Michael Schmidt

Partner; Vice Chair of Labor and Employment Department; Attorney; Creator of "Employment Law Now" Podcast, Cozen O'Connor

Michael C. Schmidt is the vice chair of the firm’s Labor & Employment Department, and the office managing partner, vice chair, of the New York Midtown office, where he is resident.

For more than two decades, Mike has concentrated his practice on representing companies and management in all facets of employment law, such as: (i) defense in litigation involving wage and hour (overtime and unpaid compensation), discrimination, harassment, retaliation and whistle-blowing, noncompetes and trade secrets, and disability and other leave-related issues, including claims covered under EPLI (employment practices liability insurance) policies; (ii) day-to-day counseling and in-house training on issues from hiring to firing, and other questions unique to his client’s industries and business; and (iii) drafting and reviewing employment agreements, termination and severance agreements, confidentiality and non-competes, and employment policies and manuals. A substantial portion of Mike’s practice is devoted to maintaining collaborative relationships with his clients, and developing appropriate strategies to avoid litigation and minimize potential exposure in the area of employee relations. He has tried cases and argued appeals in federal and state courts, and has represented companies (non-union and union) in arbitration, and before federal and state administrative agencies such as the EEOC, the New York State Division of Human Rights, the New York City Commission on Human Rights, the Department of Labor (state and federal), OSHA, and the National Labor Relations Board.

Mike is an adjunct professor of law at Touro Law School (Central Islip, N.Y.), where he teaches a course on Employment Law, and is called upon regularly as a course planner and speaker for conferences, seminars and continuing legal education programs addressing employment law issues and developments. Mike has been frequently quoted on employment law topics, and is regularly interviewed by trade publications and national journals (online and “traditional”) for his opinions on legal trends. He is proud to be the publisher and editor of a blog devoted to the interplay between social media and employment law, an extremely topical and significant area of law for employers in this new technology era (Social Media Employment Law Blog). Mike also records and produces a podcast called Employment Law Now, which brings listeners the latest trends, news, and updates in employment law topics. Mike is also an Advisory Board member for Bloomberg BNA’s Social Media & Policy Report.

Beyond his regular client practice, Mike serves as the chairman of the board of directors of AfterSchool All-Stars of New York, a New York chapter of a national charitable organization founded by Arnold Schwarzenegger in the mid-1990’s to provide after-school and summer programs for inner-city youth. He also spends significant time providing pro bono counsel to various organizations and individuals who are less able to afford representation in times of need.

Mike earned his undergraduate degree, with honors, from Brandeis University in 1990. He earned his law degree, with distinction, from Hofstra University School of Law in 1993, where he was a notes and comments editor of the Hofstra Law Review.

Twitter – @MSchmidtEmpLaw

Employment Law Now Podcast – www.employmentlawnow.com

Past Appearances

In the Workplace: March 29, 2018

Hosts Peter Cappelli and Dan O’Meara are joined by Michael Schmidt (Partner; Vice Chair of Labor and Employment Department; Attorney; Creator of “Employment Law Now” Podcast, Cozen O’Connor), Mike Eichenwald (Leader, LRN’s Goverance, Culture, and Leadership Advisory Services), and Jeffrey Pfeffer (Professor of Organization Behavior; Author of “The Way We Work is Killing Us:, Stanford University) on the Thursday, March 29, 2018 edition of In the Workplace.Read More

Air Date: Thursday, March 29, 2018

Knowledge @Wharton: January 30, 2018

Host Dan Loney is joined by Niall Ferguson (Author; Historian), Ioana Marinescu (Assistant Professor of Economics; Faculty Research Fellow, School of Social Policy and Practice at the University of Pennsylvania; National Bureau of Economic Research), Sara Kristoffersson (Professor of Design History, Konstfack University of Arts, Crafts and Design), David Berman (Doctoral Candidate, The Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania), Michael Schmidt (Partner; Vice Chair of Labor and Employment Department; Attorney; Creator of “Employment Law Now” Podcast, Cozen O’Connor), Jennifer Golbeck (Director of the Human-Computer Interaction Lab and Associate Professor of Information Studies, University of Maryland), and Denise Dahlhoff (Research Director, Baker Retailing Center at the Wharton School) on the Tuesday, January 30, 2018 edition of Knowledge@Wharton.Read More

Air Date: Tuesday, January 30, 2018

In the Workplace: November 16, 2017

Hosts Peter Cappelli and Dan O’Meara are joined by Michael Schmidt (Partner; Vice Chair of Labor and Employment Department; Attorney; Creator of “Employment Law Now” Podcast, Cozen O’Connor), Michelle Kan (Associate Director of the Knowledge Organization, The Conference Board), Rahim Fazal (Co-Founder, CEO, SVAcademy), and Rebecca Ray PhD (Executive Vice President of the Knowledge Organization, The Conference Board) on the Thursday, November 16, 2017 edition of In the Workplace.Read More

Air Date: Thursday, November 16, 2017

In the Workplace: September 7, 2017

Hosts Peter Cappelli and Dan O’Meara are joined by Michael Schmidt (Partner; Vice Chair of Labor and Employment Department; Attorney; Creator of “Employment Law Now” Podcast, Cozen O’Connor), Michelle Kan (Associate Director of the Knowledge Organization, The Conference Board), Rahim Fazal (Co-Founder, CEO, SVAcademy), and Rebecca Ray PhD (Executive Vice President of the Knowledge Organization, The Conference Board) on the Thursday, September 7, 2017 edition of In the Workplace.Read More

Air Date: Thursday, September 7, 2017

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