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I am passionate about the practice of employment law on behalf of employers.  My focus is on helping employers make employment-related decisions intended to avoid or reduce the risks of litigation.

I have also successfully represented employers in all aspects of litigation in state and federal courts, before state and federal administrative agencies, and in arbitration involving claims of workplace harassment, discrimination, wrongful termination, whistle-blower retaliation, reasonable accommodation, breach of contract, civil rights, non-competition violations, minority shareholder oppression, intentional infliction of emotional distress, protected concerted activity, and wage and hour.  I also take great pride in effectively and efficiently resolving lawsuits and administrative charges, consistent with the employer’s strategic objectives.

Please contract me to discuss how I may assist your organization.  Thank you for viewing my profile.




Practice areas


  1. Employment: 100%
    17 years

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  • Kathleen M Connelly

    Mike and I were co-counsel in a protracted employment/shareholder action. Mike entered the litigation with a solid foundation of employment law and quickly grasped the multiple complicated legal issues in the case. At all times Mike was fully prepared and always conducted himself as a true professional. Both his demeanor and legal acumen were key to a favorable resolution of the case for our client.


    Kathleen Connelly Employment and labor Attorney
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  • Vincent A Antoniello

    Michael is a top notch management-side employment law attorney. His versatility and knowledge of the law are second to none. He is a seasoned and successful litigator, as well as a talented counselor who can help management avoid costly employment litigation by implementing his preventative strategies. He is an engaging public speaker, and he delivers excellent training sessions for attorneys as well as his clients' workforces. Any employer looking for an employment law attorney is in terrific hands with Michael.


    Vincent Antoniello Employment and labor Attorney
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Contact info

Connell Foley LLP

85 Livingston Avenue
Roseland, NJ, 07068-3736

85 Livingston Ave
Roseland, NJ, 070681765



We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
New Jersey Super Lawyers Rising StarNew Jersey Monthly and Thomson Reuters2013
New Jersey Super Lawyers Rising StarNew Jersey Monthly and Thomson Reuters2012
New Jersey Super Lawyers Rising StarNew Jersey Monthly and Thomson Reuters2011
New Jersey Super Lawyers Rising StarNew Jersey Monthly and Law & Politics2009
Who's Who Among American Law StudentsSumma Publishing1998
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Partner - Employment LawConnell Foley LLP2003 - Present
Senior Associate - Employment LawCourter, Kobert, Laufer & Cohen, P.C.1998 - 2002
Association namePosition nameDuration
Morris County Chamber of CommerceMember2011 - Present
Society for Human Resource ManagementMember2010 - Present
USLAW Network - Employment Practice GroupEmployment Attorney2010 - Present
Morris County Economic Development CorporationMember2008 - Present
Sidney Reitman Employment Law American Inn of CourtBarrister1999 - Present
Morris County Bar AssociationMember1998 - Present
New Jersey State Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law SectionMember1998 - Present
Make-A-Wish Foundation of New JerseyVolunteer Member1998 - Present
New Jersey State Bar AssociationMember1998 - Present
Phi Alpha DeltaMember1995 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Spagnola v. Town of Morristown et al., Civil No.: 05-577 (JLL), 2006 WL 3533726 (D.N.J. December 7, 2006)N/A
Township of West Milford v. P.B.A. Local No. 162, P.E.R.C. No.: 2000-63, 26 NJPER 31042 (January 28, 2000)N/A
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Publication nameTitleDate
CorporateLiveWire - Expert Guide - Labour & Employment LawEmployee Handbooks: Three Objectives for Employers2013
New Jersey Business MagazineThe Perils of Misclassification (featured legal contributor)2011
Constructor MagazineEmployees Now Protected Against Retaliation for Merely Requesting FMLA Leave2010
New Jersey Business MagazineMandated Employee Benefits (featured legal contributor)2010
Constructor MagazinePension Plan Withdrawal Liability: A Primer2010
Client AlertEmployee or Independent Contractor? - Contractors Must Properly Classify Workers2010
Client AlertWage and Hour Concerns for Healthcare Employers2010
Client AlertNew Jersey Becomes Third State to Require Paid Family Leave2008
New Jersey Lawyer MagazineA Wrong Can Make A Right - When It's Intentional (workers' compensation exclusive-remedy provision) (co-author)2003
Seton Hall Journal of Sport LawTorts - Act of God - Does a Golf Course Owner and/or Operator Owe a Duty of Care to Their Patrons to Protect Them from Lightning Strikes?1998
Quantum Frontline Supervisor (monthly publication to national audiance)FMLA and ADA (practical tips for employer compliance)N/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Seton Hall University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1998
Seton Hall UniversityLiberal Studies / Pre-LawBA - Bachelor of Arts1995
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Workplace Harassment 101Designing an Effective Workplace Harassment Prevention Training Program2013
Continuing Legal EducationEmployment Law Jeopardy2013
Avoding the Wage and Hour TrapCorrectly Classifying Workers for Wage and Hour Purposes2013
Wage and Hour SeminarCorrectly Classifying Workers (Exempt vs. Non-Exempt and Independent Contractor vs. Employee)2012
The Hartford Financial Products - Legal Update ConferenceSocial Media in the Workplace: Potential Employer Liability and Discovery Best Practices2012
HR 201: Putting It All Into PracticePutting HR and Employment Law Into Practice2012
HR 101Hiring and Firing Dos and Don'ts2012
Employment Laws Made SimpleBest Employment Practices to Reduce the Risk of Lawsuits and Government Investigations2012
Employment Laws Made SimpleEmployee Handbooks: Hot Tips for Employers2012
Developing Employee Handbooks and PoliciesDrafting and Implementing A Practical Employee Handbook2012
USLAW National WebinarEmployee Handbooks: Hot Tips for Employers to Maximize the Benefits and to Avoid Common Drafting Errors2011
Performance Evaluation WorkshopEvaluating Your Peers - Best Practices and Pitfalls to Avoid2011
HR 101Limiting Risk From Lawsuits and Government Investigations2011
How to Prepare Employee Handbooks & Policies and Handle the Explosion of Social Media at Your WorkplaceWhy Does My Company Need An Employee Handbook?2011
Employee Handbooks 101Hot Tips for Employers to Maximize the Benefits of Employee Handbooks and to Avoid Common Drafting Errors2011
The Employer Survival WorkshopDeveloping Employee Handbooks & Policies2010
Fall Conference - Colorado Springs, ColoradoBest Practices to Avoid a Pattern and Practice Discrimination Claim2010
Human Resource Best PracticesHiring, Disciplining, and Firing Best Practices2009
2009 Labor Law UpdateLabor Law Trends and Developments2009
HR 101 - A Primer for Managing Human ResourcesRecent Developments in New Jersey Employment Law2007