Matthew Miklave is a partner in our New York and Stamford offices and a member in the Labor, Employment, Benefits + Immigration Group. He represents employers and management in all areas of civil rights, employment relations, and traditional labor law, including issues arising under federal and state antidiscrimination, antiretaliation, noncompete and restrictive covenants, labor, wage and hour, plant closing, family leave, retirement, election, and civil rights statutes.
Mr. Miklave represents employers in defense of lawsuits brought under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act; the Americans with Disabilities Act; the National Labor Relations Act; the Help America Vote Act; the Civil Rights Acts of 1866 and 1871; the Worker Adjustment Retraining Notification Act; the Family and Medical Leave Act; the Employment Retirement Income Security Act; the Fair Labor Standards Act; the Employee Polygraph Protection Act; and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as well as equivalent state and local laws. He defends governmental entities and officials in constitutional and civil rights litigation, including defense of claims brought under the First, Fourth, Fifth, and Fourteenth Amendments to the Constitution of the United States.
Mr. Miklave serves as lead negotiator and advises employers with respect to union-management labor negotiations and provides advice and counsel for labor and employment matters involving mergers, acquisitions, and reorganizations.
Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Miklave was a partner at Epstein Becker & Green, P.C., in its New York City and Stamford, Connecticut, offices. He also served as counsel to the National Labor Relations Board, in Washington, DC; as trial attorney to the NLRB's Regional Office in Brooklyn, New York; and as hearing officer in numerous union-management representation matters. Mr. Miklave also taught courses on civil rights and constitutional law as an adjunct faculty member at the American University in Washington, DC.
Mr. Miklave regularly lectures nationally and internationally on a variety of employment, labor, and civil rights-related topics. For almost 10 years, he hosted an online forum devoted to labor and employment issues. Along with two other Robinson+Cole lawyers, Mr. Miklave authors the Manufacturing Law Blog, one of the first blogs in the country to address legal issues facing manufacturers and distributors and how such issues affect the business. He is on the adjunct faculty of LawLine.com, an online provider of CLE programs.
Mr. Miklave also served as an elected representative on the Norwalk (Connecticut) City Council (2001 to 2007 and 2011 to 2013), where he was chair of the Planning Committee (2001 to 2007 and 2011 to 2012) and council president (2002 to 2003).