Michael B. Cohen focuses his practice on employment law. Michael has extensive experience counseling and representing his clients in matters arising under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), the North Carolina Wage and Hour Act, and the Retaliatory Employment Discrimination Act (REDA), as well as through issues involving independent contractor misclassification, exempt employee misclassification, misappropriation of trade secrets, restrictive covenants, breach of contract, and wrongful termination. Michael also helps draft and revise employee handbooks, employment agreements, independent contractor agreements, severance agreements, and restrictive covenant agreements for his clients. In addition to handling employment law matters, Michael has substantial experience providing town attorney and board attorney services to municipal and educational clients across North Carolina.
Since 2018, Michael has been recognized every year as a North Carolina Rising Star by Super Lawyers, a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. No more than 2.5% of lawyers in the state are eligible to receive this recognition.
Michael previously practiced with a large regional firm, where he concentrated his practice on employment law. Michael also practiced with a boutique firm, where he litigated class and collective action and individual wage and hour and FMLA cases in federal and state courts nationwide. Michael currently serves on the Professionalism Committee and the Young Lawyers Division Communications Committee of the North Carolina Bar Association.
Michael resides in Apex with his wife, Amanda, their children, Olivia and Wyatt, and their dogs, Bandit and Lily.