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Michael N. Petkovich

Principal
Washington, D.C. Region

P 703-483-8327
F 703-483-8301
Michael.Petkovich@jacksonlewis.com

Biography

Michael N. Petkovich is a Principal in the Washington, D.C. Region office of Jackson Lewis P.C.

Mr. Petkovich started his career in 1981 as a law clerk for NLRB Chairman John Fanning.  In 1983, he transferred to the NLRB Regional Office in New Orleans, Louisiana.  In mid-1986, Mr. Petkovich returned to Chicago, Illinois to join the Labor and Employment Group of Katten Muchin in Chicago, Illinois. In 1991, Michael was elevated to Partner at Katten Muchin. 

In late-1992, Mr. Petkovich joined Jackson Lewis to open the firm’s Chicago Office along with one other lawyer. During 1994, the firm assigned Michael as the Managing Partner of the Chicago Office. Over the next six years, he helped grow the Chicago Office to 15 lawyers. During late-2000, pursuant to the firm’s request, Michael transferred from the Chicago Office to help build the firm’s Washington, D.C. Office. Over the past sixteen years, the D.C. Region Office has grown from a total of nine cases to over 30 lawyers currently.

Since entering private practice in 1986, Michael has handled a wide range of workplace law matters, with a primary focus on employment law litigation. 

Approach to Employment Law Litigation

Mr. Petkovich is honored to represent clients on workplace law matters and is passionate about employment litigation. He recognizes the importance of providing clients early case assessments and litigation budgets to help executives make informed business decisions on whether to settle or whether to litigate at the start of each case. When clients authorize Mr. Petkovich to explore settlement, he employs creative negotiation strategies to obtain settlement amounts that consistently exceed client expectations. 

When clients elect to litigate, Mr. Petkovich includes clients in every strategy decision throughout the case and keeps them up to date on every case development. He is an efficient and effective litigator. Based primarily on his dedication to preparation, his street-smart approach to deposing plaintiffs and his commitment to clear and concise writing, Mr. Petkovich has obtained summary judgment in the vast majority of the motions he has filed.

Not all employment law cases can be settled or resolved by dispositive motion. Unfortunately, some cases must be resolved by a jury. In that event, clients trust Mr. Petkovich's skill and ability to communicate with juries and present evidence to them in a way they understand and believe. As detailed below, in his last six jury trials, our clients have received defense verdicts on all counts, except in one trial on one count out of twelve counts at issue.

Lead Counsel in Recent Jury Trials

  • Bumpers v. Diamond Solutions (U.S District Court for the Eastern Division of Virginia). Plaintiff claimed Defendant Diamond Solutions interfered with her ADA protected rights, failed to accommodate her ADA protected disabilities and terminated her employment because of her ADA disabilities. After a three-day trial, the jury issued a defense verdict on all claims.
  • Leigh, et al. v. Airport Taxi Management. (Anne Arundel County Circuit Court). Twelve plaintiffs brought claims for breach of contract, wrongful termination, intentional interference with economic relations, and fraud. After six-day trial, jury returned a defense verdict against all 12 plaintiffs on all claims.
  • Rampersaud v. Federal Management Systems, Inc. (Montgomery County Circuit Court). Plaintiff alleged five counts, including discriminatory termination, retaliation and violation of the Family and Medical Leave Act. After a two-week trial, the jury returned a defense verdict on all counts.
  • Cooper v. Counterpart Int’l, Inc. (D.C. Federal District Court). Plaintiff sued for over $2 million, claiming breach of employment contract and tortuous interference, defamation and violation of privacy. After an eight-day trial, the jury returned a defense verdict on all claims.
  • Feeney v. Magnolia Plumbing, et al. (D.C. Superior Court). Plaintiff filed a seven count complaint alleging gender discrimination, failure to pay overtime, retaliation for filing an overtime claim with the DOES, defamation and wrongful termination.  After a week-long trial, the jury returned a defense verdict on all claims, except the failure to pay overtime.  However, the jury denied plaintiff’s request for liquidated damages on that claim because the employer had sent plaintiff a check for the amount of overtime pay before plaintiff filed the complaint and she refused to accept payment. 
  • Bushey v. Laser Skin. (Circuit Court, Virginia Beach, Virginia). Plaintiff filed a multi-count complaint, including breach of contract, sexual harassment, sexual assault and battery, business expectancy and tortuous interference seeking over $4 million in damages.  After a five-day trial, the jury returned a defense verdict on all claims except on the sexual assault and battery claim—but issued a damage award well below plaintiff’s final settlement demand. 

Labor Law Experience

Over the past 30 years, Mr. Petkovich has represented employers in a wide range of labor law matters, including numerous NLRB trials, counseling on preventive strategies, responding to union organizing campaigns, RC Hearings, contract negotiations and labor arbitrations. For instance, he represented a large oil company in contract negotiations with multiple labor unions representing wall-to-wall bargaining units at the employer’s refinery in Port Arthur, Texas. In addition, Mr. Petkovich has successfully counseled clients regarding their responses to organizing drives by various unions such as the Chemical Workers, the IBEW, the Steelworkers and the Teamsters at clients’ chemical plants, steel manufacturing plants, truck manufacturing plants and warehouses.

Honors and Recognitions

Michael Petkovich
Rated by Super Lawyers


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Pro Bono and Community Involvement

  • Offender Aid and Restoration (OAR), Board of Directors Member