Michael R. Hekle is a partner in the White Plains office of Jackson Lewis LLP. Mr. Hekle received undergraduate degrees in Liberal Arts (1994) and Education (1996) from the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada, and a Juris Doctorate degree from Hofstra University School of Law (2001). Mr. Hekle was Jonathan Falk Labor Award recipient and a member of the Wagner Labor Moot Court. Mr. Hekle came to Jackson Lewis LLP in 2001 and has been an active member in the Firm’s labor practice group since that time.
Mr. Hekle represents employers of varying sizes and industries in a wide-range of labor and employment matters, including union contract negotiations, union grievances and arbitrations, representational campaigns, NLRB trials and other traditional labor matters. Mr. Hekle also assists and counsels organizations on items such as wage and hour audits, discrimination claims, employee handbook policies, management training matters and other preventative strategies.
In addition, a significant portion of Mr. Hekle’s practice is devoted to the representation of villages, towns, libraries and various other public entities in contract negotiations, disciplinary proceedings, PERB hearings and interest arbitrations. Mr. Hekle has assisted public sector employers in a wide range of traditional employment law matters such as discrimination claims, leaves of absence and policy drafting.
Mr. Hekle is a frequent speaker before local and regional SHRM and LERM organizations. Mr. Hekle is also the legislative liaison for the Westchester County Chapter of SHRM.
Honors, Awards and Pro Bono Activity
- Jonathan Falk Labor Law Scholarship Recipient, 2000
- Labor Moot Court, 2001