Michael Gray's practice focuses on representing corporate clients with labor and employment matters, including class action and multiplaintiff employment discrimination lawsuits, state law overtime class actions, FLSA collective actions, and trade secret and restrictive covenant matters. He represents employers throughout the U.S. in bench and jury trials, administrative hearings, arbitrations, and appellate courts in matters arising under federal and state antidiscrimination laws, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the FMLA, ERISA, Sarbanes-Oxley Act, labor management relations laws, and state law wrongful discharge claims. Michael also advises clients on preventive measures, including reviewing policies, counseling on disciplinary actions and investigations, negotiating severance agreements, and conducting employment practices reviews.
Michael co-chairs the Firm's Global Labor & Employment Practice. He brings a creative, business-minded approach to problem-solving and litigation. In recognition by Chambers and Legal 500, clients praised him by stating he's the guy I want in front of the judge and quickly gets down to the nuts and bolts and gets people focused on what's important - his approach is unique and he gets exceptional results.
Michael is a frequent speaker for the ABA's Labor and Employment Section, the National Employment Law Institute, and NYU's Center for Labor and Employment Law. He is a member of the advisory board of The Cornell Institute for Hospitality Labor and Employment Relations and chairs the Practising Law Institute's Understanding Employment Law annual program in Chicago. Michael contributes pro bono legal services to Lambs Farm and is a member of the board of directors of the Illinois Holocaust Museum.
Publix wins summary judgment on questions of FLSA regular rate calculation
CareerBuilder wins denial of collective certification in FLSA case
WHM LLC (LXR Luxury Resorts) wage-hour class action trial court win affirmed by Florida Appeals Court
Honors & Distinctions
Named one of the Nation's Most Powerful Employment Attorneys by HR Executive magazine and Lawdragon for the last six years
Recognized as one of 18 Leading Lawyers nationally for employment litigation by The Legal 500 US
Consistently ranked as a top employment lawyer by Chambers USA, The Legal 500 US, Best Lawyers, and Illinois Super Lawyers
fellow, The College of Labor & Employment Lawyers