Mike Abcarian is managing partner of the firm's Dallas office. For over thirty years he has represented Fortune 500 corporations, units of local government, and local business interests in labor and employment matters.
He has handled hundreds of lawsuits in federal and state courts with an exceptional success record, including lead counsel defense of complex litigation and nationwide class actions.
Many of Mike's successful cases resulted in defense verdicts for employer clients following trial by jury. Mike also handles complex workplace safety matters, including fatality investigations, and has represented employers in high-visibility proceedings before the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
He has handled significant compensation compliance matters--some involving thousands of employees--in proceedings before the Wage & Hour Division of the U. S. Department of Labor. Mike also appears frequently before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, defending employers in discrimination matters.
He also represents employers before the National Labor Relations Board in union representation proceedings and unfair labor practice proceedings, and in arbitration of labor disputes and labor contract negotiations.
Throughout his career, Mike has been a sought-after speaker and a prolific author on labor and employment law issues.
He is AV Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell for preeminent skill and ethics, and he has been listed inTexas Super Lawyersevery year since 2004. Mike has also been listed inBest Lawyers in Americasince 2012.
Texas Super Lawyers (2005 through 2013)
The Best Lawyers in America 2013, 2014
Monitoring Employees: How Far Can Employers Go? August 29, 2014
Dealing With Employee Theft July 14, 2014
E-Cigarettes Light Up Controversy Among Employers April 8, 2014
Steering Clear of Hiring Hot Water July 10, 2013
OSHA Plans To Comb The Construction Industry May 8, 2013
Is The EEOC Messing With Texas? December 11, 2012
Whose Data Is It, Anyway? BYOD Policies at Work December 3, 2012
Changes To DOL Persuader Regs: Practical Considerations August 28, 2012
Create a Medal-Worthy Workplace During the Olympic Games August 1, 2012
Avoiding The Pitfalls Of Flexible Work Arrangements July 18, 2012
Employment Cases and Regulations to Watch in 2012 February 28, 2012
Tips For Improving Construction Workplace Safety And Avoiding OSHA Problems January 3, 2012
Packing Heat in the Parking Lot: Texas Employers Deal With Changes to the Concealed Handgun Law October 25, 2011
Dissing Boss Online May Be OK, If Coworkers Join In October 12, 2011
The Club Membership Texas Employers Want To Avoid June 7, 2011
Is Your Summer Dress Code Too Hot to Handle? June 2, 2011
Republican Sweep May Not Stem Obama's Pro-Labor Stance November 26, 2010
Labor Board Changes Looming January 15, 2010
New Fair Pay Law May Not Be Fair at All January 26, 2009
New Year Brings Changes to Key Employment Laws January 12, 2009
Industry's Battle Against Employee Free Choice Act Is Still Far From Over May 5, 2008
A Perfect Storm: Will There Be a Surge of Union Activity in Texas? April 7, 2008
Consider ADA Limitations Before Firing Workers February 1, 2008
Big Labor Seeks Union Surge December 27, 2007
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Are You Making A Good-Faith Effort To Accommodate Employee's Religious Beliefs? April 8, 2014
Fisher & Phillips Attorneys Offer Insight On Northwestern Football Ruling March 28, 2014
Employment Law Experts Say Employers Legally Allowed To Require Flu Shots February 25, 2014
The Uncertain Future Of E-Cigarettes In The Workplace February 25, 2014
Tips To Avoid Issues At Company Holiday Parties December 19, 2013
Labor Lawyer Michael Abcarian: The Secrets To His Success July 19, 2013
Work Email on Your Phone? Legal Issues Abound November 2, 2012
Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) September 18, 2012
Packing Heat on the Parking Lot October 12, 2011
Texas Bosses Can Choose Not to Hire Unattractive Candidates July 14, 2011
Avoid Internet Burn: Think First June 24, 2011
E-Cigarettes Light Up Controversy Among Employers May 5, 2014
Stretching The Limits On Flexible Work Arrangements October 1, 2012
Post-Election Hang Over? An Employer's Guide to Managing the Next Wave of Regulations
April 12, 2013
America's Safest Companies Conference - Chicago, IL
September 12, 2012
Packing Heat ... And Keeping the Peace - Dallas, TX
November 30, 2011
Sure-Fire Strategies for Improving Workplace Safety - Dallas, TX
April 12, 2011
Speaker and Author: Squeaky Clean Investigations and Terminations presented at HR Southwest, Fort Worth, Texas, October 15, 2012.
Speaker: BYOD Policy: What is It and Why You Might Need One? Podcast by Employee Benefit News, September 17, 2012.
Program Moderator, Speaker and Author for multi-disciplinary presentation by Fisher & Phillips, LLP entitled One Day, Many Solutions, including The Changing NLRB and its Effect on Non-Union and Union Employers, April 28, 2011 (Dallas).
Live interview with News Anchor Heather Hays onKDFW Fox 4 Newsregarding legal implications for employers who take disciplinary action against employees for misusing social media, March 16, 2011 (Dallas).