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Michael Tiliakos

Rao Tiliakos LLP

New York & San Francisco, NY, USA

Michael Tiliakos

Prior to forming Rao Tiliakos LLP, Michael Tiliakos was a Senior Labor and Employment Associate in the New York office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP where he was an active member of the Firm's hiring committee, Diversity Action Team, pro bono program, management-training subsidiary ("Seyfarth Shaw At Work"), and Summer Associate Mentor Program. While at Seyfarth Shaw, he served as lead senior associate in several significant collective actions brought under the FLSA, including an FLSA collective action against the City of New York. Prior to joining Seyfarth Shaw, he served as an Assistant Corporation Counsel with the New York City Law Department, where he handled matters ranging from workers' compensation to employment discrimination cases and civil rights violations. In 1997, he received an award from the Corporation Counsel in recognition of his outstanding performance and dedication. He has significant experience representing both private and municipal clients in employment actions, including class and collective actions, brought under anti-discrimination statutes, and in civil rights cases such as false arrest, excessive use of force, malicious prosecution, selective enforcement and First Amendment retaliation. His trial experience includes four federal jury trials, including a July 2008 defense verdict in a large FLSA collective action concerning the exempt status of select groups of sergeants in the New York City Police Department.

In addition to being an experienced litigator, Michael conducts extensive employee and management training courses, including anti-harassment training and courses on how to effectively manage employees in accordance with various employment laws. He also counsels clients on compliance with employment laws and conducts workplace investigations and wage and hour audits.

J.D., New York Law School, cum laude (1996)
B.A., Pennsylvania State University, with honors (1993)

New York
New Jersey

U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York
U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan

New York State Bar Association
Hellenic Lawyers Association, Board Member
Hellenic American Chamber of Commerce


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