J. Michael (Mike) King
Top Rated Employment Litigation Attorney in Washington, DC
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J. Michael "Mike" King is a licensed attorney with over ten years of experience in the private, public, and non-governmental sectors. With a background in employment law and civil rights, international law and international arbitration, and environmental and energy law, and a deep passion for rule of law and justice, Mike brings a unique perspective to litigation and advisory services as a Counsel at the Law Offices of Peter C. Hansen, LLC.
Mike specializes in employment law and employment litigation in the District of Columbia. He represents employees in all stages of litigation and in alternative dispute resolution including mediation, conciliation, and informal settlement negotiations. Mike handles disputes involving a wide range of issues including harassment, discrimination, hostile work environment, retaliation, whistleblowing, wrongful termination, wrongful discharge, removal, suspension, redundancy, non-selection for position or promotion, demotion, reassignment, wage and hour, workplace safety, performance reviews, reasonable accommodations, disability determinations, worker’s compensation, employee benefits, and severance agreements. He also represents employees in internal investigations involving allegations of misconduct.
Mike represents staff at international organizations—including the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, African Development Bank, and United Nations organs—in international civil service employment disputes at the administrative review, grievance, appeal, and arbitration stages. He also represents locally-engaged staff of embassies, consulates, and other foreign missions in employment-related claims. Mike advises federal government employees in EEO complaints, adverse actions, administrative grievances, ethics complaints, and matters involving the EEOC, Merit Systems Protection Board, Office of Special Counsel, and Offices of Inspector General. He also represents employees of the Government of the District of Columbia, private businesses, and non-profits.
At the federal and local courts in D.C., Mike has experience litigating a diverse range of civil matters, including employment disputes, contracts claims, and torts.
On the advisory side, Mike counsels businesses on their international investment projects and business ventures, including project structuring, partnerships, financing, risk analysis, due diligence, and dispute resolution, with a particular focus on U.S. investments in frontier and emerging markets. He also provides training for government officials and civil servants on the legal aspects of infrastructure projects and public-private partnerships. Mike also advises international arbitration and dispute resolution institutions on various institutional matters, including governance, policy reform, and public relations.
Prior to joining the Law Offices in 2012, Mike served as a Consultant (2009-2010) and Legal Counsel for Institutional Matters (2010-2012) at the World Bank Group's International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). He advised ICSID's Secretary-General and senior management on institutional matters including governance, policy, public relations, document management, annual meetings, conferences, and publications. He also served as Staff Editor (2009), Managing Editor (2010-2011), and Associate Editor (2012) of ICSID's scholarly journal, the ICSID Review Foreign Investment Law Journal.
In his free time, Mike enjoys hiking with his wife and two dogs, volunteering, and playing drums and percussion in several bands made up of lawyers who rock for charitable causes.
About J. Michael (Mike) King
First Admitted: 2009, Colorado
Professional Webpage: https://www.peterhansenlaw.com/profiles/j-michael-king/
Pro bono/Community Service
- Family Advisory Board, Concussion Legacy Foundation
- Volunteer, Arlington National Cemetary Truck Crew, Wreaths Across America
- Volunteer Instructor, Constitution in the Classroom, American Constitution Society
- Organizing Fellow, Organizing for America, 2012
- Member, DC Bar Association
- Member, Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association
- Member, National Employment Lawyers Association
- Member, Washington Foreign Law Society
- U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
- Law License, District of Columbia, 2016
- Law License, Colorado (inactive), 2009
- JD, University of Denver Sturm College of Law, 2007
- BA, Duke University, 2004
- Conference, Moderator, Growth Projections of the African Smart Market and the Role of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (Africa Legal Conference 2019: Globalization in 21st Century Africa), American University Washington College of Law, 2019
- Conference, Moderator, Advancements in Environmental Justice and Development in Urban Areas (Africa Legal Conference: Transformations in Environmental Justice, Urbanization, and Business and Social Responsibility), American University Washington College of Law, 2018
- Case Report, Author, IACL Case Report: Transglobal Green Energy, LLC and Transglobal Green Panama, S.A. v. Republic of Panama, ICSID Case No. ARB/13/28, Award (June 2, 2016), Transnational Dispute Management, 2016
- Conference, Panelist, The Role of the East African Rift Countries in the Development and Reform of International Investment Agreements and Investor-State Dispute Settlement (AAIL Annual Conference: International Economic Law and Development in Africa: Challenges and Opportunit, African Association of International Law, 2015
- Article, Author, ICSID on Pace for a Record Year in 2015, with Several Noteworthy Trends, Firsts and Rarities, LinkedIn Pulse, 2015
- Seminar, Lecturer, Environmental Aspects of Energy Projects (Corporate Social Responsibility Strategies for Public and Private Enterprises), Institute for Public-Private Partnerships, 2015
- Seminar, Lecturer, Restructuring and Lessons Learned in Failed Agreements (with Peter C. Hansen) (Tanzania Public-Private Partnership Certification), Institute for Public-Private Partnerships, 2015
- Honoree, Clients' Choice Award, Avvo, 2021
- Honoree, Clients' Choice Award, Avvo, 2020
- Honoree, Washington, DC Rising Stars List, Super Lawyers, 2019
- Honoree, Clients' Choice Award, Avvo, 2019
- T.T. v. International Monetary Fund, Judgment No. 2022-1, International Monetary Fund Administrative Tribunal (June 30, 2022), https://www.imf.org/external/imfat/pdf/j2022_1.pdf (rescinding decision to place employee on administrative leave with pay, awarding compensation for the employer's abuse of discretion, and awarding vast majority of attorney's fees and costs), 2022
- R.R. v. International Monetary Fund, Judgment No. 2021-2, International Monetary Fund Administrative Tribunal (Dec. 24, 2021), https://www.imf.org/external/imfat/pdf/j2021_2.pdf (rescinding decision not to convert position from fixed-term to open-ended, awarding compensation for procedural violations in non-selection decision, and awarding full attorney's fees and costs), 2021
- Successfully appealed denial of disability insurance benefits for federal employee injured on the job, 2021
- Won favorable judgment at DC Court of Appeals successfully defending individuals against defamation suit, 2020
- Won request for administrative review of performance management decision for World Bank Group employee, requiring upward revision of performance evaluation, 2020
- Won two-week civil trial in DC Superior Court successfully defending individual wrongly accused of sexual assault, won sanctions against plaintiff for tampering with witnesses and documents, and secured award of nearly full legal fees due to plaintiff's constant abuses of the Court's process, 2018
- Won dismissal of civil suit in DC Superior Court defending individuals against defamation allegations, 2018
- Successfully defended World Bank Group employee against allegations of misconduct, 2017
- N.N. v. International Monetary Fund, Judgment No. 2017-2, International Monetary Fund Administrative Tribunal (Dec. 11, 2017), http://www.imf.org/external/imfat/pdf/j2017_2.pdf (awarding compensation and attorney's fees for procedural violations during hiring process), 2017
- D.O. (No. 2) v. International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Decision No. 566, World Bank Administrative Tribunal (Oct. 25, 2017), https://tribunal.worldbank.org/sites/tribunal.worldbank.org/files/Judgments%20and%20Orders/DO%20%28No.%202%29%20v.%20IBRD%20566.pdf (dismissing claims, but criticizing Bank's "lack of transparency" and inconsistent investigative practices, calling on Bank to "provide clear policies and guidelines" on one-party consent recordings, and awarding portion of attorney's fees), 2017
- Secured short-term disability benefits, and later, long-term disability benefits, for World Bank Group employee, 2017
- Won request for administrative review of performance management decision for World Bank Group employee, requiring upward revision of performance evaluation and rating, 2017
- D.O. v. International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Decision No. 546, World Bank Administrative Tribunal (Nov. 4, 2016), https://tribunal.worldbank.org/sites/tribunal.worldbank.org/files/Judgments%20and%20Orders/DO%20v.%20IBRD%20546.pdf (rescinding non-selection decision, and awarding compensation and attorney’s fees for racial discrimination in promotion decision), 2016
- D.I. v. International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Decision No. 533, World Bank Administrative Tribunal (Apr. 8, 2016), https://tribunal.worldbank.org/sites/tribunal.worldbank.org/files/Judgments%20and%20Orders/DI%20v.%20IBRD533.pdf (awarding compensation and attorney’s fees for procedural violations during redundancy process), 2016
- C.T. v. International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Decision No. 512, World Bank Administrative Tribunal (May 29, 2015), https://tribunal.worldbank.org/sites/tribunal.worldbank.org/files/Judgments%20and%20Orders/CT%20v.%20IBRD.pdf (rescinding termination decision, granting reinstatement and awarding attorney’s fees for disproportionate sanction following misconduct investigation), 2015
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Last Updated: 9/14/2022