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Michael J. Passarella

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J.D., Tulane University Law School 2006

B.A., Harvard University, 1999

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Connecticut, 2008
  • New York, 2009
  • Connecticut – D. Conn., 2010
  • 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, 2010
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, 2011
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern and Western District of New York, 2014
  • 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals, 2016
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Michael J. Passarella’s practice encompasses both general employment litigation and preventative practices, including legal guidance and counseling to employers with both union and non-union employees across a broad range of labor and employee relations issues.

Michael routinely represents in hearings before the National Labor Relations Board and in collective bargaining negotiations and arbitrations for clients across the country. He has conducted vulnerability assessments for employers and has provided management training in union and litigation avoidance, sexual harassment prevention, leave management, and hiring and firing practices. He provides strategic and legal communications advice in mergers and acquisitions involving unionized, partially unionized, and non-union companies, union organizing and elections, corporate campaigns, and picketing.

His employer counseling practice includes assisting companies with handbook and personnel policy drafting and review, daily management of employee disciplines and terminations, and general advice and counsel on compliance with federal and state employment laws. Passarella has extensive litigation experience representing employers in discrimination, wage and hour, whistleblower, and wrongful termination claims before state and federal courts, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities, the New York State Division of Human Rights, and various other administrative agencies across the country.

Michael earned his J.D. from Tulane University Law School, where he was vice president of the Tulane Sports Law Society.  He earned a B.A. in History from Harvard University where he was captain of the Men’s Varsity Tennis Team and a member of the Undergraduate Advisory Committee on Athletics.

Prior to joining Olshan, Passarella was a principal at Jackson Lewis P.C.