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Labor & Employment

The American Lawyer Magazine's Litigation Department of the Year – Labor and Employment Law Finalist 2004, Winner 2006, Finalist 2008, Finalist 2010, and Finalist 2012

Listed in the highest tier for National Labor and Employment Practice in Chambers USA 2014

Ranked in the top tier by The Legal 500 for Labor and Employment Litigation, ERISA Litigation, Labor-Management Relations, and Workplace and Employment Counseling (2014)

Named Employment Practice Group of the Year by Law360 (2014)

Named a top 5 firm for employment in BTI's Litigation Outlook 2014 report

Ranked, National Tier 1: Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management, and Litigation – Labor & Employment by U.S. News and Best Lawyers (2011-2012) 

Ranked #1 for "Most Prestigious" Labor and Employment Practice, Vault 2012 Associate Survey

Labor-Management Relations & Labor Disputes

Ranked, National Tier 1: Labor Law - Management, U.S. News and Best Lawyers (2010)

bar admissions

  • Pennsylvania
  • New Jersey

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin
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Michael E. Lignowski
Senior Attorney

1701 Market St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103-2921
United States
Phone: +1.215.963.5455
Fax: +1.215.963.5001

Michael E. Lignowski is a senior attorney in Morgan Lewis’s Labor and Employment Practice. Mr. Lignowski represents corporate clients in all aspects of labor and employment law, including employment discrimination and wrongful discharge litigation, National Labor Relations Act litigation, and wage and hour compliance. He also provides counseling on general personnel issues.

Mr. Lignowski has worked extensively with clients in the energy industry, including the representation of a national nuclear power generation company in executive compensation and employment counseling and compliance matters and the representation of an international petroleum company in traditional labor matters.

Mr. Lignowski devotes a substantial part of his practice to the representation of employers in traditional labor law matters, including union organizing campaigns, unfair labor practice litigation before the National Labor Relations Board, labor arbitrations, and contract negotiations. Mr. Lignowski also counsels employers on the development and implementation of positive employee relations policies and practices.

Mr. Lignowski is a frequent speaker on labor and employment topics, including union avoidance, sexual harassment, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Mr. Lignowski earned his J.D. from Villanova University School of Law in 1995, where he was a member of the Moot Court Board. He earned his B.A. in government from the University of Virginia in 1992. Mr. Lignowski has a Certificate in Professional Human Resource Management from Villanova University and his certification as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR).

Mr. Lignowski is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and New Jersey and before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, the District of New Jersey, and the Western District of Wisconsin.


  • Villanova University School of Law, 1995, J.D.
  • University of Virginia, 1992, B.A.