Michael T. Hensley

Principal

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Michael T. Hensley
Michael T. Hensley

"I view our role as a seamless extension of the corporate counsel departments we serve, learning their business, providing neutral advice, and aggressive advocacy."

Michael T. Hensley’s litigation and trial experience is diverse and spans complex commercial, environmental, labor and employment, and professional malpractice matters.  Michael is retained by some of the largest companies in the world for their high stakes litigation, and routinely litigates the most complicated of cases in venues across the country.

Michael’s natural ability to present complex facts and concepts in an easily understandable way is cited by clients as to why he is consistently retained for major exposure litigation.  They respect not only his proven and successful record of aggressively trying many cases to verdict, but also his creativity in creating leverage for favorable settlements where appropriate. In addition to his reputation as a formidable litigator and lead trial attorney, Michael is also a known and respected appellate advocate who has successfully argued before multiple state Appellate Divisions and U.S. Courts of Appeal. 

The New Jersey Supreme Court appointed Michael to the New Jersey Board of Bar Examiners’ Committee on Character.  Michael is an active member of the New York State Bar Association’s Commercial and Federal Litigation section and the Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey.

  • Lead trial attorney for an international sugar company in complex commercial and employment matters in New York and New Jersey, including trying, to a successful verdict, a commercial arbitration hearing involving claims for breach of contract and business torts
  • Lead trial attorney for an international sugar company in FLSA collective action in Ohio
  • Lead trial attorney for an international diagnostics laboratory client in professional malpractice, employment and commercial matters in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.
  • Co-counsel for an international diagnostics laboratory client in nationwide data breach class action in New Jersey
  • Lead trial attorney for major website in a 1st Amendment issue of first impression in New York and New Jersey, winning dismissal of lawsuits seeking to compel disclosure of anonymous posters
  • Lead trial attorney winning the dismissal of a $300 million fraud case against a firm client venued in New York City involving the Las Vegas monorail
  • Lead trial attorney for pharmaceutical company in complex commercial litigation across the country
  • Lead trial attorney for international telecommunications company in complex commercial matters in New York and New Jersey
  • Lead trial attorney for product manufacturer, a public company, winning injunctive relief in preventing forced transfer of shares to shareholder
  • Lead trial attorney for an international energy company in environmental and commercial matters across the country, including Colorado, Florida, Louisiana, South Carolina, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Wyoming, Missouri and New Jersey
  • Lead trial attorney for an international chemical company in environmental and commercial matters in New York and New Jersey
  • Lead trial attorney for an international packaging company in environmental and commercial matters in New York and New Jersey
  • Lead trial attorney and regional counsel for a banking client in complex commercial litigation in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania
  • Lead trial counsel for various law firms and attorneys in professional malpractice matters in New York
  • Obtained a complete reversal and remand on appeal to the Pennsylvania Superior Court in a restrictive covenant matter for a corporate client

Michael’s reported decisions include:

  • Lewis v. American Sugar Refining, Inc., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 108842 (S.D.N.Y July 11, 2017) (Employment Discrimination and Retaliation)
  • Cantine Riondo USA, Inc. v. Charles Massie LLC, N.J. Super. Unpub. LEXIS 128 (Law Division January 20, 2017) (Attorney Client Privilege; Conflicts)
  • Wolverine Flagship Fund Trading Limited v. American Oriental Bioengineering, Inc., 444 N.J. Super. 530 (App. Div. 2016) (cert. denied) (Securities Fraud)
  • Ironridge Global IV, Ltd. v. ScripsAmerica, Inc., 2015 N.J. Super. LEXIS 2954 (Law Division November 13, 2015) (Securities Fraud) (Comity)
  • Franklin v. Financial Freedom Acquisition, LLC, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 44308 (D.N.J. April 1, 2014) (Banking Litigation)
  • Alliance Network, LLC v. Sidley Austin, LLP, 43 Misc. 3d 848; 987 N.Y.S.2d 794 (Sup Ct, NY County 2014) (NY Judiciary Law § 587; Civil conspiracy; Personal Jurisdiction)
  • Mateen v. American President Lines, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 107549 (D.N.J. July 31, 2013) (Employment Discrimination)
  • International Paper Company v. Rexam, Inc., 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 84615 (D.N.J. June 17, 2013) (Contract; Extrinsic Evidence; Environmental Litigation)
  • EPEC Polymers, Inc. v. NL Industries, Inc., 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 74642 (D.N.J. May 28, 2013) (Environmental Litigation; CERCLA)
  • United States of America v. Struble, 2012 U.S. App. LEXIS 15426 (3rd Cir. July 26, 2012) (Enforcement of Settlement Agreement; Federal Tax Liens)
  • Duvall Contracting LLC v. New Jersey Building Laborers’ District Council, 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 144915 (D.N.J. December 16, 2011) (Labor Relations; Labor Arbitration)
  • IBEW Local Union No. 102 v. Star-Lo Electric, Inc., 2011 U.S. App. LEXIS 19092 (3rd Cir. September 15, 2011) (Labor Agreement; Parol Evidence)
  • White v. Kolinsky, 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 54746 (D.N.J. May 18, 2011) (Securities Fraud)
  • Stevens v. Welch, 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 12142 (D.N.J. February 7, 2011) (Personal Jurisdiction)
  • White v. Kolinsky, 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 143096 (D.N.J. December 16, 2010) (Sham Affidavit Doctrine)
  • Interactive Telecommunications Services, Inc. v. Mil-Comm Products, Inc., 2009 WL 2601621 (N.J.Super.A.D. August 26, 2009) (Wrongful Discharge; Wage & Hour)
  • Napp Technologies, LLC v. Kiel Laboratories, Inc., 2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 100734 (D.N.J. December 12, 2008) (Breach of Contract)
  • Baker v. J.J. DeLuca Company, Inc., 2008 WL 4648235 (N.J.Super.A.D. October 10, 2008) (Construction Negligence; Statute of Limitations)
  • Vanalt Elec. Constr., Inc. v. Selco Mfg. Corp., 2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 546 (E.D.P.A. January 4, 2008) (Award of Prejudgment Interest)
  • Vanalt Elec. Constr., Inc. v. Selco Mfg. Corp., 233 Fed. Appx. 105; 2007 U.S. App. LEXIS 10881 (3rd Cir. May 8, 2007) (Breach of Warranty)
  • Vanalt Elec. Constr., Inc. v. Selco Mfg. Corp., 2005 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 33151 (E.D.P.A. December 15, 2005) (Amendment of Judgment)
  • Recognized in New Jersey Super Lawyers, 2017
  • Recognized on the New Jersey Super Lawyers "Rising Stars" List, 2011-2016
  • Recognized on the New York Metro Super Lawyers "Rising Stars" List, 2012-2016