Michael B. Cohen is an associate in the Raleigh office of Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog, where he focuses his practice on employment law and civil litigation.  Michael has extensive experience representing and advising his clients in matters arising under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the North Carolina Wage and Hour Act, and the Retaliatory Employment Discrimination Act (REDA), as well as through issues involving independent contractor misclassification, exempt employee misclassification, misappropriation of trade secrets, restrictive covenants, breach of contract, and wrongful termination.  Michael also has experience litigating business disputes, education matters, construction claims, and fair housing claims.

In both 2018 and 2019, Michael was recognized as a North Carolina Rising Star by Super Lawyers, a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.  No more than 2.5% of lawyers in the state are eligible to receive this recognition.  Michael also currently serves as a member of the Young Lawyers Division Newsletter & Communications Committee for the North Carolina Bar Association.

Prior to joining Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog, Michael worked for a Triangle-based firm, where he concentrated his practice on litigating complex class action employment law cases in federal and state courts nationwide.  Michael graduated from the University of North Carolina School of Law, where his experience included working for a nationally-renowned civil litigation firm, serving in a summer clerkship for The Honorable James L. Gale, Chief Judge of the North Carolina Business Court, and serving as an extern for the Financial Fraud Unit of the North Carolina Department of Justice.  Michael was also selected as a competing member on the Holderness Moot Court National Appellate Advocacy Team, and acted as Senior Staff Editor for the North Carolina Journal of International Law.  Michael’s achievements during law school include his receipt 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.  Prior to law school, Michael graduated cum laude from the George Washington University.

Michael resides in Apex with his wife, Amanda, and their daughter, Olivia.


Cases or matters referenced do not represent the lawyer’s entire record.  Each case is unique and must be evaluated on its own merits.  The outcome of a particular case cannot be predicated upon a lawyer’s or a law firm’s past results.

  • Awarded summary judgment in wage and hour collective and class action in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina.
  • Obtained dismissal of Title VII and Fourteenth Amendment action brought by police officer in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina.
  • Obtained dismissal of wrongful termination action brought by managerial employee in Wake County Superior Court.
  • Obtained favorable results at collective and class action certification stages in wage and hour actions in multiple federal district courts.
  • Awarded summary judgment in premises liability action in Wake County Superior Court.
  • Obtained dismissals before numerous administrative agencies in matters involving discrimination and retaliation, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the United States Department of Education Office for Civil Rights (OCR), and the North Carolina Human Relations Commission.


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