Michael Palmer

Michael Palmer
Michael Palmer
NY Partner

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Mr. Palmer serves as Co-Chair of the Firm’s wage and hour practice and also has the expertise to represent individuals in False Claims Act and employment discrimination actions.

Meet Michael Palmer

Meet Michael Palmer

Dear Michael, thank you and your team for all that you did to help me resolve my recent legal issues. Everyone I interacted with at Sanford Heisler Sharp was, not only accomplished and brilliant at what they do, but also good people with good values. One of the things that impressed me the most was your firm’s philosophy that the client well-being comes first. There were times that I thought things would not be resolved and I was repeatedly told that your firm’s focus was on me and the outcome for me, independent of any compensation to the firm. Though times were sometimes stressful, you and everyone at the firm were reassuring and confident. I could not have asked for a better firm and people to work with. Thank you again. I sincerely appreciate all that you did for me. Bill

Dear Michael, I wanted to say a heartfelt thank you for all the work you put in on my case. I couldn’t be more pleased with the outcome. You are a great lawyer and a kind man. Katie, a former Pharmaceutical Representative for Boehringer Ingelheim

Mr. Palmer was extremely helpful in guiding me as to whether I had a case or not. He laid out the scenarios, all the pros and cons, and let me make all the decisions. My ultimate decision led to a satisfactory outcome that would not have been possible without his help. A no-nonsense lawyer that doesn't play games and is the utmost professional. I highly recommend his services. A Former Client

Michael Palmer replaced an attorney on my case. At first I was somewhat skeptical as the former attorney at his firm was impressive. Nevertheless, he did not disappoint. If I had only one word to describe him, it would be thorough, and in my opinion thoroughness leads to success. In addition to being thorough he is also extremely approachable, and hard-working. Roberta

I was recently involved in a very complex legal situation which required representation from multiple lawyers in 2 different states. My case encompassed several areas of the law including: employment, workers comp and personal injury. As you can imagine, this was a very difficult and stressful time in my life and I was fortunate to have Michael Palmer represent me as my employment counsel. Michael went above and beyond the call of duty and was able to successfully negotiate a settlement for unpaid overtime against a major pharmaceutical company. His communication skills are outstanding. There was never a time when I had to wonder what Michael was doing for me. In addition to allowing me to review every document before taking action, both Michael and his legal assistant kept in constant contact with me providing updates at every turn. I found Michael to be thorough, dedicated, patient, knowledgeable, and trustworthy. But even more important to me was Michael was empathetic to my situation. His hard work was very much appreciated and his kindness will never be forgotten. I can unequivocally, with 100% confidence, recommend Michael Palmer and Sanford Heisler, LLP. Sherry Sunshine

I retained Michael to pursue an employment related issue for me. From the Onset, Michael exhibited a level of professionalism,dedication and diligence to the case that had me pleasantly surprised. He made sure that all facts related to the case were ascertained, and consistently kept me abreast with the status of the case. Michael eventually attained a very satisfactory resolution in my favor. I would definitely recommend Michael to anybody requiring an expert labor or employment related attorney. Daniel

Michael Palmer is an amazing attorney. From beginning to the end, he was professional, accurate, attentive, sensitive to certain subject matter, always on time when it came to calls, emails, contracts. From the start he took the time and went over in ever detail for my case, he took time for every call and every email. You could tell that he actual cared about my case. He never let me worry about anything, he truly handled everything for me. I never felt that I had anything to worry about bc I knew that Michael was taking care of it. I knew that I had the right person for the job. Michael was professional and he did an amazing job and I was happy with the end result. He was very compassionate, and I never thought that of a lawyer before. He is great and I would definitely recommend him. Lynette

Michael Palmer is a Partner in the New York office of Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP. After twice being selected as a “Rising Star,” in 2016, Mr. Palmer was selected to the New York Metro Super Lawyers List in 2017, a distinction based upon peer evaluation and recognized in Super Lawyers’ publications.

Mr. Palmer is Co-Chair of Sanford Heisler Sharp’s wage and hour practice with Andrew Melzer. Mr. Palmer represents individuals in complex litigations, including wage and hour class actions, False Claims Act lawsuits, and employment discrimination actions. His recent work includes representing contract recruiters who accuse their employer of not paying them for overtime worked; litigating a class action on behalf of sales workers who allege they were misclassified as exempt from overtime compensation; representing female pharmaceutical reps asserting they were paid less than their male counterparts; and prosecuting a case on behalf of a health care worker who alleged his former employer engaged in illegal kickbacks in violation of the False Claims Act.

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During his legal career, Mr. Palmer has acted as lead counsel in numerous individual and class action lawsuits and represented thousands of individuals who suffered unpaid wages, employment discrimination, and harassment. He has recovered millions of dollars on behalf of his clients. Mr. Palmer has argued cases before trial and appellate courts and is admitted to practice before the Bar of the State of New York and the federal district courts for the Southern District, Eastern District, and Western District of New York. He has written on current employment law issues and been published in NELA/NY’s New York Employee Advocate.

Mr. Palmer received his law degree from New York University School of Law in 2004. Prior to law school, he studied philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin and graduated with highest honors.

Education

  • J.D.,  NYU School of Law, 2004
  • B.A.,  The University of Texas, 2000

Bar Admissions

  • State of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York

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  • 2014-2015 NY Metro Super Lawyer Rising Star
  • 2016-2017 NY Metro Super Lawyer

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