Michael R. Futterman
Michael Futterman, a partner, concentrates on general business/commercial and employment litigation in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies throughout New York and New Jersey. He represents management and employers in all types of workplace disputes, including discrimination, harassment, retaliation, whistleblower, noncompete and trade-secret matters.
Michael defends employers in wage-and-hour suits before the Department of Labor on issues including overtime pay violations, misclassification of workers’ exempt or independent contractor status, “off the clock” work and tip theft. He also handles complex business litigation matters, including partnership and corporate disputes, real estate and property litigation, business fraud, unfair competition, shareholder and brokerage claims.
Michael’s practice includes drafting and negotiating business contracts; operating, joint venture and partnership agreements; handbooks; and employment/independent contractor, noncompete and separation agreements. Michael also advises management on the vast employment laws affecting businesses, including wage-and-hour compliance, noncompete and trade-secret protection, hiring and termination, policies and procedures, leaves of absence and disability accommodation.
Michael was selected in 2018 through 2021 for inclusion on the New Jersey Super Lawyers© List, in 2016 and 2017 for inclusion on the New Jersey Super Lawyers Rising Stars© List—lawyers who are 40 and under, or who have been practicing for 10 or fewer years, and have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement—and in 2021 and 2022 for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America® for Management Side Employment Law.
In addition, peers give him an AV Preeminent™ rating of 5 out of 5 for professional excellence, as published in the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, an authoritative resource about the legal profession. In 2014, Michael was named one of the New Jersey Law Journal‘s New Leaders of the Bar, a listing of the top 50 lawyers under the age of 40 to watch in coming years.
- University of Miami School of Law, J.D., 2004, cum laude
- Articles and comments editor, Inter-American Law Review
- University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
- University of North Carolina, Greensboro
- New Jersey, 2004
- New York, 2004
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, 2016
- U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 2004
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, 2004
- U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 2004
Honors and Awards
- Best Lawyers®, The Best Lawyers in America® list for Employment Law – Management, 2022
- New Jersey Super Lawyers© List, 2018-2021
- New Jersey Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2016-2017
- New Jersey Law Journal‘s New Leaders of the Bar, 2014
- New Jersey State Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section
- New York State Bar Association
- Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Labor and Employment Committee
- Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Restaurant and Hospitality Committee
Lectures and Appearances
- “Employee or Independent Contractor? What You Need To Know,” Feb. 11, 2014, New York City Chapter of the National Guild for Community Arts Education and Coalition of Community Schools of the Arts
- “New Jersey Civil Trial Preparation,” Feb. 7, 2014, Association of the Bar of the City of New York
- “New Jersey Bridge the Gap: New Jersey Civil Practice,” Feb. 8, 2013, Association of the Bar of the City of New York
- “New Jersey Civil Trial Preparation,” Oct. 11, 2011, Association of the Bar of the City of New York
- “New Jersey Bridge the Gap: New Jersey Civil Practice,” Jan. 31, 2011, Association of the Bar of the City of New York
- “Tri-State Employment Law: The Critical Distinctions You Need to Know,” Dec. 14, 2010, Association of the Bar of the City of New York
- “Career Opportunities in Small Law Firms: A Panel Discussion,” April 24, 2008, Association of the Bar of the City of New York
- “Seeking a Standard: Reconciling Child Abuse with Condoned Cultural Practices,” 34 U. Miami Inter-Am. L. Rev. 491 (2003)
- Board of Directors, Moms Helping Moms Foundation, Inc.
- Advisory Board, Executive Committee, NJ LEEP (Law and Education Empowerment Project), which seeks to empower youth from underserved neighborhoods in northern New Jersey to greater educational achievement
- Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City, Young Professionals Committee, 2004-2009
- New Jersey LEEP Mentor, providing law-related and college-access programming to urban middle and high school students in northern New Jersey
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