Areas of Practice:
Mike represents management in all areas of employment law and related litigation. He advises clients on current topics, new wage and hours provisions, and the impact of social media on human resources. In addition to having over 20 years’ experience litigating general business disputes, he defends employment discrimination and related claims in Rhode Island and Massachusetts state and federal courts, and before state and federal administrative agencies such as the RICHR, MCAD and EEOC. Mike has extensive experience in the negotiation, drafting and implementation of employment contracts, policies, handbooks and separation agreements, and has defended and prosecuted numerous lawsuits concerning non-competition agreements and trade secrets.
- Named Best Lawyers’ 2015 Providence Employment Law - Management Lawyer of the Year
- Selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America
- Recognized as a leading management-side employment attorney in Chambers USA America’s Leading Lawyers for Business
- AV® Preeminent Rated from Martindale-Hubbell, highest possible rating on both legal ability and ethics based upon the confidential opinion of peers and judges
- Selected by his peers for inclusion in Rhode Island Super Lawyers
Won a precedent setting R.I. Supreme Court case for national jewelry and fine goods corporation establishing that employee manuals including discretionary amendment provisions do not create contractual rights.
Obtained federal court summary judgment for worldwide crystal manufacturer against retailer on antitrust, breach of contract and fraud claims.
Won federal court trial for state’s dominant workers’ compensation insurance carrier against national competitor on claims of trademark infringement, establishing new precedent on issue of harm in intellectual property infringement actions.
Won Rhode Island Supreme Court decision dismissing disability discrimination claims against national retail chain by former employee.
“Bi-Weekly Pay in RI - Finally!!”, Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP Take Note eAlert, January 2014
“Bi-Weekly Pay Update - One Step Closer!! ”, Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP Take Note eAlert, December 2013
“Bi-Weekly Pay – The Devil is in the Details”, Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP Take Note eAlert, December 2013
“Rhode Island Labor Law Changes Passed by Legislation”, Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP Take Note eAlert, July 2013
"New Background Check Forms Required under the FCRA ", Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP Take Note eAlert, February 2013
"Employer Beware - Automatic Termination Policies are Illegal. Just ask Sears.", Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP Take Note eAlert, February 2013
"Misclassification of Independent Contractors – Increased Risks and Damages under New Law", Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP Take Note eAlert, November 2012
"Massachusetts Transgender Equal Rights Bill", Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP Take Note eAlert, April 2012
“Amendment to MA Personnel Files Statute Affects How Employers Deal With Personnel Records” Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP Take Note eAlert, September 2010
"New Massachusetts Law Prohibits Employers from Asking about Criminal Convictions on Job Applications", Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP Take Note eAlert, August 2010
"The Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment Act of 2010 (HIRE Act)", Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP Take Note eAlert, April 2010
"Is your “Written Information Security Program” Ready for the March 1, 2010 Deadline?", Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP Take Note eAlert, February 2010
"Stimulus Law Expands COBRA Coverage"
Providence Business News, March 14, 2009
“Update Employee Handbook Now, Save Later “
Providence Business News, March 14, 2009
"New Employee Handbook Requirements Relating to the FMLA", Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP Take Note e-Alert, January 2009
REPRESENTATIVE SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS
“The Intersection of Social Media and Human Resource Law”
Independent Insurance Agents of Rhode Island, May 2011
NBC NewsChannel 10 WJAR "Sunrise News" with Frank Coletta:
Appearance on topics of "Social Security "No Match" Letters", "Supreme Court Age Discrimination Ruling" and "Overtime Regulations".