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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

1701 MARKET STREET, PHILADELPHIA, PA 19103-2921, USA
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Michael L. Banks

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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

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Labor & Employment

Position

A partner in the labor and employment practice at Morgan Lewis, Michael Banks litigates employment, benefits, commercial, professional liability, intellectual property, and personal injury issues in US state and federal courts. He has tried more than 35 cases—including class, collective, and multiplaintiff actions—for some of the firm’s largest clients, tallying a broad array of victories in courts and arbitrations around the United States. Michael has also litigated and won numerous injunction cases in trade secret and noncompetition disputes, including hotly contested matters against some of the largest and most recognized law firms. For more information, view his bio at https://www.morganlewis.com/bios/mbanks.

Career

Michael has lectured extensively on trial advocacy, including as an instructor in Temple University’s Beasley School of Law LL.M. (Master of Laws) degree program in trial advocacy for practicing attorneys. He also has served as a faculty member of the Academy of Trial Advocacy, which conducts trial training programs.

Education

Columbia Law School, J.D., 1981; Cornell University, A.B., 1978


United States: Labor and employment

Labor and employment disputes (including collective actions): defense

Within: Leading lawyers

Michael Banks - Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Within: Labor and employment disputes (including collective actions): defense

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP 'provides top-notch advice' and is appreciated for providing 'work quality at the highest level and having an excellent client service reputation'. It is capable of handling the full range of labor and employment matters on a national and international level. Washington DC-based Grace Speights, who is well versed in employment discrimination claims, leads the 'efficient and competent' group. Anne Marie Estevez in Miami represents Uber in a series of ADA accessibility litigation cases regarding the client's alleged failure to provide wheelchair accessible vehicles and alleged denial of service animals. Thomas Hurka in Chicago and Robert Jon Hendricks in San Francisco successfully handled various matters for Boeing. Davis McManus, who splits his time between New York and Boston, 'is the lawyer you want when stakes are high'. Michael Banks, Joseph Costello, Sarah Bouchard, Steven Wall and Michael Burkhardt are noted individuals in Philadelphia. Paulo McKeeby in Dallas 'brings value and trusted guidance' and Stephanie Sweitzer in Chicago is praised for 'her persistent engagement and leadership in managing cases, which is tremendously valuable'. Orange County-based Barbara Miller's 'wage-and-hour class action knowledge is impressive'. Houston's Ethel Johnson 'gets to the core of the issue quickly and efficiently while being the utmost professional'. Recommended practitioners are also Samuel Shaulson and Ira Rosenstein in New York, Lincoln Bisbee in Washington DC and Debra Fischer in Los Angeles. The team had several partner promotions in October 2018, including Jocelyn Cuttino in Washington DC.

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Workplace and employment counseling

Within: Workplace and employment counseling

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP is well versed in advising clients from various sectors, including pharmaceuticals, financial services, retail, technology, energy and transportation, on employment law challenges. The Washington DC office was reinforced by the arrival of former commissioner of the EEOC Chai Feldblum and her then chief of staff Sharon Perley Masling in February 2019. The team is particularly involved in the emerging #MeToo in the workplace area, and practice head Grace Speights, also based in DC, acted as a special investigation counsel to National Public Radio (NPR)'s board of directors’ special committee on sexual harassment. She also led an internal investigation for the Humane Society of the United States regarding sexual harassment complaints against a former CEO. Princeton's Michelle Sedin Silverman represented a government contractor in a matter alleging systemic discrimination against transgender employees. Deputy practice leader David McManus splits his time between Boston and New York and has notable crisis management experience. Michael Banks in Philadelphia, David Bowman and Douglas Schwarz in Boston, Jacqueline Aguilera in Los Angeles and Barbara Miller in Orange County are other key individuals. Further names to note include the Chicago-based Ross Friedman and Stephanie Sweitzer as well as Palo Alto's Michael Schlemmer. Susan Harthill joined the Washington DC office in October 2018 from the US Department of Labor (DOL). Around the same time, there have been several partner promotions, including Jocelyn Cuttino, also in Washington DC.

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