Michael focuses his practice on commercial litigation and labor and employment law. Michael has extensive experience handling varied labor and employment issues, including ADA litigation and issues relating to ADA compliance; COBRA litigation; discrimination and harassment claims; employment contracts, including drafting and litigation relating to non-compete agreements, confidentiality agreements, severance agreements, and employment handbooks and policies. Michael regularly handles and litigates FLSA issues, retaliation and whistleblower claims, and various other types of employment-related disputes. Michael also spends a significant amount of time practicing in the area of general commercial litigation, including litigation relating to all types of business disputes, construction contracts and disputes, D&O responsibilities, deceptive trade practices, and shareholder derivative actions and disputes.
Michael represents employers in matters before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the United States Department of Labor, the Florida Commission on Human Relations and the Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation. He assists employers in complying with federal and state employment laws, as well as in implementing preventive measures to avoid litigation, including the formulation of personnel policies and procedures. Michael has conducted training seminars on, among other things, prevention of discrimination and harassment in the workplace and wage and hour compliance. He is a frequent speaker on a variety of workplace law topics.
Michael’s goal is to bring the quickest, most rewarding resolution to his clients’ disputes, and to assist in avoiding employment disputes at the outset. His aggressive, no-nonsense approach makes him a trusted legal advisor to his clients.
In his free time, Michael is a Gators football fan and a coach for his kids’ sports’ teams.