Fashion Counsel with Anthony V. Lupo

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Fashion Counsel with Anthony V. Lupo

Michael L. Stevens

Mike Stevens, Labor & Employment Lawyer
Michael L. Stevens
Washington, DC

Mike Stevens focuses his practice on representing clients in diverse and complex labor and employment law matters. In addition, he advises and defends clients with respect to public accommodation discrimination and fair housing matters. The scope of his practice is nationwide.

Mike is active in firm management. He previously served on the firm’s executive and compensation committees for many years. He currently co-manages the firm’s Litigation Department.

Client Work

Mike has substantial experience in a variety of industries, including real estate, parking, health care, professional services, education, publishing, television, tourism, communications, nonprofit organizations, government contracts, automobile and automotive parts, building services, laundry and linen supply, construction, hospitality and leisure, sports and entertainment, food products, fashion and luxury goods, high-technology, and manufacturing. He represents clients in both the private and public sectors.

As an experienced litigator, advisor, and negotiator, Mike regularly assists clients in matters involving union organizing campaigns; proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board; labor negotiations and arbitrations; employment discrimination, harassment and retaliation cases before agencies and courts; wrongful discharge litigation; drug and alcohol testing programs; executive employment and separation agreements; executive compensation; personnel manuals; protection of trade secrets; non-competition, non-disclosure, and non-solicitation agreements; discipline and termination of employees; wage and hour matters (including collective and class action litigation); employment obligations arising out of government contracts, plant closings and mass layoffs; dealing with ill and injured employees; and similar matters.

In addition, Mike advises clients on employment law issues arising out of the sale of businesses and similar corporate transactions, including reorganizations and restructurings. Mike regularly conducts training for managers and line employees on a variety of labor and employment law topics.

Mike also practices in the area of fair housing, counseling clients in the commercial and residential real estate industries on compliance with housing discrimination laws, and defending them in fair housing litigation.

Furthermore, Mike represents businesses and other organizations subject to nondiscrimination and reasonable accommodation obligations because of their status as public accommodations. In particular, he regularly counsels and defends such clients on matters arising under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and similar state and local laws.

Mike currently serves as outside legal counsel to the National Parking Association.

Professional Activities

Mike is a member of the American Bar Association’s Section on Labor and Employment Law.


Every year since 2006, Chambers USA has recognized Mike as a leading employment lawyer in Washington, DC. Also, Mike has been noted multiple times in the Washington Business Journal’s “Top Washington Lawyers” for his work in employment law. He has received a top “AV” peer review rating from Martindale-Hubbell. Mike was recognized by the Washington, DC edition of Super Lawyers in 2012 in the area of labor & employment law.

Bar & Court Admissions

District of Columbia Bar
Supreme Court of the United States
US District Court, District of Maryland
US Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit
US Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit
US District Court, District of Columbia


University of Pennsylvania Law School, JD
Colgate University, BA (magna cum laude)


Blog Posts by Michael L. Stevens

Labor & Employment, Class Action Defense
Please Wait While I Check Your Bag: California Court Certifies Nike Bag-Check Class Action & Converse Workers Seek Class Certification in Similar Case

Long lines and waiting for security inspections are the new normal not only at airports and stadiums, but also at office buildings and theatres—just to name a few places. According to the plaintiff in Rodriquez v. Nike Retail Services, Inc., N.D. Cal. Case No. 5:14-cv-01508, he and other Nike retail employees also had to wait for security inspections when they left for breaks or after their shifts at Nike’s retail stores. The plaintiff claims that he and other employees were required to wait for such inspections after clocking out, and he and a class of Nike retail employees should have been, but were not, paid for the time spent waiting. 
On August 19, 2016, the Northern District of California granted the plaintiff’s motion for class certification and certified a class of all current and former non-exempt Nike retail store employees from February 25, 2010, to the present. Opposing class certification, Nike made three overarching arguments:

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Labor & Employment
Retailers Under Fire: Urban Outfitters Becomes Latest Chain to Settle Wage Dispute

Urban Outfitters, Inc. – the parent company of Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, Free People, and BHLDN – recently settled an overtime wage and hour class action brought by one of its employees who alleged that he and others similarly situated were forced to work overtime without appropriate pay and that the Company violated a number of other California labor laws. Berry v. Urban Outfitters Wholesale Inc., N.D. Cal., No. 4:13-cv-02628. 

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Labor & Employment
NYC Bans the Box and Becomes Latest Jurisdiction to Limit Criminal Background Checks

On June 29, 2015, New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio (D) signed into law Bill 318-A, also known as the Fair Chance Act (the “Act”), which limits an employer’s ability to ask about an applicant’s criminal history until the applicant has been given a conditional offer of employment. The bill was passed by the City Council overwhelmingly on June 11, 2015 with 45 yeas and 5 nays. By passing the Act, New York City joins 17 states and over 100 cities that have enacted similar legislation. The law will take effect on October 27, 2015, 120 days after the Act was signed into law.

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