About Michael I. Bernstein

Michael I. Bernstein is a senior labor and employment law attorney at Bond, who began his career with the New York Regional Office of the National Labor Relations Board. In more than 50 years of private practice, he has represented management in all facets of labor and employment law, both in for-profit and not-for-profit settings, including in his capacities as a managing partner with Benetar Isaacs Bernstein & Schair, and as a senior partner and of counsel with Bond, Schoeneck & King. A graduate of Columbia Law School and the University of Michigan (Economics), Michael has chaired the Labor & Employment Law Section of the New York State Bar Association (and is a member of its Executive Committee), and has chaired both the Labor Committee of the New York City Bar Association and the Federal Labor Standards Legislation Committee of the American Bar Association. Michael also has served as a member of the Governor’s Advisory Panel on Economic Development, New York State; the Lt. Governor’s Task Force on Plant Closings, New York State; the New York State Bar Association Privacy Initiative Task Force; and on Advisory Committees/Task Forces to the American Arbitration Association and the New York City Commission on Human Rights. Additionally, he is a long-standing member of the New York State Bar Association Committee on Diversity and Inclusion, the New York City Bar Association Committee on Minorities in the Profession, and the NYU Labor and Employment Center’s Board of Advisors. In 2015, the New York State Bar Association, Labor & Employment Law Section, honored Michael with its “Lifetime Achievement Award.” He is also an elected Fellow to the College of Labor & Employment Lawyers, the American Bar Foundation and The New York Bar Foundation. Michael is a past member of the Second Circuit Credentials Committee of the College of Labor & Employment Lawyers. He is a frequent lecturer and contributing editor and author to major federal and state labor and employment law treatises and periodicals.


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