Michael Volpe, Labor and Employment Practice Group chair, represents domestic and international corporations with U.S. operations in all facets of labor law. Michael represents clients in union organizing efforts, administration and negotiation of collective bargaining agreements, and every type of litigation originating from the employment relationship. He has vast trial experience before state and federal courts and administrative agencies. Michael also advises clients on the often thorny employment issues that arise in the daily course of business. His clients include employers in the healthcare, real estate, private equity, retail, manufacturing, mining, theater and entertainment, nonprofit, education, restaurant, and hospitality industries.
Michael represents public and private employers in labor matters ranging from union organizing issues and related proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and/or the New York State Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) to collective bargaining and complex, "first contract" labor negotiations. He routinely serves as first chair in collective bargaining and related labor arbitration and mediation proceedings. In addition, he regularly handles labor relations issues unique to mergers and acquisitions and in bankruptcy situations. He often provides training to employers on union organization.
Michael has extensive jury trial experience, defending against all types of employment-related claims under federal, state, and local laws. His practice includes the defense of wage-hour class action matters under federal and state laws. Michael also has represented clients defending against claims of breach of contract, unfair business practices, unpaid sales commissions, violations of restrictive covenants, and various business tort claims. He has bench and jury trial experience in the commercial area and has handled a number of cases resulting in defense verdicts, including in complex real estate and construction-related litigation.