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Michael Diederich Jr.

Michael Diederich Jr.

Diederich Law Office
  • Appeals & Appellate, Civil Rights, Employment Law ...
  • Massachusetts, New York
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Biography

The Diederich Law Office focuses on helping victims of illegality and bias in employment and civil rights cases, particularly wrongful termination and job discrimination cases, and negotiating severance packages. Cases include wrongful discrimination based upon age, gender / sex, national origin, race, pregnancy or disability.
I also served as a "citizen soldier" (US Army reservist), with tours of duty in the combat zones of Iraq (2004-05) and Afghanistan (2012), as an Army lawyer. I retired in the rank of lieutenant colonel.
We handle cases from Long Island, through New York City and into the Hudson Valley up to Albany and Western Massachusetts.
In 2020, Mike Diederich recovered the largest jury verdict in a civil rights case in the Northeastern United States, as reported in the New York Law Journal. See, Anderson v. Osborn et al. (SDNY).

Practice Areas
    Appeals & Appellate
    Civil Appeals, Federal Appeals
    Civil Rights
    Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Discrimination, Employment, Fair Housing, Police Misconduct, Privacy Law
    Employment Law
    Employee Benefits, Employment Contracts, Employment Discrimination, ERISA, Overtime & Unpaid Wages, Sexual Harassment, Whistleblower, Wrongful Termination
    Environmental Law
    Gov & Administrative Law
    Administrative Law, Election Law, Government Contracts, Government Finance, Legislative & Government Affairs
    Medical Malpractice
    Birth Injury, Medical Misdiagnosis, Pharmacy Errors, Surgical Errors
Additional Practice Area
  • Constitutional Law
Fees
  • Free Consultation
    Free telephone consultation.
  • Contingent Fees
    I often handle an individual's case on a contingency fee basis, sometimes with a partial fee.
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    Prior results do not guarantee future success. Each case stands on its own merits. I enjoy representing victims of wrongdoing or bias.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Massachusetts
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New York
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2nd Circuit
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U.S. Supreme Court
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US Army Court of Military Appeals
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Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Attorney
Diederich Law Office
Current
Diederich Law Office
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The Diederich Law Office handles employment law and civil rights matters for individuals. In February 2020, Attorney Mike Diederich recovered a $650,000 jury verdict for his client. This was the highest civil rights verdict recovered in the Northeastern United States in 2020, as reported by the NY Law Journal.
Diederich Law Office
Current
The Diederich Law Office handles employment law and civil rights matters for individuals. In February 2020, Attorney Mike Diederich recovered a $650,000 jury verdict for his client. This was the highest civil rights verdict recovered in the Northeastern United States in 2020, as reported by the NY Law Journal.
Principal Attorney
Diederich Law Office
- Current
Except during periods of active governmental service (e.g., 1 year duty as US Army Lawyer in Iraq), I have focused on representing individuals in employment, civil rights and environmental cases. I have also been active in public interest and taxpayer litigation, and influenced the US Supreme Court in environmental/constitutional law. My private practice focuses on employment discrimination and civil rights.
Education
Lewis & Clark Law School
J.D.
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University of Vermont
B.S. | Environmental Science
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Pace Law School
LL.M. | Master of Laws
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US Army Command and General Staff College
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US Army Judge Advocate General's School
Army JAG School-- basic and advanced schools
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Awards
Bronze Star Medal
US Army
Bronze Star Medal -- awarded for military service as an Army "JAG" lawyer in Kandahar, Afghanistan.
Professional Associations
National Employment Lawyers Association
Member
Current
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NY State Bar Association
Civil Rights Committe -- appointed member
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Rockland County Bar Association
Current
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Orange County (NY) Bar Association
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Websites & Blogs
Website
Legal Answers
19 Questions Answered
Q. Hello. My husband received last warning from manager, and was told that after that he will be fired. We believe that
A: You do not state the reason for the warning. If it was poor performance, that is a basis for job termination. Overtime is (presumably) a separate issue here. Is your husband an hourly or salaried employee? If properly classified as an hourly employee, then he has certain rights (including the right to be paid a "time and a half" rate for all overtime work). If he believes illegality may be afoot, or that he faces potential job termination, he should consult with a competent employment lawyer (many of whom will offer a free telephone consultation) so that he can possibly avoid being fired and, if needed, protect his legal rights.
Q. Can i be fired after 10yrs working for insurance company, even tho I disclosed felony in app and when questioned by HR
A: Seems you are saying that you have been, or may be, fired for the old felony conviction. Do you think bias may be involved as well? Is your employment in NYC? A useful site is: https://www.justicecenter.ny.gov/nyc-fair-chance-act-ban-box . If you are fired, you should discuss with an employment lawyer (such as Mr. Urba, or from the NELA referral service, or me). Mike D
Q. I need a lawyer to represent me for unemployment,and sexual harassment and workplace violence.
A: You should speak with an employment lawyer. Some employment lawyers, such as my office, provide a free telephone consultation. Unlawful employment discrimination or reprisal often directly relates to an unemployment insurance claim.
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Contact & Map
Diederich Law Office
361 Route 210
Stony Point, NY 10980
Telephone: (845) 942-0795
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