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Mike is a longstanding Board Member of the Family Hope Center in Norristown, Pennsylvania.  The Center treats brain-injured children from across the globe.  He is very active in the Lower Merion School District, serving on the Board of the Committee for Special Education, and as a member on the District's ad hoc committee on elementary school curriculum.

Mike lives in Narberth, Pennsylvania with his wife, a teacher, and two children.  A composer and playwright in his free time, he is the co- author, lyricist and composer of A House Divided, which is scheduled to be produced by the Bluegrass Opera Company in Lexington, Kentucky in 2018.


Practice areas


  1. Employment: 40%
    30 years
  2. Employee Benefits: 25%
    27 years
  3. Consumer Protection: 25%
    20 years
  4. Litigation: 10%
    30 years



Hourly ($485/hour), contingent (36-40%)

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Salmanson Goldshaw, P.C.

1500 JFK Boulevard Suite 1230
Philadelphia, PA, 19102


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerLaw & Politics Media2016
Super LawyerLaw & Politics Media2015
Best Lawyers, Employment LawBest Lawyers in America2015
PA Litigation Firms of the Year - Winner, Employment LitigationLegal Intelligencer2014
Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2014
Best Lawyers, Employment LawBest Lawyers in America2014
Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2013
Best Lawyers, employment lawBest Lawyers in America2013
PA Litigation firms of the Year- Runner up in Empl. LitigationLegal Intelligencer2012
Best Lawyers, employment lawBest Lawyers in America2012
Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2012
Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2011
Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2010
Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2009
Small firm pro bono awardEquality Advocates2009
Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2008
Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2007
Ann Watson Barber Service AwardUniversity of Chicago Law School1986
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneySalmanson Goldshaw, PC1997 - Present
Adjunct ProfessorUniversity of Pennsylvania Law School1990 - Present
AttorneyMager Liebenberg & White1992 - 1997
AttorneyDechert Price & Rhoads1986 - 1992
Association namePosition nameDuration
Philadelphia Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
U.S. ex rel Feldman v. Cornell University and van Gorpjury verdict and attorneys fee award of approximately $1.6 million; verdict upheld by 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals September 5, 2012
Lawson v. Fortis3rd Circuit Ct. of Appeals upheld judgment for plaintiffs
U.S. ex rel. Bultena v. Highmark$38.5 million settlement
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Publication nameTitleDate
The Philadelphia Lawyer"The Night I Saw Rosa Parks"N/A
The Philadelphia Lawyer"Philadelphia Lawyers Pitch Late-Inning Save"N/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Chicago Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1986
Princeton UniversityN/AA.B.1982
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Television AppearanceEmployment in the Gig Economy2016
21st Annual Employment Law InstituteDisabilites of Current Employees: Long term and short term disability, FLMA and ADA2015
WebinarAppropriate Equitable Relief-Post McCutchen2013
Employment Law Institute2013 ERISA Update2013
26th Annual ERISA Litigation ConferenceBenefits Litigation Update2013
ERISA LitigationBenefits and Retiree Health Litigation2012
Employment Law InstituteLitigating ERISA Claims2011
24th Annual ERISA Litigation ConferenceBenefits Claim Litigation2011
23rd ERISA Litigation ConferenceBenefits Claim Litigation2010