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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).

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  • Lisa Niles Distinguished Alumni Award, Leadership Saratoga, 2018
  • Listed in:
    • The Best Lawyers in America®, Employment Law - Management; Labor Law - Management; Litigation - Labor and Employment, 2020-2022
      • Lawyer of the Year - Albany, Labor Law - Management 2021
    • New York Super Lawyers®, Employment and Labor, 2021
    • 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 BroadcastSaratoga'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

  • OSHA Released COVID-19 Workplace Safety Rule for Health-Care EmployersCentral New York Business Journal, July 8, 2021
  • Quoted in "2nd Circ. Tells FLSA Plaintiffs To 'Put Up The Goods'," Law360, May 12, 2021
  • 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, 2020
  • Leadership Saratoga Graduate, 2014
  • Leadership Tech Valley Graduate, 2012