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Michael P. Pappas

Employment and labor Attorney at New York, NY

5.0   10 reviews
  • State Years
    New Jersey - NJ 9 years
    California - CA 11 years
    New York - NY 33 years
  • Licensed for 9 years
    State NJ
    Acquired 2014
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 11 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2012
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 33 years
    State NY
    Acquired 1990
    Currently Registered No misconduct found

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Michael Pappas is an experienced employment law attorney who has been successfully representing and advising clients for more than 28 years. Mr. Pappas has extensive experience in all aspects of employment law, including wage and hour matters, employment discrimination and harassment, whistleblowing and retaliation, trade secrets and non-compete agreements, employee privacy and social media, executive compensation, employment contracts, wrongful termination, disability and medical leave laws, and employment practice compliance reviews. He has proven expertise handling complex lawsuits, class actions, financial industry arbitrations, and proceedings before government agencies, as well as conducting internal investigations and policy audits, and providing practical and strategic advice and counseling. 

During his career, Mr. Pappas has provided effective and efficient legal representation to a diverse group of clients, from individuals to small businesses to the largest corporations in America. He has a long track record of achieving outstanding results and helping clients accomplish their goals in a timely and cost-effective manner.

Prior to starting his own firm, Mr. Pappas practiced at the nation’s top employment law firms for more than 24 years. For more than a decade, Mr. Pappas was a Partner at one of the leading employment & labor law firm in the United States. He is a graduate of Boston University School of Law, where he was a Distinguished Scholar and an Editor of the Boston University Law Review.

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Michael P. Pappas Law Firm, P.C.
3 Columbus Circle
15th Floor
New York, NY, 10019


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  10 customer reviews
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Posted by anonymous | August 13, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing & fast process
He was super informative, patient, and speedy with my lawsuit. Would high recommend his services!
Posted by CNS | May 21, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Mr. Pappas did a great job representing me. He was prompt, knowledgeable and easy to work with. I never once felt pressured to do anything. He kept me informed and explained every detail.
Posted by E.K. | February 10, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Wages and tips
I hired Mr. Pappas for my wages and tips case against my former employer. I worked for the company for 10+ yrs. I had no idea that I was being paid incorrectly and unfairly until a coworker read a similar case in an article. I researched and called Mr. Pappas for legal advice. He was friendly, polite, and heard my case start to finish. He told me indeed I was being underpaid and that I'm owed all lost wages+tips going back up to 6 years (NY state law). At the end I was able to recover my wages, tips, plus another $10,000 in fines. I was surprised how much I was able to receive even after I left my thing that stood out was he always answered my emails and calls (which was a HUGE deal as I've dealt with lawyers in the past who never answer their phones!) I highly recommend Mr. Pappas, 5 stars all the way
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Posted by anonymous | January 15, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Sex discrimination case
Mr. Pappas helped me with my sex discrimination case against a restaurant in NYC. This was my first lawsuit so I was nervous but Mr. Pappas walked me through the legal process, what my options are, and which steps to take in order to achieve the best outcome. I gave him the information he needed and he handled everything else. It was totally stressless for me. I was able to get a good settlement and now can move on with my life. Mr. Pappas was very professional and straight to the point. I appreciate his help and have already recommended my friends to him. Thank you.
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Posted by Kat | December 21, 2016
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| Consulted Attorney
Michael is so thorough, thoughtful, and honest. He was also understanding, and gave great insights. Thanks to Michael, I made a good decision. He was frank- I could spend a lot of money hiring a lawyer, my payoff would be little in the end- or I could just let go and walk away. I did just that. I feel like a burden has been lifted off my shoulders. Thank you, Michael. Clients are lucky to have you.
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Posted by anonymous | June 8, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Michael assisted me with my contract. He was understanding of my curiosity to the language (no matter how elemental my questions were) and was clear in his explanations. I explained to him the points I wanted in writing, and he did a fantastic job getting the language in the contract. I'll certainly use him again next time!
Posted by Raj | May 24, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
A true professional
Mike took over my case when I had completely lost confidence in my prior counsel. From the moment I first met Mike, I knew I had made the right choice. Mike is extremely knowledgeable, tenacious, unflappable and reasonable. Mike was thoughtful in his approach to the litigation and worked to obtain the most favorable outcome for me while remaining extremely mindful of the impact of the litigation on my small business. He is kind, gracious and sophisticated and was, overall, an absolute pleasure to work with. I will continue to use Mike in the future whenever the need arises and I encourage others to work with him as well.
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Posted by anonymous | May 21, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Michael was a extreme pleasure to work with. He was professional and urgent. He made the process very simple and easy. I would use him again in the future and/or recommend him to family and friends.
Posted by Victoria | May 16, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Pleasure to work with!
Michael Pappas is an extremely astute lawyer with a fantastic demeanor! He will work with you to ensure you get what is deserved and rightful. I fully trusted him with my sensitive law suit and knew he would do his best for the most suitable outcome. His patience, communication and attentiveness are all attributes that would make him my first choice in seeking professional help.
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Posted by anonymous | May 15, 2016
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Successful settlement with major pharmaceutical company
Mr. Pappas assisted me in a highly sensitive matter involving wrongful termination resulting from my uncovering potentially unethical and illegal behavior by the company. His tenaciousness and professionalism were key in securing a settlement commensurate with the circumstances, for which I am grateful.
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AVVO RATING 8.5 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Littler Mendelson
  • 2001 - 2014
  • Adjunct Professor
  • New York University School Of Continuing & Professional Studies
  • 1996 - 1997
  • Partner
  • Roberts & Finger
  • 1994 - 2001
  • Associate
  • Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe
  • 1991 - 1994
  • Associate
  • Baer Marks & Upham
  • 1989 - 1991
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  • Boston University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1989
  • St John's University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1986

Legal Cases

  • Biz2Credit, Inc. v. Kular, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 66674
  • Moore v. Kingsbrook Jewish Med. Ctr., 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 107111
  • Dollar v. Brooklyn Hosp. Ctr., 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 122780
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  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Hellenic Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • G. Joseph Tauro Distinguished Scholar
  • Boston University School of Law
  • 1987
  • Law Review
  • Boston University School of Law
  • 1987


  • The Lexis Practice Advisor Journal
  • Reduce Litigation Risks When Hiring From a Competitor
  • 2017
  • Lexis Nexis Publishing
  • Negotiating Settlement Agreements on Behalf of Employees
  • 2016
  • Lexis Nexis Publishing
  • Drafting and Filing Summary Judgment Motions For EEO Claims
  • 2015
  • Littler ASAP
  • Damned If You Do, Damned If You Don't: Terminating Accused Harasser Can Lead to Liability for “Sex Stereotyping”
  • 2009
  • Littler ASAP
  • A “Constructive” Decision: The Employee Choice Doctrine Is Alive and Well in New York
  • 2007
  • Littler ASAP
  • New York Employers Must Obtain Proof of Age From “Youthful” Employees
  • 2006
  • Employee Relations Law Journal
  • Is There a Better Way? Compulsory Arbitration of Employment Discrimination Claims after Gilmer
  • 1994
  • Boston University Law Review
  • Editor
  • 1989
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Speaking Engagements

  • Hellenic Lawyers Association - Continuing Legal Education
  • Advising Clients on Employment Matters: The Plaintiff's Perspective
  • 2017

Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (4)
Endorse Michael
Employment and labor Attorney | Apr 13
Relationship: Other
"Mr. Pappas is an experienced attorney who works hard for his clients. Highly recommended."
Employment and labor Attorney | Mar 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this attorney, whose reputation and credentials speak for themselves."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jun 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Pappas is one of the finest Employment and Labor attorneys in his state. I highly recommend his legal services."
Employment and labor
Divorce and separation
Divorce and separation
New York Employment and labor Lawyer Michael P. Pappas
Michael P. Pappas
Employment and labor Attorney
New York, NY
Licensed for 33 years