USA: New York
Holland & Knight
31 West 52nd Street
New York, NY 10019
Michael Starr is a New York labor attorney who represents management in complex litigation related primarily to labor relations and employment. This includes federal labor law, non-competition, employee disloyalty and trade-secret misappropriation, employment discrimination, wage-hour law, as well as senior executive employment. Mr. Starr often handles cutting-edge matters of substantial client significance.
Mr. Starr appears regularly before federal and state courts for both trials and appeals, and he represents management before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and in other agency proceedings, as well as in arbitration, mediation and collective bargaining. Mr. Starr also advises clients on preventive labor and employee relations practices.
A fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, he is frequently published on employment issues. He was for 20 years a regular employment law columnist for The National Law Journal and was an editor of the Yale Law Journal.
Before entering private practice, Mr. Starr served as a law clerk to the Honorable Abner J. Mikva, circuit judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C.
His extensive additional activities include being a member of the Pro Bono Panel for civil appeals of the U.S. Court for the Second Circuit, a court-appointed mediator for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York (EDNY) and a member of EDNY’s Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Advisory Council. He was also a founding board member and member of the Board of Directors of the Court Appointment Special Advocates (CASA), a board member of the Lawyers Alliance for New York, a member of the Board of Arbitrators with the National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD) and of the Human Resources Committee for the New York City Partnership and Chamber of Commerce.
- The Best Lawyers in America guide, Labor Law – Management, Litigation – Labor and Employment, 2008-2018; Employment Law – Management, 2016-2018
- Global Awards – Labor-Management Relations, Corporate LiveWire, 2016
- Chambers USA – America’s Leading Business Lawyers guide, Labor and Employment, 2005-2017
- Guide to the World’s Leading Labour and Employment Lawyers, Legal Media Group’s Expert Guides, 2013-2015
- Who’s Who in American Law, 2005-2013
- New York Super Lawyers magazine, 2006-2017
- Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Advisory Council
- College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, Fellow
- American Bar Foundation, Fellow
- American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section
- Association of the Bar of the City of New York
- Federal Bar Council
- International Society for Labor Law
Holland & Knight’s Labor, Employment and Benefits Group takes a highly proactive approach in helping companies like yours head off problems and resolve disputes – but we are also prepared to litigate aggressively on your behalf if necessary. We represent management in all labor relations matters and fully understand current employment issues as well as the domestic and international laws and regulations that affect them. As a result, we are prepared to guide you in a wide range of areas, including employee benefit plan design, implementation and compliance, as we do for clients in virtually every major industry sector in the United States and abroad.
To ensure the most thorough and up-to-date handling of tax, finance and other aspects of your transactions, Holland & Knight – one of the largest and most comprehensive law firms in the labor and employment field in the United States – regularly enlists the talents of our highly skilled attorneys in these related practice areas. And as part of our international practice, we regularly counsel clients in employment matters abroad, as well as advise global corporations and businesses based outside the United States on all aspects of U.S. labor and employment laws and regulations.
A Proactive Approach to Avoiding Liability
Working proactively to help your company avoid potential liability for employment-related claims and lawsuits is a key part of our labor and employment practice. We counsel our clients on a daily basis on how to implement and enforce effective and protective policies and procedures. Our liability-avoidance services include a wide variety of training and compliance programs designed to help you identify and deal with potential violations of state and federal employment laws. Additionally, the training we provide your managers includes advice on handling performance evaluations, employee terminations and other challenging management issues.
The Holland & Knight Labor, Employment and Benefits Group can also provide your organization with corporate diversity and equal employment opportunity counseling, advice on union-management relations and assistance in developing a record-keeping system for employment matters – preferably, before issues arise. And because bad press can be potentially even more devastating to your bottom line than the measurable costs of protracted litigations, we employ every reasonable alternative dispute resolution method to help you avoid litigation. You can also count on us to represent your company in international arbitration of employment matters.
Vigorous Trial Advocacy When You Need It
In those instances when a dispute stemming from the employer-employee relationship cannot be quickly resolved, our skilled litigators and trial lawyers are fully prepared to represent you in federal or state court and before administrative agencies and arbitrators. Our employment litigation attorneys are part of Holland & Knight’s Litigation Team, one of the largest and most experienced groups of litigators in the United States.
“Michael Starr of Holland & Knight LLP is noted for his handling of complex labor relations matters and employment disputes on behalf of major hotel businesses. Interviewees consider him to be “an excellent lawyer.”