Michael T. Mortensen

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  • Of Counsel at Jackson Lewis P.C. (902 Attorneys)
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Biography

Michael T. Mortensen is Of Counsel in the Dallas, Texas, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He focuses his practice on traditional labor relations, workplace law, and preventive advice and counseling.

His extensive labor relations experience includes collective bargaining, labor contract administration, grievances and arbitration hearings, NLRB proceedings, litigation, work stoppages, acquisitions and divestitures, and multiemployer benefit plans. He also serves as a trusted partner and advisor in all aspects of employment law, including administrative agency investigations and proceedings, discipline and discharge, complex investigations, workplace compliance, leave and accommodation administration, and HR policy management.

Mr. Mortensen spent several years directly interacting with employees on behalf of management during union organizing drives in a wide variety of industries and locations across the country. He devotes a significant amount of time advising employers faced with union organizing, corporate campaigns, large-scale protests and demonstrations, and representation elections, as well as assisting with the development of comprehensive programs to promote positive employee relations and effective leadership.

Mr. Mortensen is an engaging speaker who routinely presents interactive training seminars to all levels of management, human resources professionals, industry organizations, and professional associations on a wide range of labor and employment topics.

In addition to his career with Jackson Lewis P.C., Mr. Mortensen served as in-house labor and employment counsel and director of labor relations for large national corporations in the retail (general merchandise and grocery), distribution, and healthcare industries.

Pro Bono and Community Involvement

•Boggess Elementary (Plano ISD), Watch D.O.G.S. Volunteer
•Creighton Preparatory School, Former Volunteer Wrestling Coach
•Elkhorn Suburban Fire District, Former Vice President and Board Member
•Make-A-Wish Foundation of Nebraska, Former Volunteer
•Plano Sports Authority, Youth Soccer Coach
•Wylie Baseball & Softball Association, Youth Baseball Coach

In the News

October 2, 2018
Bloomberg BNA Big Law Business

Michael Mortensen Comments on Implications of Joint Employer Decisions Applying Browning-Ferris

Michael Mortensen comments on the major impact Browning-Ferris has had on businesses in ways that are not reflected by the number of decisions that applied the test in Joint Employment Test’s Bark May Be Worse Than Its Bite, published by Bloomberg Law.

Publications

March 19, 2019

Scabby the Rat: Threatening Pest or Famous Labor Icon?

Employers have at least one way to rid themselves of Scabby the Rat, a staple of labor union protest, following a decision from a federal appeals court upholding an ordinance enacted by the Town of Grand Chute, Wisconsin, banning anything placed on a public right-of-way that might obstruct vision or distract passing drivers. Construction...

January 29, 2019

Labor Board Narrows What May Be Considered Concerted Activity

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has narrowed the circumstances under which a complaint made by an individual employee is considered concerted activity under Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). Alstate Maintenance, LLC, 367 NLRB No. 68 (Jan. 11, 2019). In doing so, the Board reaffirmed and applied the...

January 7, 2019

Joint Employment under NLRA: Interpreting D.C. Circuit Court’s Browning-Ferris Decision

In a highly anticipated decision on the National Labor Relations Board’s controversial 2015 joint-employer standard under the National Labor Relations Act, the federal appeals court in the District of Columbia has partially upheld the standard. Browning-Ferris Industries of Cal., Inc. v. NLRB, No. 16-1028 (D.C. Cir. Dec. 28, 2018)....

Webinars

Jun 26

How to Respond [Effectively] to Union Organizing in the Chemical Industry

When

June 26, 2019 - 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM EST
Credits: CLE - Pending, HRCI - 1.0, SHRM - 1.0

Blogs

Healthcare Workplace Update
Protected Concerted Activity: Healthcare Employers Should Remain Wary Despite Narrowing Labor Board Standard
February 13, 2019

In a decision that affects both union and non-union employers, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or Board) has taken what is likely the first step toward reining in the expanded scope of what the Obama-era Board considered “protected, concerted activity” under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA).

By Michael T. Mortensen

Labor & Collective Bargaining
D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Upholds NLRB’s Browning-Ferris Joint-Employer Test, Cautions Board on Rulemaking
December 28, 2018

In a long-awaited decision, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld the controversial joint-employer standard articulated by the National Labor Relations Board in its 2015 Browning-Ferris decision. Browning-Ferris Industries of Calif., Inc. v. NLRB, D.C. Cir., No. 16-1028, 12/28/18.

By Michael T. Mortensen

Labor & Collective Bargaining
Labor Board Further Extends Deadline for Submitting Comments on Proposed Joint-Employer Rulemaking
December 12, 2018

The National Labor Relations Board has once again extended the deadline for submitting comments regarding its proposed rulemaking on the standard for determining joint-employer status under the National Labor Relations Act, this time to January 14, 2019.

By Michael T. Mortensen

Areas of Practice (5)

  • Labor and Preventive Practices
  • Construction
  • Healthcare
  • Retail and Consumer Goods
  • Transportation

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
972-728-3284  Phone
214-520-2008  Fax
www.jacksonlewis.com/people/michael-t-mortensen
University Attended:
Creighton University, B.A., 2000
Law School Attended:
Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, J.D., 2003
Year of First Admission:
2003
Admission:
2003, Nebraska; 2006, 9th Circuit Court of Appeals; 2018, Texas; 2018, U.S. Court of Appeals, DC Circuit
Memberships:
Nebraska State Bar Association
Birth Information:
1977
ISLN:
917451919

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