.
Mike is a 1996 graduate of the United States Naval Academy, and was a submarine officer in the United States Navy until 2004. He served onboard the USS NEVADA (SSBN 733) based out of Bangor, Washington; instructed students at the Naval Nuclear Power Training Unit in Ballston Spa, New York; and was the Submarine Manpower Analyst for the office of the Chief of Naval Personnel in Washington, D.C. Before returning to upstate New York and joining Bond, Mike was an attorney at the Washington, D.C. office of a multinational law firm.
Honors & Affiliations
- Lisa Niles Distinguished Alumni Award, Leadership Saratoga, 2018
- Listed in:
- The Best Lawyers in America®, 2021, Employment Law - Management; Labor Law - Management; Litigation - Labor and Employment
- Best Lawyers Albany Labor Law - Management Lawyer of the Year, 2021
- New York Super Lawyers® 2020, Employment and Labor
- BTI Client Service All-Stars 2017
- Order of the Coif
- Associate Editor, Georgetown Law Journal
- Panelist, ABR Straight Talk: So, Now What?, Albany Business Review, August 6, 2020
- Ireland/NYS Spotlight Series - New York: Strategic US Entry Location, Globaify & Saratoga County Economic Development Corporation, July 21, 2020
- COVID-19 Liability Issues, The Business Council, May 27, 2020
- COVID-19: Your Questions Answered - A Special Broadcast, Saratoga's Star Radio, March 16, 2020
- Implications for Employers of Legalized Recreational Marijuana, The Business Council, 2018 Annual Meeting, September 24, 2018
- Sexual Harassment Law - Look at Law 2018, LookTV, September 18, 2018
- Family Leave Act - Look at Law 2018, LookTV, August 10, 2018
- Labor Law - Look at Law 2018, LookTV, June 6, 2018
- A Look at Law, LookTV, May 1, 2018
- Times Up: Navigating Sexual Harassment in an Evolving Legal and Cultural Landscape, ESSAE Annual Conference & Trade Show, June 21, 2018
- What’s New and What’s Next, Alloya Corporate Federal Credit Union CFO Roundtable, September 29, 2017
- Workplace Violence, New York State Payroll Conference Association 2017 Statewide Conference, September 28, 2017
- Cybersecurity and Data Privacy, New York State Payroll Conference Association 2017 Statewide Conference, September 28, 2017
- Family Leave Act - Look at Law 2018, LookTV, August 10, 2018
- New York Paid Family Leave, Minich MacGregor Wealth Management Employer Insights Breakfast Series, June 15, 2017
- Panel Member, Cybersecurity for Human Resource Professionals, CNY SHRM, April 6, 2017
- Panel Member, Tracking the Latest Initiatives of the New Secretary of Labor, and What is On the Horizon for Labor Agendas in the Year Ahead?, American Conference Institute’s 30th National Forum on Wage & Hour Claims and Class Actions, June 12, 2016
- Will Overtime Rules Changes Impact Your Organization? Upcoming Exemption Changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act, Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce, October 18, 2016
- Legal Ethical Implications of Social Networking by Attorneys and Clients, Panel Member, New York State Bar Association Seminar, November 24, 2014
- Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce, Human Resources Seminar, February 19, 2014
- Guest Column: When Dealing with the Coronavirus, the Magic Legal Word is 'Reasonable', Albany Business Review, March 20, 2020
- Co-Author, 2019 Chambers USA Regional Employment Guide, New York Chapter
- Quoted in "Workplace Harassment Becomes Much More Costly," The Daily Gazette, July 15, 2019
- Quoted in "What Employers Need to Know About New York's New Harassment Prevention Law," Albany Business Review, July 9, 2019
- "Business Report: What About Last-Minute Schedule Pay?," Saratoga Business Journal, April 5, 2018; Glens Falls Business Journal, April 12, 2018
- Quoted in "Many firms unaware of new OSHA slip and fall requirements," Newsday, May 28, 2017
- "Business Report: What To Do When Demand Exceeds Output," Saratoga Business Journal, April 7, 2017; Glens Falls Business Journal, April 14, 2017
- Quoted in “OSHA limit on silica exposure: excessive?,” Buffalo Law Journal, July 18, 2016
- Quoted in “Businesses must contend with higher workplace safety fines,” Albany Business Review, July 6, 2016
- Billok, Michael D. and Stevens, Christopher J., "Keeping Up With Evolving Cybersecurity Regulations,” New York Law Journal, June 6, 2016
- "OSHA Makes Sweeping Changes to its Illness and Injury Reporting Rule," Business Journal News Network, May 21, 2016
- Michael D. Billok and Clifford G. Tsan, "Cybersecurity Insurance: Facing Hidden Risks and Uncertainty," New York Law Journal, May 2, 2016
- "Business Report: Is 2016 Open For Business?," Saratoga Business Journal, January 8, 2016
- "Court Calls a Fault on Tennis Umpires’ Misclassification Argument," Bond Complex Litigation Quarterly, Spring 2015
- President, Board of Directors, Adult & Senior Center of Saratoga Springs
- Board Member, Saratoga County Economic Opportunity Council
- Board Member, Saratoga-Warren-Washington Workforce Development
- Leadership Tech Valley Graduate, 2012
- Leadership Saratoga Graduate, 2014