Michael A. Curley


  • Michael A. Curley
  • Phone: +1 212 692 1063

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  • Duane Morris LLP
    1540 Broadway
    New York, NY 10036-4086
  • Duane Morris LLP
    30 South 17th Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19103-4196

Michael A. Curley brings more than 30 years of experience in advising clients throughout the country and around the world with regard to labor and employment law matters. In those years he has litigated numerous high-profile cases before the National Labor Relations Board, at FINRA, in various arbitration forums and in state and federal courts located throughout the country. Mr. Curley's practice is truly a national one.

Mr. Curley has broad experience in all aspects of labor and employment law, with extensive experience in the following areas: employment discrimination law, including Title VII, the ADEA, the ADA, and the various state and local laws addressing employment discrimination and harassment; traditional labor law, including collective bargaining, administration of collective bargaining agreements, grievance and arbitration, and proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board; wage and hour; restructurings and layoffs, including WARN; wrongful discharge; breach of contract matters; the Family and Medical Leave Act; manager and employee training; litigation avoidance; executive compensation; and counseling with regard to all of these areas. Mr. Curley also has extensive experience handling restrictive covenant and noncompete matters, including counseling clients and drafting agreements in this highly charged area of the law, as well as litigating numerous cases involving demands for injunctive relief in the form of temporary restraining orders and preliminary injunctions.

Mr. Curley has decades of experience in the entertainment, financial services, trucking and airline industries. He has served as lead counsel in numerous high-profile litigation matters in those industries, and has also been lead counsel in numerous collective bargaining negotiations and NLRB proceedings. Mr. Curley also has considerable experience in the representation of foreign companies doing business in the United States, having served for many years as outside U.S. labor and employment counsel for companies headquartered in Japan, the United Kingdom and Germany.

Mr. Curley is a 1983 graduate of Villanova University School of Law, where he was a member of the Villanova Law Review and elected to the Order of the Coif. He graduated from Drexel University with a B. S. in Accounting in 1980, and was a four-year varsity basketball player there.


  • New York
  • Pennsylvania


  • Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law, J.D., 1983
    - Villanova Law Review
    - Order of the Coif
  • Drexel University, B.A., 1980


  • Duane Morris LLP
    - Partner, 2022-present
  • Curley, Hurtgen & Johnsrud LLP
    - Managing Partner, 2009-2022
  • Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
    - Partner, 2002-2009
  • O'Melveny & Myers LLP
    - Partner, 1990-2002
    - Associate, 1983-1990

Professional Activities

  • American Bar Association
    - Labor Section
    -- NLRA Practice and Procedure Committee
  • New York State Bar
    - Labor Section

Honors and Awards

  • Listed in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, 2003-present

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America

  • Listed in PLC Which Lawyers

  • Listed in New York Super Lawyers

  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®