How Michael Helps Clients
Michael J. Lufkin practices in all aspects of labor and employment law and represents employers in agency investigations, state and federal single-plaintiff actions, class and collective actions and arbitrations involving issues such as harassment, discrimination, retaliation, constructive discharge, restrictive covenants, wage claims and breach of contract actions. Additionally, Michael advises employers on a variety of personnel issues, including hiring processes and screening, discharge and separation matters, compliance with wage and hour laws, discrimination laws, family and medical and disability leave laws, and developing personnel policies and procedures. In the area of labor law, Michael counsels public and private sector employers on legal matters involving union-company relations.
What Clients Can Expect
Clients can expect balanced representation with the personal attention that they expect for their particular legal matter. Michael strives to provide each client with not only exemplarily legal service and advocacy but also honest assessment of what the client faces and strategies for achieving desired goals efficiently.
Outside the Office
Originally from New Jersey, Michael and his wife relocated to Jacksonville in 2006 after attending Michigan State University. Michael spends most of his time away from the office trying to keep up with his young children. He also enjoys volunteering with his church, traveling, spending time in the Outer Banks and hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains. If Michael had not gone to law school, he would have likely put his History degree to work and pursued a professorship.
It is important for lawyers to remember that zealous advocacy is only one side of the coin; we are also counselors tasked with dispensing advice that impacts our clients both immediately and long-term.
- Represented public school district in binding arbitration matters involving employee discipline and interpretation and application of collective bargaining agreement provisions. Also represented public school district administration in employee discipline and termination appeal matters before the appointed governing body.
- Served as counsel and help guide hospitality clients through federal department of labor investigations related to alleged unpaid minimum wages, miscalculated overtime, and tip allocation issues.
- Served as trial counsel for a worldwide Fortune 500 company and obtained summary judgment in client’s favor in case involving former employee’s claims of unlawful race discrimination and retaliation claims.
- Served as trial counsel for international staffing company in wage and hour action claim involving allegations of unpaid overtime and successfully obtained an award and judgment in client’s favor.
Michigan State University College of Law, J.D., 2006
Rowan University, B.A., 2003
- U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
The Florida Bar (Labor and Employment Section, Trial Lawyers Section, Labor & Employment Law NLRB and PERC Liaison Committee)
Jacksonville Bar Association
Society for Human Resource Management