In addition to being a Partner at Tully Rinckey PLLC, Michael is the Section Chair of the firm’s New York State Employment Group. He focuses his practice on federal and private sector employment law claims, including claims involving the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), New York Labor Law, New York Executive Law and Qui Tam claims. In his federal employment practice, Michael has represented employees before the following: United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB); Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC); National Labor Relations Board (NLRB); Office of Special Counsel (OSC); and Various Offices of the Inspector General (OIG).
In his New York State employment practice, Michael represents employees and employers in both federal and state court, including claims before the following: New York State Division of Human Rights; EEOC; Department of Labor (DOL); Unemployment Insurance Board (UIB); and, Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB). Michael also handles disciplinary hearings in the union, municipality, school district and civil service areas, as well as contract negotiations, severance negotiations, and advising employees and employers regarding disciplinary investigations.
In addition to his practice in New York State and federal employment, Michael focuses his practice on all aspects of civil litigation. Whether handling contract disputes, business agreements, corporate formation, employment agreements, collections, Michael is always the strongest advocate for his client’s best interests.
On a personal side, Michael earned his bachelor’s degree from Union College, with a concentration in English literature and a minor in German. He has studied and lived abroad, learning German and architecture in Vienna, Austria and growing up in Switzerland as a child. After receiving his baccalaureate from Union, Michael went on to earn a graduate certificate in Foundations in Business from the University of Massachusetts. Michael earned his juris doctorate from Albany Law School, graduating cum laude.
Michael gets frequent requests from local and regional media outlets to respond to relevant legal issues. He has written on emerging legal issues, including dozens of articles on employment related issues and emerging legal issues. Michael was featured in the Times Union “My Other Life” column, focusing on the work him and his wife, Deanndra, volunteer to a local animal rescue agency.