Michael "Mike" Furey has a diverse practice, representing clients in commercial litigation and employment matters in federal and state courts. He has extensive appellate experience, having argued on many occasions before the New Jersey Supreme Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
Mike's commercial litigation practice is expansive and includes disputes relating to partnerships, corporate disputes, the sale of businesses, trade secrets and restrictive covenants. He regularly performs employment-related trial work and counseling for clients on discrimination, whistleblower and contract claims and issues. His practice, while primarily New Jersey-focused, has also taken him to other states to argue cases and counsel clients.
Additionally, Mike has represented attorneys and law firms in various types of disputes, including malpractice claims and claims relating to the withdrawal of an attorney from a firm. He also advises attorneys on ethics and professional responsibility issues, as well as attorney/client privilege issues.
Mike has compiled an impressive record with his own legal achievements. Since 2005, Chambers USA has ranked Mike among New Jersey's leading employment lawyers for his "strong litigation experience and commercial outlook," calling him a "top trial lawyer," who is "smart, good on his feet and good before a jury." He was also selected as a "New Jersey Super Lawyer" in the fields of Business Litigation and Employment and Labor by the publishers of Law & Politics and New Jersey Monthly magazines since 2005. He has also been named one of the Top 100 lawyers in the State for his work in business-related litigation seven times.
Mike does extensive bar-related and community work. He serves on the New Jersey Supreme Court's Disciplinary Oversight Committee, where he is the Chair, and the Lawyers Advisory Committee for the New Jersey Federal District Court. In addition, he was selected to serve on the Supreme Court committee to review proposed changes to the Rules on Professional Conduct. He is on the Board of Legal Services of New Jersey. Mike has also served as President and Chair of the New Jersey Ballet and on the Board of the New Jersey State Bar Association.
Represented a Fortune 100 retailer in class-action lawsuits in New Jersey, including one case where he argued the class certification issue before the New Jersey Supreme Court.
Tried a defamation action against a credit rating agency in Federal Court and obtained a directed verdict for the client at the end of the plaintiff's case.
Completed a 15-day arbitration hearing involving a dispute between shareholders raising governance, fiduciary duty and corporate opportunity issues.
Chosen for inclusion in the Chambers USA Legal Directory as a leading litigation attorney, 2005- 2016
Selected to the list of New Jersey Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters), Business Litigation, Employment and Labor, 2005-2016Selected to the list of Top 100 New Jersey Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters), Employment and Labor, 2007-2008, 2010-2014
Chosen for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, Employment Law - Management and Labor Law - Management, 2006-2017
AV Preeminent rated by Martindale-Hubbell