Michael C. Lasky is co-chair of the Litigation Practice Group of Davis & Gilbert. He has over 35 years of complex commercial and business law experience and has litigated a broad range of disputes, including:
-Complex commercial cases
-Shareholder commercial and partnership disputes
-Disputes relating to the purchase and sale of businesses
-Restrictive covenant and "garden leave" disputes
-Breach of fiduciary duty and "mass exodus" claims
-Disputes involving the protection and exploitation of trade secrets
Mr. Lasky also devotes a significant portion of his practice to advising executives and owners of the public relations, advertising, investment banking and e-commerce firms on their employment, shareholder, incentive compensation and related arrangements. A noted authority on the use and enforceability of various post-employment restrictions on competition and the movement of talent between competitive organizations, he has been quoted by The Wall Street Journal and other leading publications.
In 2013, Mr. Lasky was awarded The Boris Kostelanetz President’s Medal “in recognition of his extraordinary record of dedication to The New York County Lawyers Association and distinguished service to the legal profession.” He has also been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America in litigation – labor and employment (2013-2020). In addition, Mr. Lasky has repeatedly been selected as a Super Lawyer by New York Metro Super Lawyers (2013-2019).
Mr. Lasky is also chair of the Public Relations Law Practice Group at Davis & Gilbert. He is frequently called upon to address and collaborate with the leading industry trade associations, including the Counselors Academy of the Public Relations Society of America and the American Marketing Association. He has served as General Counsel to the Council of Public Relations Firms since its formation in 1998 and has worked closely with them to spearhead the development of several areas, including:
-Model agency/client agreements;
-Employee confidentiality and non-solicitation agreements;
-Incentive arrangements for key executives;
-Non-disclosures agreements for use in connection with vendors, joint ventures and potential mergers and acquisitions;
-Guidelines for handling client conflicts at public relations firms; and
-Policies and practices for communication professionals to reduce potential exposure for "messenger liability," caused by the communication executive's role in the dissemination of false or misleading statements.
During law school, Mr. Lasky served as the Editor-in-Chief of Rutgers Law Review. Thereafter, Mr. Lasky served as the law clerk to the Honorable Lee P. Gagliardi, United States District Court, Judge for the Southern District of New York. In 1991, Mr. Lasky was appointed by the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York to serve as a Court-appointed pro bono mediator and continues to serve in the capacity under the auspices of the Court. To date, he has mediated over 100 cases.