Mike is a partner in the firm’s Employment Law and Litigation groups. Mike steadfastly guides clients through difficult and complex employment problems. Relying on more than two decades of experience, Mike listens to clients and provides practical solutions for a wide variety of employment issues. He routinely works closely with clients to develop strategies to avoid or minimize risks.
Mike is often called upon to protect his clients’ rights. He has handled numerous employment cases in federal court, state court, Pennsylvania Superior Court, Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission (PHRC), the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, and the Bureau of Unemployment Compensation. He has successfully represented clients, including obtaining favorable jury verdicts in cases involving Title VII (sex, age, disability, national origin, religion, and race discrimination), the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Pennsylvania Minimum Wage Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, OSHA, wrongful discharge, breach of contract, non-compete agreements, workers’ compensation, unemployment compensation, and defamation.
In his food & agribusiness practice, he has represented a client in the fish farm business, has defended a dairy producer in an FMLA/ADA discrimination claim and drafted employment agreements for a produce company.
Mike lectures on employment topics for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, corporations, and associations. He is active in the community serving on non-profit boards over the last several years.
Click to read some of Mike's recent litigation victories:
After a two-day hearing, an arbitrator agreed that a former CEO of a technology company and subsidiary of a central Pennsylvania bank must pay back his ownership stake in the company after he departed. Officials from the technology company predicted that the opposite decision from the arbitrator would have been disastrous to the company.
Obtained a jury verdict for an employer in a case brought by a terminated employee alleging breach of contract and defamation. The employee claimed the employer did not have cause based on his employment agreement to terminate his employment. He was seeking six months of wages, costs of litigation and attorneys’ fees. Furthermore, the employee alleged the employer defamed him to prospective employers so he was not able to obtain a job. The county judge dismissed the defamation claim prior to jury deliberations. The employer’s witnesses testified that the employee was fired for falsifying documents and violating the employer’s policies. The jury found in favor of the employer.
Obtained a jury verdict for an employer in a case brought by two terminated employees alleging a violation of the New Jersey whistleblower law. The plaintiffs were seeking in excess of $10 million in damages. After a week-long trial, a county jury found in favor of the employer.
Obtained a jury verdict for a landlord accused of negligence by his tenant. The tenant alleged that a leaking gutter above her front door caused ice to form on the concrete porch in front of her front door. Plaintiff claimed that while taking the trash out one morning, she slipped on a spot of ice and broke her ankle that eventually required five surgeries. After three days of testimony from various witnesses and experts, the county jury found the landlord not negligent.
Obtained a jury verdict in federal court in Philadelphia for an employer in a case brought by a terminated employee alleging a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. An employee claimed the employer terminated him because he suffered from attention deficit disorder. The employer presented witnesses that it terminated the employee for poor job performance. The jury agreed with the employer and found no violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.