Michael Volpe serves as the firm’s Labor and Employment Practice Group co-chair, overseeing a full-service management labor and employment practice. He represents domestic and international corporations with U.S. operations in all facets of labor law, with broad experience representing corporate interests in union organizing efforts and campaigns, and the administration and negotiation of both initial and successor collective bargaining agreements. He also provides advice and counsel regarding grievances and arbitrations ranging from discharge arbitrations to multi-million-dollar contract interpretation disputes. Michael often serves as chief spokesperson at the bargaining table for clients.
Michael has vast experience before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the New York State Public Employment Relations Board (PERB), and other agencies. In addition, he regularly handles labor relations issues unique to mergers and acquisitions and in bankruptcy situations.
Michael has an active advice and counsel practice across all issues in the ever- changing business landscape employers face. He has vast trial experience before state and federal courts and administrative agencies and has taken many cases to verdict. His clients include employers in the healthcare, real estate, private equity, retail, manufacturing, mining, theater and entertainment, nonprofit, education, restaurant, and hospitality industries.
Michael’s extensive jury trial experience includes defending against all types of employment-related claims under federal, state, and local laws, and 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.