MICHAEL A. KALISH is a Member of the Firm in the Labor and Employment practice, in the New York office of Epstein Becker Green. He counsels public and private sector employers in a variety of matters, including compliance with federal and state labor and employment laws, and litigates discrimination, sexual harassment, noncompetition, employee benefits and wrongful termination cases.

Mr. Kalish has first-chaired jury and bench trials, conducted numerous arbitrations, and argued appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He also is experienced in class actions and injunction proceedings. Many of his cases have resulted in published decisions, and involved such issues as employment discrimination, ERISA and WARN.

Mr. Kalish:

  • Represents employers in a wide range of industries, including insurance, banking and telecommunications
  • Regularly appears before various administrative tribunals, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and the New York State Division of Human Rights, as well as federal and state courts
  • Advises employers on the development and implementation of personnel policies and procedures
  • Conducts training for management and staff on sexual harassment and other employment issues
  • Assists in the preparation of company policy manuals and employee handbooks.

Mr. Kalish speaks frequently at conferences and before business groups on current employment topics, including sexual harassment, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). He is also a member of the adjunct faculty of the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations, where he teaches courses in its Human Resources and the Law Program. Mr. Kalish has been a guest on various radio and television shows discussing labor and employment law issues.


  • Duke University (J.D., 1985)
  • Binghamton University, State University of New York (B.A., 1982)

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of New York

Bar Admissions

  • New York


  • American Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association 

Board of Directors

  • Autism Legal Foundation