Special Counsel

TEL: 201-525-6274 / MOBILE: 201-741-9724 / FAX: 201-678-6274 / mmorea@coleschotz.comLegal Secretary: Pat Boyko TEL: 201-489-3000, ext. 5005

Michael N. Morea is special counsel in the firm’s Employment and Litigation Departments, where he represents and counsels employers in all types of employment matters and disputes across a broad range of industries. He also routinely represents clients in complex commercial matters such as shareholder and partnership disputes, claims of unfair competition, misappropriation of trade secrets and breach of contract actions.

Since joining the firm in 2002, Michael has played a prominent role in a variety of cases and matters, including:

  • Defending employers and their senior management in collective and class actions filed under the Fair Labor Standards Act and similar state wage and hour laws;
  • Counseling bankruptcy debtors-in-possession employers on employment issues such as wage payment and other employment-related legal obligations;
  • Defending a medical practice group and its owners in an action alleging sexual harassment;
  • Defending an automobile manufacturer in an action alleging unlawful discrimination and failure to accommodate an alleged disability;
  • Prosecuting claims for unlawful discrimination and breach of contract on behalf of a former limited partner/employee of an international restaurant chain;
  • Defending two automobile dealers in a class action brought against a luxury automobile manufacturer and its dealers in the New York metropolitan area;
  • Prosecuting claims in an arbitration for breach of contract by a former desk manager of a Wall Street securities firm against his former employer;
  • Defending a national dairy products manufacturer and one of its senior executives in an action alleging national origin discrimination;
  • Prosecuting a claim for trademark infringement and cyber squatting on behalf of a national limousine company against a competitor that was using our client’s trademark in its website domain; and
  • Prosecuting and defending numerous actions involving non-competition, non-solicitation or other restrictive covenants.

Michael has been repeatedly recognized for his legal achievements and professionalism. Michael has been awarded an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the premier directory of legal professionals and the New Jersey Law Journal named Michael to its “40 Under 40” list, a selection of the top attorneys in New Jersey under the age of 40. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey. See Award Methodology.

Michael is an active member of the Bergen County Bar Association and the New Jersey State Bar Association. Michael currently serves as co-chair of the Bergen County Bar Association's Labor and Employment Committee. He also served as a barrister in the Sidney Reitman Employment American Inn of Court from 2003-2005 and participated in the Justice Morris Pashman American Inn of Court from 2000-2002. 

A frequent lecturer and author on employment law topics, Michael serves as the editor of the firm’s employment law blog.

Michael earned his B.A. from Villanova University and his J.D. from Pace University School of Law, where he was a member of the Environmental Law Review.



Pace University School of Law, J.D., 1997

Villanova University, B.A., 1994

Bar & Court Admissions

New Jersey, 1997U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 1997New York, 1999U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 2000U.S. Supreme Court, 2002U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, 2006U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, 2010

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