Joseph X. Michaels

Joseph X. Michaels

Ann Arbor, Michigan

Mr. Michaels joined Nacht Law in 2014 following his graduation from the University of Michigan Law School. At Michigan, Mr. Michaels received his J.D. Magna Cum Laude, served as Contributing Editor of The Michigan Law Review, and received the ABA/BNA Award for Excellence in the Study of Labor Law. During law school, he clerked for the UAW legal department in Detroit, interned for Member Sharon Block of the National Labor Relations Board in Washington, D.C., and clerked for the law firm of Sachs Waldman, P.C. in Detroit. He practices primarily in the areas of labor, employment, and civil rights law.

Prior to law school, Mr. Michaels worked as a Statewide Organizer for the Civil Service Employees Association, AFSCME Local 1000, in New York State, after completing an internship in the Strategic Research and Corporate Affairs department at AFSCME, International in Washington D.C.

Born and raised in Lansing to a four-generation union family, his passion and commitment to the rights of working men and women run deep. Mr. Michaels began his education at Lansing Community College, and later transferred to Wayne State University in Detroit. At Wayne State, he earned his B.A., cum laude, in labor studies and economics, worked at the University's Labor Studies Center, and completed his Organizing Institute Apprenticeship with the AFL-CIO.

Mr. Michaels is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, and is admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.

Areas of Practice

  • Employment Law

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan, 2014
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan, 2015
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Michigan, 2015

Honors and Awards

  • Michigan Super Lawyers Rising Stars; Employment Litigation, Plaintiff, 2017 - 2018
  • Super Lawyers
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Distinguished TM AV - LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell PeerReview Rated For Ethical Standards And Legal Ability
  • Member|Employment Lawyer Network