A graduate of Columbia Law School and the University of Michigan (Economics), Michael is a labor and employment law attorney who began his career with the New York Regional Office of the National Labor Relations Board. Since entering private practice, he has represented management in all facets of labor and employment law, both in for-profit and not-for-profit settings, including in his capacities as a Managing Partner with Benetar Isaacs Bernstein & Schair, and as a Senior Partner and Of Counsel with Bond, Schoeneck & King. He is a frequent lecturer and contributing editor and author to major federal and state labor and employment law treatises and periodicals.

Michael has chaired the Labor & Employment Law Section of the New York State Bar Association and is a member of its Executive Committee. In addition he has chaired both the Labor Committee of the New York City Bar Association and the Federal Labor Standards Legislation Committee of the American Bar Association (inter alia, The Age Discrimination in Employment Act, The Equal Pay Act, and The Fair Labor Standards Act). Michael also has served as a member of:

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  • Listed in:
    • The Best Lawyers in America®, Employment Law - Management, Labor Law - Management, Litigation - Labor and Employment, 1987-2023 (listed for more than 30 years)
    • Chambers USA 2022, Labor and Employment
    • New York Metro Super Lawyers®, Employment & Labor, 2022

  • 2020 Chambers USA Regional Employment Guide, Introduction Author
  • 2019 Chambers USA Regional Employment Guide, First and Second Edition, Sole Contributing Editor

  • How to be an Anti-Racist Labor Lawyer, New York State Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section, October 15, 2021
  • Annual Employment Law Workshop for Federal Judges, Session Moderator, Implicit Bias, April 28, 2021
  • Annual Employment Law Workshop for Federal Judges, Panelist, Implicit Bias, March 9, 2020