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Michael James Del Piano

Litigation Attorney at Islandia, NY

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  • Licensed for 11 years
    State NY
    Acquired 2013
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Michael J. Del Piano represents individuals and companies in complex commercial, labor and employment, and civil rights litigation and appeals. Michael’s experience includes representing plaintiffs and defendants in matters under the First Amendment, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Fair Labor Standards Act, New York State Human Rights Law, New York City Human Rights Law, whistleblower claims, RICO, 42 USC 1983, anti-SLAPP claims, State Administrative Procedure Act, enforcing arbitration agreements, and contract and business disputes before federal and state courts and agencies and in arbitration and mediation. Michael also negotiates collective bargaining agreements and employment agreements, and provides counsel to clients on personnel matters, fiduciary responsibilities, and governance.

Michael devotes a substantial portion of his practice to providing pro bono service to low-income New Yorkers through the American Bar Association’s Free Legal Answers virtual legal clinic and has been awarded with the ABA’s Pro Bono Leader Award every year since 2018. He also has served as a mentor through the New York State Bar Association Labor and Employment Committee’s Diversity Fellowship program. Michael frequently presents at continuing legal education programs on various topics.

Michael received his J.D. from Albany Law School and his B.S. from the State University of New York, University at Albany. Prior to joining Lewis Johs, Michael practiced in the Office of General Counsel for the largest statewide public sector union in the United States where he successfully defended local, state and national unions in class action lawsuits under the First Amendment, acted as lead counsel in a multi-party action that struck down regulations issued by the State University of New York regarding teacher certifications, and represented unions and individual employees in various matters under state and federal law.


Lewis Johs Avallone Aviles, LLP
1377 Motor Parkway, Ste 400
Islandia, NY, 11749

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Work Experience

  • Senior Counsel
  • New York State United Teachers, Office of General Counsel
  • 2013 - 2021
  • Principal
  • Del Piano Legal, P.C.
  • 2013 - 2021
  • Associate
  • Caplan & Caplan, P.C.
  • 2012 - 2013


  • Albany Law School
  • N/A


  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Labor and Employment Relations Association
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • New York City Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English


  • Bloomberg Labor Union Law and Regulations
  • Labor Union Law and Regulations
  • 2022
  • Lefkowitz on Public Sector Labor and Employment Law, 4th Edition
  • Lefkowitz on Public Sector Labor and Employment Law, 4th Edition
  • 2021

Speaking Engagements

  • American Arbitration Association
  • Solving the Problem of Just Cause
  • 2022
  • American Arbitration Association
  • Solving the Problem of Just Cause
  • 2021
  • Employment Law Institute - New York City Bar Association
  • COVID-19 in the Workplace
  • 2021
  • New York State Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section
  • The Impact of COVID-19 on the Workplace
  • 2021
  • American Federation of Teachers Lawyers Conference
  • Post-Janus Litigation
  • 2019
  • New York City Bar Association, Civil Rights Committee
  • Janus and Potential Changes to Public Sector Labor Law
  • 2018
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Islandia Litigation Lawyer Michael James Del Piano
Michael James Del Piano
Litigation Attorney
Islandia, NY
Licensed for 11 years