Michael R. Pacewicz


Office: Tulsa
Email: michael.pacewicz@crowedunlevy.com

Phone: 918.592.9847
Fax: 918.599.6309
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Michael Pacewicz is a shareholder/director based in Crowe & Dunlevy's Tulsa office. As a member of the firm's Labor & Employment and Litigation & Trial Practice Groups, Michael has represented many business entities, ranging from sole proprietorships to Fortune 500 companies. Michael has experience in the areas of employee benefits, wrongful termination, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family Medical Leave Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, race and gender discrimination, non-compete agreements and other labor and employment issues. He is also a member of the Bankruptcy & Creditor's Rights, Construction and Real Estate Practice Groups, where he handles complex commercial litigation, bankruptcy, securities litigation, construction law, telecommunications law, products liability, insurance defense and landlord-tenant disputes. He has been listed in the Best Lawyers in America publication in the practice areas of Employment Law - Management and Litigation - Bankruptcy since 2011.* He is also a graduate of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy.

Michael has served as an adjunct settlement judge for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma. He has experience before state and tribal courts in Oklahoma and federal courts in Oklahoma, Texas, Pennsylvania and New York, as well as federal appellate courts. In addition, he is a regular speaker at seminars and continuing legal education programs.

Michael received his undergraduate degree cum laude from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma and has served on the university’s Alumni Association Board of Directors. He graduated from The University of Tulsa College of Law with Highest Honors. Following graduation he served as law clerk to The Honorable Terrence L. Michael, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the Northern District of Oklahoma. He has published articles in the Tulsa Law Review, the Oklahoma Law Review and the Oklahoma Bar Journal. He has also contributed Business Viewpoint columns to The Tulsa World.

Michael is admitted to practice before all Oklahoma state courts, the U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Eastern and Western Districts of Oklahoma, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court. Michael is also licensed to practice in Arkansas and Arizona. He is a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association, the American Bar Association, where he is a member of the Litigation and Labor and Employment Sections, and the Tulsa County Bar Association.

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Professional Experience

  • United States Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Oklahoma, Clerk to The Hon. Terrence L. Michael
  • United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma, Adjunct Settlement Judge

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Oklahoma Bar Association
  • Tulsa County Bar Association
  • Osage Nation Bar Association
  • Greater Tulsa Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Society for Human Resource Management

Honors & Awards

  • University of Tulsa College of Law Board of Advocates Judge of the Year, 2014-15
  • Tulsa County Bar Association Pro Bono Legal Service Award, 2016
  • The Best Lawyers in America in Employment Law – Management, Litigation – Bankruptcy (2011 - Present)

Published Works

Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, "State and Local Government Law: A Look at Hot Topics and Current Issues," National Business Institute Seminar, March 22, 2012, Oklahoma City, OK
  • Speaker, "FMLA Best Practices: Where the Rubber Meets the Road," The Road Map to Employment Law Issues, April 17, 2014, Tishomingo, OK
  • Speaker, "Drilling a Dry Hole: How to Effectively Deal With Unproductive and Problematic Employees," 2014 Oklahoma HR State Conference & Expo, May 9, 2014, Tulsa, OK
  • Speaker, "Wage and Hour Mistakes: You Get No “Mulligans” Under the FLSA," 2014 Crowe & Dunlevy Labor & Employment Seminar, September 30, 2014, Tulsa, OK
  • Speaker, "FMLA Best Practices," McAlester Labor & Employment Seminar, October 21, 2014, McAlester, OK
  • Speaker, "Family and Medical Leave Act," Ponca City Area SHRM Monthly Meeting, January 14, 2015, Ponca City, OK
  • Speaker, "Unemployment Insurance Law Changes," Oklahoma Bar Association Webinar, March 25, 2015
  • Speaker, "Dangerous Intersection: The FMLA Meets the ADAAA," Southeast Oklahoma Labor & Employment Roadshow, May 14, 2015, Tishomingo, OK
  • Speaker, "Essential HR Strategies for Controlling Unemployment Insurance Costs," National Business Institute Seminar, June 10, 2015, Oklahoma City, OK
  • Speaker, "Hiring and Firing" and "LGBT Discrimination in the Workplace," Hugo Labor & Employment Seminar, July 16, 2015, Hugo, OK
  • Speaker, "You're in the Hot Seat—How to Give a Deposition That Won't Sink Your Case," 2016 Oklahoma Human Resources State Conference and Expo, April 2016, Tulsa, OK
  • Speaker, "Retaliation—Employment Law's 800-Pound Gorilla," Southeast Oklahoma Labor & Employment Roadshow, April 12, 2016, Tishomingo, OK
  • Speaker, Arbuckle Area SHRM Monthly Meeting, July, 21, 2016, Ardmore, OK
  • Speaker, Okmulgee Chamber of Commerce Lunch and Learn, September 22, 2016, Okmulgee, OK
  • Speaker, ”Employment Law: 2016 Comprehensive Guide,” National Business Institute Seminar, September 21, 2016, Oklahoma City, OK
  • Speaker, "FMLA Essentials," Annual Muskogee Area SHRM Law Seminar, October 14, 2016, Muskogee, OK
  • Speaker, "Navigating FMLA, ADA & Workers’ Compensation Leaves," Tulsa Area Human Resources Association, November 3, 2016, Tulsa, OK
  • Speaker, "HR Survival: The Latest Legal Developments," Crowe & Dunlevy, November 18, 2016, Hugo, OK
  • Speaker, "Employee Evaluations: The Chore Everyone Loves to Hate," McAlester Employer Council, September 12, 2017, McAlester, OK
  • Speaker, "Hot Topics in Employment Law: What’s Happening So Far in 2017," Crowe & Dunlevy Hugo Seminar, September 15, 2017, Hugo, OK
  • Speaker, "Human Resource Law: What You Need to Know Now," National Business Institute Seminar, December 6, 2017, Tulsa, OK
  • Speaker, "Employment Law 2018: A Look Ahead," Enid SHRM Chapter Monthly Meeting, February 8, 2018, Enid, OK
  • Speaker, "Sexual Harassment Prevention in the Workplace," Ponca City Society for Human Resource Management Meeting , March 14, 2018, Ponca City, OK 

Pro Bono

  • Volunteer, Tulsa County Court Assistance Project

Community Service

  • Chairman, Tulsa Chamber of Commerce OneVoice Labor & HR Task Force
  • The Greater Tulsa Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • The Simon Estes Educational Foundation
  • Board of Directors, Northeastern State University Alumni Association
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