Michael Starr, a New York labor attorney, represents companies nationwide in complex litigation related primarily to labor relations and employment, often handling cutting-edge legal issues of substantial client significance. His practice encompasses federal labor law, non-competition and employee disloyalty, trade-secret misappropriation, employment discrimination and wage-hour law, as well as senior executive employment and ERISA.

Mr. Starr appears regularly before federal and state courts for both trials and appeals, and he represents management before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and in other agency proceedings. Mr. Starr also advises clients on preventive labor and employee relations practices.

A fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, he is frequently published and speaks professionally on the full range of employment and labor law issues. He was for 20 years a regular employment law columnist for The National Law Journal and was an editor of the Yale Law Journal.

Before entering private practice, Mr. Starr served as a law clerk to the Honorable Abner J. Mikva, circuit judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C.

His extensive community and professional activities include being a member of the Pro Bono Panel for civil appeals of the U.S. Court for the Second Circuit, a court-appointed mediator for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York and a member of the Eastern District's Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Advisory Council. He was also a founding board member of the Court Appointment Special Advocates (CASA), a board member of the Lawyers Alliance for New York, and a member of the Human Resources Committee for the New York City Partnership and Chamber of Commerce.


  • Unfair Competition: obtained a judgment against a company that wrongfully recruited the senior employees of our client, an international management consulting firm, to launch a "copy-cat" version of that firm's distinctive corporate finance consulting practice
  • Trade Secrets: obtained preliminary injunction for a global lottery and regulated-gaming company against a former senior executive on the grounds that he would “inevitably disclose” trade secrets if permitted to work for client’s chief rival; the restriction extended for one-year longer than the former executive’s contractual non-compete period
  • Labor Arbitration: defended a hotel owner in a labor arbitration seeking millions of dollars in damages to a union due to the sale of the property without securing the buyer's assumption of the labor agreement
  • Defecting Employees: obtained on behalf of a global investment bank a temporary restraining order (TRO) against a competing global bank and 11 of its former employees who had defected en masse to the competitor and removed confidential proprietary document
  • Labor Injunction: obtained a court-ordered injunction against the New York Newspaper Pressmen's Union to halt surreptitious workplace disruptions that interfered with the timely printing and distribution of the New York Post
  • Employment Discrimination: obtained a defense verdict for global hospitality company after three-week jury trial; dismissed claims were for ethnicity and disability discrimination and retaliation
  • Employment Counseling: providing ongoing advice and litigation representation in both employment and labor-relations matters for Fox Television Stations, the New York Post and other companies affiliated with News Corporation
  • Executive Employment Disputes: representing a global hotel-and-resort company in arbitrations involving employment disputes with its most senior corporate executives


  • Yale Law School, J.D.
  • University of Michigan, Ph.D., Philosophy
  • Binghamton University, B.A., summa cum laude
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • New York
Court Admissions
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Advisory Council
  • College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, Fellow
  • American Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Association of the Bar of the City of New York
  • Federal Bar Council
  • International Society for Labor Law
Honors & Awards
  • The Best Lawyers in America guide, Labor Law - Management, Litigation - Labor and Employment, 2008-2019; Employment Law - Management, 2016-2019
  • Global Awards - Labor-Management Relations, Corporate LiveWire, 2016
  • Chambers USA - America's Leading Business Lawyers guide, Labor and Employment, 2005-2019
  • Guide to the World's Leading Labour and Employment Lawyers, Legal Media Group's Expert Guides, 2013-2015
  • Marquis Who's Who in American Law, 2005-2013, 2018, Worldwide Lifetime Achievement, 2017
  • New York Super Lawyers magazine, 2006-2018
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated


Speaking Engagements