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 2013
Named a top 5 firm for employment in BTI's Litigation Outlook 2014 report
Ranked in the top tier by The Legal 500 for Labor and Employment Litigation, ERISA Litigation, Labor-Management Relations, and Workplace and Employment Counseling (2012)
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
honors + affiliations
Fellow, College of Labor and Employment Lawyers (inducted August 2002)
Listed, Pennsylvania Super Lawyers (2004–2009)
Listed, Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2004–2013)
Listed, The Best Lawyers in America (2006–2011)
Noted in The Legal 500 for Labor and Employment—Workplace and Employment Counseling (2009)
Management Co-Chair, American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section, Committee on Federal Labor Standards Legislation (2000–2003)
Former Chair, American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section, Committee on Federal Labor Standards Legislation, Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and the WARN Act Subcommittees
Editor, University of Pennsylvania Law Review (1978–1979)
- U.S. Supreme Court
Michael J. Ossip is the general counsel of Morgan Lewis and a partner in its Labor and Employment Practice. His practice is devoted exclusively to the representation of management in all facets of employee relations, including the litigation of claims of employment discrimination and wrongful discharge in federal and state courts. Mr. Ossip has tried to verdict numerous jury and nonjury cases.
In addition to his litigation experience, Mr. Ossip represents employers before federal, state, and local administrative agencies, including the Department of Labor, the EEOC, the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, the National Labor Relations Board, and in arbitration proceedings. He regularly provides advice to employers regarding wage and hour compliance, FMLA and ADA issues, reductions in force, disciplinary matters, the development and administration of human resources policies and procedures, and sexual harassment prevention and investigations. Mr. Ossip also advises employers with regard to the development and enforcement of restrictive covenants and other agreements designed to protect the employer's confidential information and trade secrets.
From 2004 through 2013, Mr. Ossip was named one of the leading U.S. lawyers for employment law by Chambers USA, based on the views of clients, peers, and other industry professionals. Chambers has called Mr. Ossip a "talented employment litigator" and a "leading authority on the FMLA." One client remarked to Chambers, "I have absolute confidence in him in a courtroom."
An active lecturer, Mr. Ossip regularly conducts programs for clients on employment law issues, including sexual harassment, implementing reductions in force, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Family and Medical Leave Act. He is a regular speaker at conferences sponsored by the American Bar Association and the Pennsylvania Bar Institute (the continuing legal education arm of the Pennsylvania Bar Association). Mr. Ossip has been a course planner of the PBI's annual Employment Law Institute since its inception in 1995.
Mr. Ossip has served as a faculty member of Cornell University's School of EEO Studies, where he taught a course on defending charges of discrimination before the EEOC and other administrative agencies. He has written extensively on the interaction among the ADA, FMLA, and workers' compensation statutes, sexual harassment, the FLSA, and other employment law topics.
Mr. Ossip is the co-editor-in chief of Ossip and Hale, The Family and Medical Leave Act, published in 2006 by BNA Books, the most comprehensive treatise on the FMLA ever published, and a senior editor of the treatise's annual supplements. He was also the chapter editor (Chapter 18: Litigation Issues) for the ABA's treatise on the Fair Labor Standards Act, published in 1999 by BNA Books.
From 1979-80, he served as a law clerk for Judge Murray M. Schwartz of the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware. Mr. Ossip is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and before the U.S. Supreme Court. He is not admitted in Delaware.
- University of Pennsylvania Law School, 1979, J.D., Magna Cum Laude, Order of the Coif
- Cornell University, 1976, B.S., With Honors