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    Our employment lawyers in New Jersey are trained to help you in all areas in which employers and employees are at odds.

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    Michael F. O’Connor

    Partner

    Michael F. O’Connor has represented victims of unlawful employment practices in New Jersey and New York for over 20 years. His clients have included top executives, Wall Street professionals, healthcare professionals, sales representatives and law enforcement personnel.

    Mr. O’Connor regularly represents individuals with claims of unlawful discrimination, retaliation for whistle-blowing, harassment, shareholder oppression and breach of contract in state and federal courts. He has participated in numerous multi-million- dollar verdicts and settlements as well as a number of precedent-setting decisions, including:

    • Aicher v. IBEW Local Union No. 269 Joint Funds Office, et als., 2017 WL 234191 (D.N.J. May 31, 2017) (summary judgment granted to plaintiff on claim for pension benefits)
    • Lippman v. Ethicon, Inc. and Johnson & Johnson, Inc., 432 N.J. Super. 378 (App. Div. 2013) (New Jersey Conscientious Employee Protection Act protects Chief Medical Officer who objected to continued marketing of products he believed were unreasonably unsafe in the course of performing his job), certif. granted, 217 N.J. 292 (2014)
    • Nair v. Pfizer, Inc., 2009 WL 1635380 (D.N.J. June 10, 2009) (ERISA-governed separation benefit plan may not defend failure to pay separation benefits after change in control based on post hoc justification for denial of benefits)
    • Carton v. Choice Point and Choice Point Services, Inc., 482 F.Supp.2d 533 (D.N.J. 2007) (in class action, New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act protects consumers from fraudulent heir hunter scheme)
    • Hebela v. Healthcare Ins. Co., 370 N.J. Super. 260 (App. Div. 2004) (D&O carrier obligated to defend Chief Financial Officer against counterclaim filed by employer in wrongful termination action)
    • Ackerman v. The Money Store, Inc., 321 N.J. Super. 308 (Law Div. 1998) (employer violated New Jersey Law Against Discrimination by requiring employee to sign arbitration agreement as condition of continued employment).

    In addition to his litigation practice, Mr. O’Connor frequently negotiates employment contracts and independent contractor agreements and counsels employees, small businesses, and non-profit organizations on a wide variety of employment law issues, including issues arising from non-competition, confidentiality and non-solicitation agreements.

    Mr. O’Connor has been selected as one of the Best Lawyers in America for labor and employment law since 2006 and named as one of the Top Employment Lawyers in the New York Area. He has served on the New Jersey Supreme Court Model Civil Jury Charge Committee since 2013.

    Mr. O’Connor is a frequent lecturer on employment law for the New Jersey Institute of Continuing Legal Education. He currently serves on the Executive Committee of the NJSBA Labor & Employment Section and as Co-Chair of the Workplace Harassment Committee.

    He is a graduate of the College of Holy Cross and Fordham Law School.