Michael Starr - Holland & Knight, LLP

Michael Starr

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2008
Phone: 212-513-3506

Michael Starr practices in all areas of employment and labor relations law. He conducts litigation in both state and federal trial courts, as well as before the United States courts of appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court. In addition to defending employers in employment discrimination, breach of contract and other matters, his experience involves obtaining labor injunctions, the defense of employers in class action lawsuits alleging employment discrimination or wage-law violations, non-competition and employee disloyalty litigation, and international employment law.

Mr. Starr represents management before the NLRB and in other agency proceedings, as well as in arbitration, mediation and collective bargaining. Mr. Starr advises clients on preventive labor and employee relations practices.

His clients are engaged in a broad range of industries. He has represented companies engaged in hospitality, communications, media, publishing and management consulting, as well as in financial services, retail, manufacturing and construction.

Mr. Starr is frequently published on employment issues, is the regular employment law columnist for The National Law Journal and was an editor of the Yale Law Journal.

Before entering private practice, Mr. Starr served as a law clerk to The Honorable Abner J. Mikva, circuit judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C.

His extensive additional activities include being a member of the Pro Bono Panel for civil appeals of the U.S. Court for the Second Circuit and a mediator for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. He was also a founding board member and member of the Board of Directors of the Court Appointment Special Advocates (CASA), a board member of the Lawyers Alliance for New York, a member of the Board of Arbitrators with the National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD) and of the Human Resources Committee for the New York City Partnership and Chamber of Commerce.

University of MichiganPh.D. Yale Law SchoolJ.D. Binghamton UniversityBA
College of Labor and Employment LawyersAmerican Bar FoundationAmerican Bar AssociationAssociation of the Bar of the City of New YorkFederal Bar CouncilInternational Society for Labor Law

Case History

Other Court Admissions
    • U.S. Supreme Court
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
    • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
    • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
    • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
    • U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York

Client Comments

"Michael Starr is an extremely thorough, conscientious and aggressive lawyer who gets great results. He is probably the smartest person I have ever worked with."

"I have found Holland & Knight's NY labor and employment practice to be exceptional. They are immediately responsive and pragmatic but are also capable of providing analysis on very complex areas of the law. "

-Keith Grossman
Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.

"Michael Starr is a terrific employment lawyer who has made enormous contributions for me at two companies now. He is one of the best negotiators I know and has produced quantifiable results that have saved us millions."

Office Location

31 West 52nd Street
New York, NY 10019
United States

Practice Areas

Employment Law - Management
Labor Law - Management
Litigation - Labor and Employment