Michael J. Neary

Employment and Litigation Attorney

Principal

mjneary@lerchearly.com
7600 Wisconsin AvenueSuite 700Bethesda, MD 20814

Education

  • University of Maryland School of Law (J.D., with honors, 2006)
    • Maryland Law Review, Executive Symposium Articles Editor
    • Moot Court Board, Runner-Up Best Brief, Morris B. Myerowitz Moot Court Competition
  • Loyola College (B.A. in Political Science, magna cum laude, 2002)
    • Pi Sigma Alpha

Admissions

  • Maryland
  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia
  • U.S. District Court, District of Maryland
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit
Overview

Michael Neary is an employment attorney and commercial litigator who works with businesses to prevent and defend against employee claims. He also litigates commercial disputes such as real estate controversies, business fraud, corporate and partnership dissolutions, and commercial contract claims.

Michael helps his clients comply with employment and labor laws, such as the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Title VII, and their state and local counterparts.  He routinely defends employers in court and administrative agencies against minimum wage and overtime claims, claims of race, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, pregnancy, transgender, and disability discrimination.

Michael’s clients include private schools, construction companies, developers, community associations, and closely held companies. One client describes Michael as having a "very professional and smart legal mind." Executives and human resource managers find him the calm in the storm, a reassuring presence amidst the heightened emotions that often accompany employee workplace issues and litigation. 

Michael is a Maryland native who attended Gonzaga College High School. He serves as the Board Chair of Cornerstone Montgomery, Inc. and is a member of the Catholic Business Network of Montgomery County.  He enjoys coaching his daughters in soccer and basketball.

Education

  • University of Maryland School of Law (J.D., with honors, 2006)
    • Maryland Law Review, Executive Symposium Articles Editor
    • Moot Court Board, Runner-Up Best Brief, Morris B. Myerowitz Moot Court Competition
  • Loyola College (B.A. in Political Science, magna cum laude, 2002)
    • Pi Sigma Alpha

Admissions

  • Maryland
  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia
  • U.S. District Court, District of Maryland
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit
Representative Matters
  • Overtime defense: Achieved dismissal as a discovery sanction of “off-the-clock” overtime claims filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland. The 4th Circuit affirmed the dismissal sanction.
  • Discrimination, hostile work environment and retaliation defense: Obtained summary judgment in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland in favor of a private development company on claims of race discrimination, hostile work environment, and retaliation. The 4th Circuit affirmed on appeal.
  • Whistleblower defense: Successfully defended an employer in a jury trial against health care whistleblower claims.
  • Class action: Resolved multiple class and collective actions under the FLSA and state counterparts.
Education & Admissions

Education

  • University of Maryland School of Law (J.D., with honors, 2006)
    • Maryland Law Review, Executive Symposium Articles Editor
    • Moot Court Board, Runner-Up Best Brief, Morris B. Myerowitz Moot Court Competition
  • Loyola College (B.A. in Political Science, magna cum laude, 2002)
    • Pi Sigma Alpha

Admissions

  • Maryland
  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia
  • U.S. District Court, District of Maryland
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit
Clerkships

Clerkship with the Honorable Katherine D. Savage in the Circuit Court for Montgomery County, Maryland.

Honors & Awards
  • Listed as "Rising Star" by Maryland Super Lawyers (2012-present)
  • Listed as "Rising Star" by Washington, DC Super Lawyers (2013-present)
  • Named Maryland State Bar Association Fellow (2016)
Community Involvement
  • Cornerstone Montgomery, Inc. (Chairman of the Board, 2016-present; Board of Directors, 2010-present; Chair of Governance and Membership Committee, 2014-2016; Secretary, 2014-2015)
  • Catholic Business Network of Montgomery County
Professional Memberships
  • Maryland State Bar Association (Board of Governors, 2015-2017; Business Law Section Council, 2016)
  • District of Columbia Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Bar Association of Montgomery County, Maryland (Commercial Litigation Section Co-chair, 2014-2017)
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