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Michael Starr

Holland & Knight LLP

New York, NY, USA

Michael Starr is a New York labor attorney who represents management in complex litigation related primarily to labor relations and employment. This includes federal labor law, non-competition, employee disloyalty and trade-secret misappropriation, employment discrimination, wage-hour law, as well as senior executive employment. Mr. Starr often handles cutting-edge matters of substantial client significance.

Mr. Starr appears regularly before federal and state courts for both trials and appeals, and he represents management before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and in other agency proceedings, as well as in arbitration, mediation and collective bargaining. Mr. Starr also advises clients on preventive labor and employee relations practices.

A fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, he is frequently published on employment issues. He was for 20 years a regular employment law columnist for The National Law Journal and was an editor of the Yale Law Journal.

Before entering private practice, Mr. Starr served as a law clerk to the Honorable Abner J. Mikva, circuit judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C.

His extensive additional activities include being a member of the Pro Bono Panel for civil appeals of the U.S. Court for the Second Circuit, a court-appointed mediator for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York (EDNY) and a member of EDNY’s Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Advisory Council. He was also a founding board member and member of the Board of Directors of the Court Appointment Special Advocates (CASA), a board member of the Lawyers Alliance for New York, a member of the Board of Arbitrators with the National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD) and of the Human Resources Committee for the New York City Partnership and Chamber of Commerce.

Honors & Awards

  • The Best Lawyers in America guide, Labor Law - Management, Litigation - Labor and Employment, 2008-2018; Employment Law - Management, 2016-2018
  • Global Awards - Labor-Management Relations, Corporate LiveWire, 2016
  • Chambers USA - America's Leading Business Lawyers guide, Labor and Employment, 2005-2017
  • Guide to the World's Leading Labour and Employment Lawyers, Legal Media Group's Expert Guides, 2013-2015
  • Who's Who in American Law, 2005-2013
  • New York Super Lawyers magazine, 2006-2017
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated


  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Advisory Council
  • College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, Fellow
  • American Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Association of the Bar of the City of New York
  • Federal Bar Council
  • International Society for Labor Law



  • Yale Law School, J.D.
  • University of Michigan, Ph.D., Philosophy
  • Binghamton University, B.A., summa cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • New York

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

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