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 also currently serves as a member of the Young Lawyers Division Newsletter & Communications Committee for the North Carolina Bar Association.
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 cases in federal and state courts nationwide. During law school, Michael’s experience included working for a nationally-renowned civil litigation firm, serving in a summer clerkship with the North Carolina Business Court, competing on the Holderness Moot Court National Appellate Advocacy Team, and editing for the North Carolina Journal of International Law. Michael’s achievements during law school include his receipt of the Eugene Gressman and Daniel H. Pollitt Oral Advocacy Award for his advocacy skills and the Seymour W. Wurfel Award for his managerial and editorial contributions to the North Carolina Journal of International Law.
Michael resides in Apex with his wife, Amanda, their daughter, Olivia, and their two dogs, Bandit and Lily.