He has tried over 40 cases to verdict in the areas of employment law and civil rights. In 2007, at the age of 41, he was named to a list of preeminent attorneys within the state of Connecticut. Later in 2007, he was listed among the top lawyers in New England.
In addition to representing employers in federal and state courts, Michael provides representation before numerous government agencies, including the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities, the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission, state and federal Departments of Labor and the Connecticut Freedom of Information Commission. He serves as General Counsel to the Connecticut State Employees Retirement Commission, where he provides legal advice to the Trustees who oversee Connecticut's state employee pension funds.
Michael is regarded as a creative litigator with a sound knowledge of the statutory and the public policy goals behind today's employment laws. He has crafted unique approaches and defense strategies, such as interlocutory appeals, federal removal, affirmative and aggressive use of res judicata, collateral estoppel and constitutional pre-emption, and constitutional and jurisdictional challenges to court proceedings. His defense philosophy is shaped by the recognition that while our nation's laws have the best of intentions, they can often be misused by problem employees and their creative counsel. In 2003, Michael was successful in having a federal judge declare a federal Department of Labor regulation under the American's with Disabilities Act as unconstitutional.
- Recently defended a Connecticut municipality against a bad faith discharge claim brought by a former Deputy Chief of Police. Trial concluded with a defense verdict.
- Successfully defended a municipality at trial of a claim involving disability discrimination brought by a public works employee.
- Successfully defended a major class action brought against Connecticut's Retirement Fund. The case was dismissed under the Administrative Procedures Act.
- Obtained a reversal of a Federal Court's denial of qualified immunity for a Chief of Police sued by her subordinate for First Amendment violations.