Mike has significant experience representing employers in labor and employment law and regularly represents employers in all aspects of traditional labor law. He assists employers facing union organizing attempts and represents employers before the National Labor Relations Board and federal courts in labor matters, negotiates collective bargaining agreements for employers and provides guidance on labor negotiations strategy, and represents and defends employers in labor arbitrations.
In the employment area, Mike’s experience ranges from advising clients how to minimize their legal exposure to avoid formal charges and lawsuits, including providing training to supervisors and managers, to defending clients who are facing charges from state and federal agencies or who have been sued in state and federal courts. Mike has successfully litigated and defended claims involving many forms of discrimination (including race, age, sex, national origin, disability and sexual harassment), retaliation, Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), whistleblower, employment contract, Fair Labor Standard Act (FLSA) and non-compete issues.
He is admitted to practice in state and federal courts in Minnesota, South Carolina, and North Carolina, and before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th and 8th Circuits. Mike is a member of the Hennepin County, Ramsey County, Minnesota, North Carolina, South Carolina and American Bar associations. He is a member of the Labor and Employment Section in his state bar association memberships, as well as the American Bar Association. Mike is also certified as a Labor and Employment Law Specialist by the Minnesota State Bar Association.
He is a frequent speaker on labor and employment law matters, and has been a guest lecturer in both the undergraduate and graduate business schools at the University of St. Thomas. He also is a regular contributing editor to the authoritative labor law treatise, The Developing Labor Law, published by the American Bar Association. Mike has been recognized multiple times as one of the United States’ top 100 labor attorneys by the Labor Relations Institute. He also has been named a "Minnesota Rising Star" on multiple occasions by Minnesota Super Lawyers. He regularly provides pro bono services to Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services.
Mike received his B.S.B.A. summa cum laude from the University of Denver in 1991. He received his J.D. cum laude from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1994. Mike joined Briggs in 1997.