About

Michael joined the firm in June of 2018.  He handles a variety of civil litigation matters including general liability, employment law, discrimination claims, professional liability, construction law, and commercial disputes.  Michael has extensive civil litigation experience and handles cases from inception through trial.  He regularly appears in federal and state courts throughout New Jersey and New York, as well as in administrative law courts and dispute resolution forums.  Prior to joining the firm, Michael practiced as an associate at a prominent New Jersey firm, concentrating his practice in defense litigation on behalf of private and public entities, with an emphasis on tort liability, labor and employment law, and civil rights defense.  He also represented clients in the areas of wage and hour claims, commercial litigation, construction law, redevelopment, and education law.  Earlier in his career, Michael was an associate at a well known litigation boutique law firm where he focused his practice on representing public entities in matters involving tort liability, labor and employment law, and civil rights defense, as well as assisted in complex commercial litigation cases.

Office Locations

  • New Jersey
  • New York

Admissions

  • New Jersey, 2012
  • New York, 2013
  • United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, 2013
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, 2016

Areas of Expertise

  • General Liability
  • Labor and Employment Law
  • Construction and Design Liability
  • Government Liability
  • School Boards/School Leaders
  • Errors & Omissions
  • Commercial Litigation

Professional and Community Involvement

  • Member, The Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey
  • Member, New Jersey State Bar Association
  • Member, Bergen County Bar Association
  • Board Member, Selma and Lawrence Ruben Center for 20s +30s at the Marlene Meyerson JCC, New York

Education

  • Seton Hall University School of Law, Juris Doctorate, 2012, Presidential Scholar
  • University of Florida, B.A., 2008, Honors Program

Reported Cases

  • Heine v. City of Paterson, 2014 WL 418473 (N.J. App. Div. 2014) (upholding trial court’s dismissal of complaint in lieu of prerogative writs challenging municipal ordinance)
  • Estate of Mark Harris, Jr., et al. v. City of Paterson, et al., 2015 WL 3866277 (N.J. Super. Ct. Law Div. 2015) (granting dismissal with prejudice to municipality for claims brought under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and state law)
  • Meleika v. Bayonne Police Department, et al., 2017 WL 4422415 (D.N.J. 2017) (granting dismissal without prejudice to police department and municipality for claims brought under 42 U.S.C. § 1983)