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Mike is the trusted counselor for many businesses, hospitals, colleges, and municipalities, assisting them in complying with the vast and ever-changing collection of applicable federal and state laws and regulations. He is his clients’ tireless advocate when disputes bring them to court, arbitration or before a federal or state agency.

Mike focuses his practice on representing and advising public and private sector employers in a wide-range of labor and employment matters, including:

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  • Listed in:
    • The Best Lawyers in America®, Employment Law - Management, 2021-2023
    • New York Super Lawyers®, Employment and Labor, 2022
      • Upstate New York Rising Star, Employment and Labor, 2018 - 2020
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Bar Association of Erie County, Labor Law Committee Chair
  • Note and Comment Editor, Buffalo Law Review
  • Editor, Intellectual Property Law Journal

  • Successfully represented a hospital in a multiple-day labor arbitration hearing, resulting in the arbitrator upholding the termination of an employee who engaged in severe misconduct.
  • Obtained a summary dismissal of a federal court action, where a former employee alleged gender discrimination and the Court agreed with the employer that insufficient evidence existed to support a conclusion that discrimination occurred.
  • Developed a college policy for handling sexual misconduct complaints in compliance with Title IX and N.Y. Education Law § 129-B and advised the college on related issues, including investigation and adjudication procedures.

  • 2021 Update on the New York State Sick Leave Laws for Employers, Clarence Chamber of Commerce Business Chat Series, February 11, 2021
  • Labor and Employment Issues in the Time of Covid-19, Bar Association of Erie County, March 25, 2020
  • Wage and Hour Law Updates, Clarence Chamber of Commerce Business Chat Series, January 30, 2020
  • Employment Law Update 2018, New York State Public Housing Authority Directors Association 2018 Fall Conference, October 24, 2018
  • Employees Gone Wild: Social Media, Alcohol, Marijuana Use and More, National Business Institute, October 10, 2018
  • DOL's New Overtime Rule, Labor and Employment Law Breakfast Briefing, Octover 16, 2016
  • FERPA Training, New York State Organization of Bursars & Business Administrators 2016 Annual Conference, June 13, 2016

  • Quoted in, "All Workers in New York State Now Allowed Time Off for Voting," Buffalo Law Journal, October 19, 2019
  • "Employers Face Immediate Deadline Under Sexual Harassment Legislation," Bar Association of Erie County Bulletin, November 2018
  • "Proposed White-Collar Rules May Not Have Intended Effect," Buffalo Law Journal, October 26, 2015
  • "Federal, State Approaches to Campus Sexual Assault," Buffalo Law Journal, October 22, 2015

  • Board of Directors, United Church Manor
  • Board of Directors, Artpark & Company