Mike Royal is a partner in the Dallas office. He has more than 20 years of experience representing regional, national and international clients in multiparty complex and class action litigation in state and federal court (specifically addressing wage & hour and discrimination issues), as well as single party litigation matters involving claims related to wrongful discharge, whistle blowing, harassment, discrimination, retaliation, employment-related torts, trade secrets and noncompetition agreements.
Mike develops personal relationships with his clients that enable him to identify their legal and business objectives and to advance their positions in a creative, efficient and persuasive manner.
In addition to his considerable litigation practice, Mike routinely counsels employers on compliance with various state and federal employment laws.
Mike is one of the founders of the Fisher & Phillips International Employment Law Practice Group and regularly represents multinational companies in cross-border and international employment law issues and disputes.
Mike is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell, recognizing his adherence to the highest standards of professional competence and ethical conduct.
His work has also gained him recognition in multiple client and peer review listings, such asThe Best Lawyers in America(2013 and 2014), Who's Who Legal,The International Who's Who of Management Labour & Employment Lawyers(2012 to 2014), and BTI'sClient Service All-Star Team(2013).
TheBTI 2012 Client Service All-Stars list. BTI, a leading legal industry consulting firm, selected Mike to be included on the list as one of only 272 attorneys (of which, only 28 of whom practice in the area of employment law) based on interviews with hundreds of corporate counsel at Global 500 and Fortune 1000 organizations to identify attorneys nationwide who are the leaders of client service excellence, based on client focus, an exceptional understanding of the client's business, outstanding results, outsized value and legal skills.
Who's Who Legal,The International Who's Who of Management Labour & EmploymentLawyers (2012)(Mike was identified as being among only 703 of the world's leading Management Labour & Employment lawyers, based on research with clients and peers).
The Best Lawyers in America, 19th edition (2012)(Practice Area - Employment Law - Management)(Selection for Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive and rigorous peer-review survey comprised of more than 4 million confidential evaluations by the top attorneys in the country).
Mike is AV peer rated by Martindale-Hubbell, recognizing his adherence to the highest standards of professional competence and ethical conduct.
If Exotic Dancers Aren't Independent Contractors, Who Is? May 8, 2014
The Stakes Have Been Raised: Increased Government Scrutiny of Contingent Workers March 1, 2012
New Ruling Helps You Protect Your Company Secrets from Walking Out the Door October 12, 2011
Wanted: Independent Contractors August 15, 2011
Are You Guilty Of Job Title Inflation? March 28, 2011
Now's The Time to Dust Off Non-Compete Agreements May 3, 2010
Employee Misclassification Enforcement: Navigating the Shifting Current,
ABA Employment Rights & Responsibilities Committee Midwinter Meeting
Structuring Enforceable Non-Compete Agreements for Multinational Employers with Employees in Europe and Asia, Association of Corporate Counsel Annual Meeting (October 2013)
International Laws Governing Cross Border Discovery, Privilege, Confidentiality and Data Privacy, American Bar Association, International Labor & Employment Law Committee (October 2013)
Business Opportunities and Synergies Between Immigration and Labour Lawyers in Today's Market, International Bar Association Annual Conference (September 2012)
Bullying: From the Playground to the Workplace, Alliance Texas Human Resources Group, Fort Worth, TX (May 2013) Romance in the Workplace: Advising Around the Risks, 2013 National CLE Conference, Labor & Employment Law, Snowmass, CO (January 2013)
Business Opportunities and Synergies Between Immigration and Labour Lawyers in Today's Market, International Bar Association Annual Conference, Dublin, Ireland (September 2012)
Diversity in the Profession: An Open Forum, International Labor and Employment Law Committee 2012 Midyear Meeting, Paris, France (May 2012)
The Stakes Have Been Raised: Increased Government Scrutiny of Contingent Workers, American Bar Association, Employment Rights & Responsibilities Committee, 2012 Midwinter Meeting, Las Vegas (March, 2012)
Effective Advising of Employers in Litigation, 2012 National CLE Conference (LEI) Labor & Employment Law, Aspen (January 2012)
Legal Pitfalls Arising From Requests for Accommodation and Options Resolution, American Bar Association, 5th Annual Section of Labor & Employment Law Conference, Seattle (November 2011)
Recent Amendments to the Texas Concealed Handgun Law, Alliance Human Resources Group Meeting, Ft. Worth (September 2011)
Wanna Keep A Secret, Eh?: Enforcing Restrictive Covenants in Canada and the United States, American Bar Association, 2011 Annual Meeting, Toronto (August 2011)
Tips & Traps for the Unwary: Key Issues in Non-Compete/Unfair Competition Matters, American Bar Association, 2011 Annual Meeting, Toronto (August 2011)
Legal Ethics and Attorney-Client Privilege in Cross-/Border Labor/Employment Law Work, American Bar Association, Section of Labor and Employment Law, International Labor & Employment Law Committee, 2011 Mid-Year Meeting, Berlin (May 2011)
Trade Winds of Change: The Perils and Profits Associated with Contingent Workers, American Bar Association, Section of Labor and Employment Law, Employment Rights and Responsibilities Committee, 2011 Midwinter Meeting, San Juan (March 2011)
Fair Labor Standards Act-Basics, American Bar Association, 2010 Annual Meeting, California (August 2010)
Less than a Significant Restriction and More Than a Temporary Nonchronic Condition? Texas Lawyer Corporate Counsel Symposium, Dallas (November 2009)
I Don't Know Where I'm Gonna Go When the Whistleblower Blows: A How-to Guide to Whistleblower Claims, American Bar Association, Section of Labor and Employment Law, Employment Rights and Responsibilities Committee, 2009 Midwinter Meeting, Key West, Florida (March 2009)
U.S. Employment Law -- Practical Guidance From Leading U.S. Employment Lawyers, LexisNexis Seminar, London (November 2008)
Employment Law and Practices for Texas Independent Schools, School Office Services Legal Seminar, Dallas (June 2008)
General Counsel Panel: Best Leadership Practices, 30th Annual University of Texas Corporate Counsel Institute, Houston (February 2008)
You're Going To Miss Me When I'm Gone; ADA, FMLA, Workers' Compensation and USERRA, Dallas Human Resource Management Association Seminar, Dallas (January 2008)
Who's the Boss - the Doctor or the Attorney? A Difficult Diagnosis in ADA/FMLA Cases, American Bar Association, Section of Labor and Employment Law, Employment Rights and Responsibilities Committee, 2007 Midwinter Meeting, Louisiana (March 2007)
Use of Expert Witnesses in ADA and FMLA Cases: A General Overview, American Bar Association, Section of Labor and Employment Law, Employment Rights and Responsibilities Committee, 2007 Midwinter Meeting (March 2007)
Health, Disability & Leaves of Absence Subcommittee Annual Report, American Bar Association, Section of Labor and Employment Law, Employment Rights and Responsibilities Committee, 2007 Midwinter Meeting (March 2007)