Michael E. Abram joined the firm in 1973, became a partner in 1978, and became Senior Counsel to the firm in 2018.
Mr. Abram focuses on representation of unions, primarily in the airline industry. His practice includes litigation before federal and state courts (including the United States Supreme Court) and representation of unions before arbitration boards and federal government agencies. Mr. Abram also has extensive experience in collective bargaining, union organizing, strategic planning, union governance, and counseling for union officials and governing bodies.
Prior to joining Cohen, Weiss and Simon, Mr. Abram served as an attorney with the appellate court branch of the National Labor Relations Board in Washington.
Mr. Abram served three years as co-chair of the Railway and Airline Labor Law Committee of the American Bar Association (ABA) and is a fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and of the American Bar Foundation. Mr. Abram was named as a Super Lawyer for Employment and Labor Law on the New York Metro 2006-2018 Annual Lists of Super Lawyers magazine.
Mr. Abram has also authored articles on protecting union interests in employer bankruptcies and on collective bargaining among graduate students, and was a senior editor of the ABA treatise The Railway Labor Act.
Mr. Abram is a 1966 graduate magna cum laude from Harvard College, and received his law degree in 1971 from Harvard Law School, where he was a member of the board of editors of the Harvard Civil Rights – Civil Liberties Law Review.