Michael T. Harren


Professional Experience:

Mike vigorously represents the interests of workers, as well as their unions and benefit funds. He has 35 years of experience in handling labor, employee benefits, and other employment law issues under ERISA, the Labor Management Relations Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, and various New York statutes. Mike’s representation takes many forms:

  • Advising union leadership on legal issues, including contract negotiation and enforcement, and representing clients before the NLRB, the Department of Labor, and PERB
  • Serving as counsel to multiemployer employee benefit plans
  • Representing unions, benefit plans and individual employees in litigation
  • Ensuring plan compliance with ERISA and the Internal Revenue Code
He serves as counsel to the Rochester & Genesee Valley Area Labor Federation, AFL-CIO. Between 1978 and 1998, he taught in the New York State School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University, Rochester Extension Office. He has been listed in Best Lawyers in America since 1989.



Mike is a 1971 graduate of LeMoyne College and a 1974 graduate of Georgetown University Law Center. He has been a partner at ChamberlainD’Amanda since 1979.

Professional and Civic Activities:

Mike is active in local, state, and national attorney organizations:

  • Monroe County Bar Association
    • Member of Board of Trustees, 2003 2005
    • President’s Commission on Access to Justice, past chair
    • Employment and Labor Law Committee, past chair
  • New York State Bar Association
    • House of Delegates, 2001-2003 and 2004-present
    • Labor and Employment Law Section (now serves on the Section’s Executive Committee), past chair
    • Frequent speaker at NYSBA
  • American Bar Association
    • Labor and Employment Law Section’s Employee Benefits Committee
  • AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee and the National Coordinating Committee for Multiemployer Plans
  • Monroe County Legal Assistance Corporation, past chair
  • Legal Assistance of Western New York

Mike is also active in the Rochester community, working with these organizations:

  • Legal Assistance of Western New York
    • Board of Directors
    • President 2010-2011
  • Monroe County Legal Assistance Corporation
    • Board of Directors 1987-1993
    • President 1993
  • Otetiana Council, Boy Scouts of America, formerly vice president and Exploring chair
  • John F. Wegman Fund of the Rochester Area Community Foundation, Board member and past president
  • Genesee Valley Civil Liberties Union, past chair
  • Wilson Alliance, founder


  • 1994--American Arbitration Association, Distinguished Service Award in Labor Arbitration
  • 2010--Rochester Labor Council Lifetime Achievement Award
  • 2011--United Way of Rochester-Labor Community Service Award
  • 2011--Coalition of Black Trade Unionists-Community Support Award
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America since 1989
  • 2013--named Best Lawyers 2013 Rochester, NY Employment Law-Individuals, "Lawyer of the Year"
  • Listed in Super Lawyers
  • Rated AV Preeminent by Martindale Hubbell



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Direct Line: (585) 295 4014

email: mharren@cdog.com



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