Michael J. Ossip exclusively represents management in all facets of employee relations, including litigating employment discrimination and wrongful discharge claims in US federal and state courts. He has tried numerous jury and nonjury cases to verdict. Michael represents employers before federal, state, and local administrative agencies and advises on labor, employment, and trade secret matters. He previously served as Morgan Lewis’s general counsel and the firm’s in-house employment counsel.
Michael often appears before agencies such as the US Department of Labor (DOL), the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, the US National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), and in arbitration.
In preventative practice, Michael counsels employers on wage and hour compliance, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) issues, reductions in workforce, disciplinary matters, human resources policies and procedures development and administration, and sexual harassment prevention and investigations. He advises clients on restrictive covenant enforcement and development and other agreements that protect employers’ confidential information and trade secrets.
A frequent lecturer and conference speaker, Michael conducts programs on sexual harassment, implementing reductions in force, the US Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), ADA, and FMLA. Conferences sponsored by the American Bar Association and the Pennsylvania Bar Institute (PBI) regularly feature Michael as a speaker. In addition, Michael has served as course planner for PBI’s annual Employment Law Institute since its 1995 inception and has been the program’s plenary speaker for many years.
As a Cornell University School of EEO Studies faculty member, Michael taught a course on defending charges of discrimination before the EEOC and other administrative agencies. His many articles cover the interaction among the ADA, FMLA, and workers’ compensation statutes, as well as sexual harassment, the FLSA, and other employment law topics.
In addition to writing about employment law, Michael coedited with Robert M. Hale The Family and Medical Leave Act, a comprehensive treatise on the FMLA, published in 2006 by BNA Books. He also has served as senior editor of the annual supplements to this treatise. Michael also was a chapter editor for the American Bar Association’s treatise on the FLSA, also published by BNA Books, and was the management co-chair of the ABA’s Committee on Federal Labor Standards Legislation.
Cornell University, 1976, B.S., With Honors
University of Pennsylvania Law School, 1979, J.D., Magna Cum Laude, Order of the Coif
U.S. Supreme Court
Clerkship to the US District Court for the District of Delaware (1979-80)
Awards and Affiliations
Member, Practice Group of the Year, Labor & Employment, Law360 (2017)
Ranked, Labor & Employment, Pennsylvania, Chambers USA (2004–2018)
Recognized, Employment Law – Management, Philadelphia; Labor Law – Management, Philadelphia; Litigation – Labor and Employment, Philadelphia, The Best Lawyers in America (2006– 2019)
Lawyer of the Year, Labor Law – Management, The Best Lawyers in America (2015, 2018)
Recognized, Pennsylvania Super Lawyers (2004–2016)
Recommended, Labor and Employment—Workplace and Employment Counseling, The Legal 500 US (2009)
Fellow, College of Labor and Employment Lawyers (inducted August 2002)
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)