Attorneys

Practice Area(s)

  • Employment Law
  • Municipal Law
  • Education Law

Education

  • University of North Carolina School of Law, JD
  • George Washington University, B.A., cum laude

Admissions & Certifications

  • North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

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.

  • Young Lawyers Division Newsletter & Communications Committee, North Carolina Bar Association
  • NC Super Lawyers Rising Star in the field of Employment & Labor (2020)
  • NC Super Lawyers Rising Star in the field of Civil Litigation, Defense (2019)
  • NC Super Lawyers Rising Star in the field of Employment & Labor (2018)
  • Eugene Gressman and Daniel H. Pollitt Oral Advocacy Award
  • Seymour W. Wurfel Award

Department of Labor Seeks to Clarify Compatibility of Bonuses with Fluctuating Workweek Method, North Carolina Bar Association (November 26, 2019)

Employment Law and Best Practices for Human Resources Professionals – The Intersection Between the FMLA, ADA, and GINA, North Carolina League of Municipalities (June 18, 2019; July 11, 2019; July 31, 2019)

Department of Labor Proposes New Overtime Salary Threshold, North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys (May 28, 2019)

An Employer’s Responsibilities During a Natural Disaster, JD Supra (September 28, 2018)

Law 101: Overview of the Rule 30(b)(6) Deposition, North Carolina Bar Association (April 30, 2018)

North Carolina Wage and Hour Act Amended to Exempt Seasonal Amusement or Recreational Establishment Employees from Overtime Provision, North Carolina Bar Association (August 11, 2017)

Litigating Wage & Hour Cases – Service Industry or “Tipped” Employees, National Employment Lawyers Association (March 31, 2017)

Fifth Circuit: Employers Liable for Emotional Distress Damages in FLSA Retaliation Claims, North Carolina Bar Association (March 2, 2017)

Avoiding Double Taxation and Expatriation: A Comprehensive Solution to FATCA and Corporate Inversion, North Carolina Journal of International Law, Vol. XLI (2016)