Farhi, Michael

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Address: 190 Moore Street Suite 306, Hackensack, NJ 07601
Lawyer Firm: Kates Nussman Ellis Farhi & Earle, LLP
Phone: 201-488-7211
Fax: 201-488-1210
Website: https://www.katesnussman.com

Areas of Practice Employment Law — Employee, Employee Rights — Employee, Labor Law, Family Law, Domestic Violence, Divorce, Complex Litigation, Municipal & Traffic Court, Defamation Claims, Weapons Forfeiture Hearings


Michael Farhi is a partner of the firm specializing in accomodations for service animals, complex commercial litigation, employment law, family law, Municipal and Traffic Court Offenses, and school bullying. He received his undergraduate degree at Ramapo College and his law degree at Seton Hall University School of Law and has been in practice for over 35 years. He believes in aggressive but cost-effective representation.

He has been named one of New Jersey’s and Bergen County, New Jersey’s Top Rated Lawyers by Inside Jersey Magazine, 201 Magazine and Bergen Magazine. He is an avid blogger on many legal issues (see his blogs on the Home Page of this website).

He has served as Municipal Prosecutor in both Waldwick and Rochelle Park, Special Labor Counsel for Bergen County, the Borough of Bogota, the Township of Rochelle Park and the City of Hoboken. He is a member of the Bergen County Bar Association, New York State Bar Association, the American Association for Justice and the New Jersey Society of Human Rights Managers and is admitted to practice in:

The Superior Court of New JerseyMunicipal & Traffic Courts in New JerseyThe Appellate Courts of New JerseyThe Federal District Courts in New JerseyThe Supreme Courts in New YorkMunicipal & Traffic Courts in New YorkThe Appellate Courts of New YorkThe Southern and Eastern District Federal Courts of New York


In addition to having over 35 years’ experience assisting small to medium sized businesses, including startups, Mike has successfully both defended and prosecuted claims of discrimination (sex, sexual orientation, age, ancestry, race, national origin, nationality, marital status and physical or mental disability). He negotiates with unions, drafts severance, employment and non-compete agreements and handles wage and hour, overtime, unemployment and other administrative claims, including for restaurants. He writes personnel policies and advises his clients on employee relations. In addition, he advises other attorneys representing public entities in handling those issues.

Some of that experience has come from having represented Borough of Paramus Blue & White Collar employees, Township of Wayne Blue Collar employees and Leonia teachers, in addition to public entities, in labor-management matters. Other experience includes Mike’s numerous appearances before governmental agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights, the New York Division of Human Rights and the Divisions on Unemployment in both states.

To read more about Mike’s Employment Law experience click here.


In the fast paced and competitive world of business, hard work and collaboration is what leads to growth and success. But disputes will arise, with employees, competitors, customers, vendors, business partners and insurance companies. That can hurt business. A disgruntled employee, a contract that’s broken, a customer list that’s stolen, a non-compete agreement that’s ignored, can all cost money. When a problem can’t be solved between business people, Mike Farhi can help. He takes the time to understand your business and how to aggressively protect it. Over his 35 plus years, Mike has acquired the knowledge, experience and resources to explore options and devise strategies to resolve business disputes, in or out of court. Using that background and his recognized reputation in the legal community, he handles situations that have gone bad.

His advice is based on the details of the dispute, your resources, your time, your tolerance for risk and your personal goals. If necessary, he will pursue your case aggressively. However, if he can satisfactorily resolve the dispute quickly and cost-effectively through negotiations, mediation or arbitration, Mike will do so.

To read more about Mike’s Business Litigation experience click here.


In Family Law, Mike Farhi is known for his knowledge, experience, understanding and compassion in assisting clients and aggressiveness in fighting for their rights and those of their children, if necessary. He has appeared in Family Court in most New Jersey Counties, in New York and before the New Jersey Supreme Court on the question of cohabitation and spousal support. He handles all types of disputes between spouses and/or partners, including:

Contested and uncontested divorce, including same sex marriagesChild custody and visitationChild Support and Spousal SupportProperty division, including dividing complex assets and debtDomestic ViolenceProtection of ChildrenWeapons Forfeiture Hearings

To read more about Mike’s Family Law experience click here.


As a former Municipal Court Prosecutor, Mike Farhi is well equipped to provide experienced and aggressive representation to defend the following charges:

All Traffic OffensesDisorderly Conduct ChargesAssault & Battery ChargesShoplifting & Other Theft Charges

Getting a criminal record is a serious risk if you don’t have the right representation. It can hurt your job, your credit and your family. Whether you choose Mike Farhi or another experienced attorney, you should consult with someone before going to Court yourself.

To read more about Mike’s Municipal & Traffic Court experience click here.

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