Michael B. Cohen is an Associate at The Law Offices of Gilda A. Hernandez, PLLC. Mr. Cohen focuses his practice on litigating complex class action employment law and wage and hour disputes. Mr. Cohen is currently involved in several federal lawsuits pursuant to the Fair Labor Standards Act, the North Carolina Wage and Hour Act, and the Family Medical Leave Act.
Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Cohen worked for a nationally-renowned plaintiff’s firm and served in summer clerkships for The Honorable James L. Gale, Chief Judge of the North Carolina Business Court, and The Honorable D. Thomas Lambeth, Jr., Judge in North Carolina’s 15A judicial district. During law school, Mr. Cohen was a competing member on the Holderness Moot Court National Appellate Advocacy Team, acted as Senior Staff Editor for the North Carolina Journal of International Law, and served as an extern for the Financial Fraud Unit of the N.C. Department of Justice. He was also a recipient of the Eugene Gressman and Daniel H. Pollitt Oral Advocacy Award for his advocacy skills, and the Seymour W. Wurfel Award for his managerial and editorial contributions to the North Carolina Journal of International Law.
Mr. Cohen resides in Apex with his wife, Amanda, and their two dogs, Bandit and Lily.
- Super Lawyers selectee as a “Rising Star” in Employment and Labor Law, 2018
- Recognition by Charlotte Magazine as one of North Carolina’s “Outstanding Young Lawyers in Employment and Labor Law,” 2018
Professional and Community Activities
- Committee Member, Young Lawyers Division Newsletter & Communications Committee, North Carolina Bar Association
- National Employment Lawyers Association
- American Bar Association
- Tenth Judicial District Bar
- UNC School of Law, J.D., 2016
- George Washington University, B.A., cum laude, 2013
- North Carolina Wage and Hour Act Amended to Exempt Seasonal Amusement or Recreational Employees from Overtime Provision, North Carolina Bar Association Blog (Aug. 11, 2017)
- Fifth Circuit: Employers Liable for Emotional Distress Damages in FLSA Retaliation Claims, North Carolina Bar Association Blog (Mar. 2, 2017)
- Avoiding Double Taxation and Expatriation: A Comprehensive Solution to FATCA and Corporate Inversion, 41 N.C. J. Int’l L. 595 (2016)