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Labor and employment Star

Michael Palmer is co-chair of the Wage and Hour Practice at Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP and a partner in the firm’s New York office. His practice focuses on the representation of individuals in complex litigations, including wage and hour class actions, False Claims Act and anti-kickback cases, and employment discrimination actions.


Michael serves as lead counsel in Johnson v. Oracle, an arbitration brought on behalf of a class of commissioned sales employees which alleges that Oracle America owes the employees for millions of dollars in unpaid commissions. After Oracle refused to participate in the arbitration, the parties battled in federal court, first in district court and then the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Arguing the issue before the threejudge panel, Michael secured a win from Ninth Circuit, affirming the lower court’s order compelling Oracle to arbitration.


Michael is also one of the lead trial attorneys in Abrishamcar v. Oracle, a California Private Attorney General action seeking civil penalties for the violation of state laws governing commission agreements and the timely and full payment of commissions.


He likewise heads up an overtime class action against telecom company Alaska Communications Systems (“ACS”), in which it’s alleged that ACS misclassified sales employees as exempt from overtime pay under state and federal law. Michael won certification of a class of current and former sales employees and defeated ACS’s attempt to overturn the decision at the Ninth Circuit.


Another of his recent victories came in the overtime class action Julian v. MetLife. He and his team secured a decision from the District Court for the Southern District of New York certifying a nationwide FLSA collective action on behalf of claim specialists who process long-term disability insurance claims.


Since graduating from the New York University School of Law in 2004, Michael has devoted his legal career to representing employees and public interest law—recovering millions of dollars for his clients and fighting for individuals’ rights. Following his recognition as a “Rising Star” in New York in 2014 and 2015, Michael has been selected multiple times to the New York Metro Super Lawyers List.


Last updated Sep 2019