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Mr. Starr

Michael Starr

Partner, Holland & Knight LLP

Michael Starr is a partner in the New York office of Holland & Knight LLP, where he leads the firm's Labor & Employment Hospitality group.  Having practiced for more than 35 years, he is a fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and is listed in Chambers USA: Best Lawyers in America, among other major rating agencies, and in 2016 received the Global Award for Labor-Management Relations from Corporate LiveWire.

Mr. Starr represents major hospitality and other companies nationwide in complex litigation related primarily to labor relations and employment, often handling cutting-edge legal issues of substantial client significance.  His practice encompasses federal labor law, non-competition and employee disloyalty, trade-secret misappropriation, employment discrimination and wage-hour law, as well as senior executive employment.

Mr. Starr appears regularly before federal and state courts for both trials and appeals, and he represents management before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and in other agency proceedings. He also advises clients on preventive labor and employee relations practices.

Mr. Starr is frequently published and speaks professionally on the full range of employment and labor law issues. He was for 20 years a regular employment law columnist for The National Law Journal and was an editor of the Yale Law Journal.

His extensive community and professional activities include being a member of the Pro Bono Panel for civil appeals of the U.S. Court for the Second Circuit, a court-appointed mediator for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York and a member of the Eastern District's Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Advisory Council. He was also a founding board member of the Court Appointment Special Advocates (CASA), a board member of the Lawyers Alliance for New York, and a member of the Human Resources Committee for the New York City Partnership and Chamber of Commerce.

Mr. Starr can be contacted at 212-513-3506 or Michael.Starr@hklaw.com

Coming up in May 2019...

Eco-Friendly Practices: Corporate Social Responsibility

The hotel industry has undertaken a long-term effort to build more responsible and socially conscious businesses. What began with small efforts to reduce waste - such as paperless checkouts and refillable soap dispensers - has evolved into an international movement toward implementing sustainable development practices. In addition to establishing themselves as good corporate citizens, adopting eco-friendly practices is sound business for hotels. According to a recent report from Deloitte, 95% of business travelers believe the hotel industry should be undertaking “green” initiatives, and Millennials are twice as likely to support brands with strong management of environmental and social issues. Given these conclusions, hotels are continuing to innovate in the areas of environmental sustainability. For example, one leading hotel chain has designed special elevators that collect kinetic energy from the moving lift and in the process, they have reduced their energy consumption by 50%  over conventional elevators. Also, they installed an advanced air conditioning system which employs a magnetic mechanical system that makes them more energy efficient. Other hotels are installing Intelligent Building Systems which monitor and control temperatures in rooms, common areas and swimming pools, as well as ventilation and cold water systems. Some hotels are installing Electric Vehicle charging stations, planting rooftop gardens, implementing stringent recycling programs, and insisting on the use of biodegradable materials. Another trend is the creation of Green Teams within a hotel's operation that are tasked to implement earth-friendly practices and manage budgets for green projects. Some hotels have even gone so far as to curtail or eliminate room service, believing that keeping the kitchen open 24/7 isn't terribly sustainable. The May issue of the Hotel Business Review will document what some hotels are doing to integrate sustainable practices into their operations and how they are benefiting from them.