Michael Gogal became an attorney in 1996 to fight for the rights of the underdog. He began his legal career as a criminal defense attorney and quickly obtained a strong record of trial victories. He then used that litigation experience in employment and commercial litigations involving discrimination, retaliation and civil rights disputes. Michael now focuses on counseling individuals and small businesses in employment matters such as harassment, discrimination, retaliation, medical leaves and unlawful termination. He has vast experience negotiating employment agreements such as severance, confidentiality, non-disclosure, non-solicitation and non-compete agreements.
Prior to becoming Of Counsel to The Ottinger Firm, Michael worked for both large and small law firms representing both individuals and some of the largest corporations in the world. Michael has litigated in various Federal, State and administrative courts, and in other proceedings involving government agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Department of Labor (DOL) and Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) and various other Federal and State agencies. Michael has also successfully represented clients in mediations and arbitrations involving employment and commercial disputes.
In his spare time, Michael enjoys hiking with his family and traveling throughout the United States.
- New York
- New Jersey
- United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
- United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
- United States District Court for the Northern District of New York
- United States District Court for New Jersey
Michael earned his J.D. from Rutgers Law School in Newark, New Jersey. At Rutgers Law school, Michael earned a coveted selection to the Computer and Technology Law Journal and became Article Editor for the Journal in his final year of school He also served as a teaching assistant for the Appellate Advocacy class, competed in the Moot Court Competition and worked in the Animal Rights Clinic.
Michael earned his undergraduate B.S. degree from Rutgers College in New Brunswick, New Jersey, graduating with high honors. He majored in political sciences and also studied literature and film. During Michael’s final year at Rutgers College, he spent a semester living in Washington D.C. with students from across the U.S. at the Washington Center and gained invaluable experience that he has used throughout his legal career interning at District of Columbia Public Defender’s office as a legal researcher, trial assistant and part-time criminal investigator.
- North County San Diego Bar Association
- Barrister in the American Inns of Court, Fiorenzo V. Lopardo Chapter, Vista, California
- New York State Bar Association