Michael Poreda is an experienced civil litigator who focuses on civil rights in the education, employment, and law enforcement sectors.  He began his career serving three years as a judicial law clerk in the state and federal courts where he got broad-based experience in many areas of civil litigation.  He also worked at insurance defense firms and in the employment department of one of the largest law firms in New Jersey, where he represented schools, police departments, not-for-profits, and businesses.   He has extensive experience litigating high-value sexual harassment, discrimination, whistleblower, and other civil rights cases.

Mr. Poreda has expertise in school bullying. His interest in education law goes back to his experience as a high school history teacher at Watchung Hills Regional High School.  At Seton Hall Law School, he helped found the Urban Education Law and Policy Initiative, for which he did research on school segregation and autism services.  He wrote about school vaccination policy for his Seton Hall Law Review article. On behalf of the Law and Education Committee of the New York City Bar Association, Michael co-authored an amicus brief in the Supreme Court case Fisher v. University of Texas. 

A Somerset County native, Mr. Poreda was the valedictorian of his class at Somerville High School.  He is currently a trustee of the LGBT Rights Section of the New Jersey Bar Association and an inaugural appointee to the Somerset County LGBT Advisory Board.


Mr. Poreda is conversant in French.

Practice Areas: 

  • Education Law

    • Special Education

    • Bullying and Discrimination

    • Free Speech

    • Discipline

    • Grade Retention

  • Employment Law

    • Sexual Harassment

    • Discrimination (Age, Race, Gender, Disability, Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity) 

    • Whistleblower

    • Wage and Hour

    • Wrongful Termination

  • Civil Rights

    • Police Misconduct

    • Prisoners’ Rights

    • Free Speech

  • Personal Injury

  • Commercial Litigation

  • Consumer Rights


Bar Admissions:
  • New Jersey

  • New York

  • United States District Court for the District of New Jersey

  • United States District Court for the Southern District of New York

  • Seton Hall Law School, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, 2010

  • Teachers College – Columbia University, 2005

  • Rutgers University – New Brunswick, summa cum laude, 2003


  • Hon. Hector R. Velazquez, Superior Court of New Jersey – Hudson County, Civil Part (2010-2011)

  • Hon. William J. Martini, U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey (2013-2015)

  • Reforming New Jersey’s Vaccination Policy, 41 Seton Hall L. Rev. 765 (2011)

  • A Dream Deferred, The National Jurist, Nov. 2011, at 20

  • Will Campus Diversity Survive Another Year? 210 N.J.L.J. 573 (2012) 

  • Perspectives on Fisher v. University of Texas, 2013 B.Y.U. Educ. & L.J. 319 (2013)

  • Can a Franchisor Be Deemed the Employer of a Franchisee’s Employee? The N.J. Lawyer, Feb. 2016, at 57 (with Robert C. Brady and Philip Lamparello)

  • Gloucester County School Board v. Grimm: Transgender Student Rights Reach the Supreme Court, 41 Dictum 5 (March 2017)

  • Students and Social Media: A Guide to Anti-Bullying and First Amendment Obligations, The N.J. Lawyer, Apr. 2019, at 80.