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, 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.
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.