Christina M. Michael
Christina Michael is a partner in the firm’s Philadelphia office whose practice includes both employment litigation and counseling. In her litigation practice, Christina handles a full range of employment-related matters in court and administrative agencies, including cases involving discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful discharge, whistleblower claims, wage and hour laws, and common law contract and tort claims. Christina has experience taking matters to jury trials, as well as arbitration proceedings, and has appeared before a variety of state and federal agencies. Christina also has represented employers at the appellate level, and has briefed appeals and writs in the United States Supreme Court, the Second Circuit, and the Third Circuit.
Christina also dedicates a substantial portion of her practice to counseling employers as they address day-to-day employment law questions. She regularly advises employers on a wide variety of matters, such as the appropriate handling of disciplinary issues, employee terminations, compliance with employment laws and regulations dealing with harassment and discrimination, worker classification pursuant to wage and hour laws, background checks, disability and religious accommodations, creating and implementing employee handbooks and personnel policies, and handling of labor relations. Her experience includes both unionized and non-union workplaces.
Christina has a particular practice focus representing clients in the retail industry. Prior to attending law school, Christina worked in store for a large national specialty apparel retail chain. Her hands-on experience managing and working with retail sales floors, stock rooms and merchandising teams gives her a valuable perspective and understanding as an employment lawyer for retail industry clients. She has represented a variety of retail clients, including department stores, national discount retailers, boutique jewelers, local retailers, and convenience store chains.
Christina regularly presents continuing education seminars to human resources and legal professionals on various topics including: managing employee leave under the FMLA, ADA, Workers’ Compensation, and disability statutes, the pitfalls of conducting background checks, legal issues facing Gig Economy participants, and the appropriate classification of workers under applicable laws.
Honors & Leadership
Honors & Awards
Pennsylvania Super Lawyers – Rising Stars, since 2013
Brandywine Ballet Company, Board of Directors 2015 - present
Seminars & Speaking Engagements
- Philadelphia Annual One Day Seminar9.29.16
- 2017 Pennsylvania Employment Law Institute
The Gig Economy: Classified Ads for Unclassified Workers
April 27, 2017
- Background Checks: A Minefield of Potential Liability
- Keystone Employment Law Blog6.16.16
- Beyond Banning the Box – Philadelphia Continues to Restrict the Use of Criminal Background Checks in HiringKeystone Employment Law Blog1.27.16
- Government Relations Blog3.11.15
- Temple University, Beasley School of LawJ.D. 2009
- Tufts UniversityB.A. 2004
- New Jersey
- New Jersey Supreme Court
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
- U.S. Supreme Court