Assistant Professor of Business Law and Pre-Law Advisor
Doctor of Law (JD), Columbia University School of Law
Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bucknell University
Office: Aquinas Hall 100-A11
Office Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2:15-4:00 pm (Make an appointment)
BUS 2050 - Business Law I
BUS 2060 - Business Law II
BUS 4850/4854/4860 – Independent Internship in Business/Law
MGT 5120 - The Legal Environment of Business
MGT 5200 - Writing & Research for Managers
MGT 6100 – Seminar in Management: Sustainability in Business (co-taught)
MGT 6410 - Special Topics: Advanced Management Seminar/Employment Law
BUS/PHL 4180 – Evolution of the American Worker (co-taught)
ECO/PHL 4420 - Business, Economics & Philosophy of Healthcare in Australia (Summer 2018)
Dr. Michael L. Fox is the Assistant Professor of Business Law, Pre-Law Advisor, and academic advisor to students enrolled in the Legal Studies Minor. He teaches courses in the undergraduate business program, and the MBA program.
Professor Fox received his Doctor of Law (JD) degree from Columbia University School of Law, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and an Articles Editor on the Columbia Business Law Review. He received his Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree, Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude, from Bucknell University, with a major in Economics and minor in Biology.
As a legal practitioner prior to academia, Professor Fox has been rated AV-Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell and selected to the Upstate New York Super Lawyers list. He is admitted to practice in New York State, as well as in the U.S. District Courts for the Southern, Eastern and Northern Districts of New York, the Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.
Professor Fox previously served as a law clerk to Hon. Lawrence E. Kahn, U.S. District Judge, in the Northern District of New York. He also worked as an attorney in the litigation department of Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP, in Manhattan; and was, sequentially, an associate, senior counsel, and then partner, and the litigation managing attorney at Jacobowitz & Gubits, LLP, in New York’s Hudson Valley. Professor Fox's primary practice areas were Federal Practice, Electronic Discovery, Employment and Discrimination Law, Business Entity Disputes, Corporate/Commercial Litigation, Estates Litigation, as well as general civil litigation. From February 2014 to November 2016, Professor Fox also served as Deputy Corporation Counsel for the City of Port Jervis, and as special labor counsel for the City. Dr. Fox was also Special Counsel at the Hudson Valley law firm of Catania, Mahon, Milligram & Rider, PLLC, from October 2015 to November 2016, immediately prior to entering full-time academia.
Professor Fox has been very active with the American Bar Association, New York State Bar Association, and Orange County Bar Association. Professor Fox has authored a book on electronic discovery, social media, ethics and society; and has authored or co-authored articles and CLEs, and has spoken at symposia and CLE programs, concerning Federal civil procedure, attorney-client privilege and work product, electronic discovery, evidence, professional responsibility/ethics, employment law, and pre-law advice for college students.
Professor Fox is the co-host of a bi-monthly podcast of the New York State Bar Association, "Gold/Fox: Non-Billable", which speaks with practicing attorneys who have interesting hobbies, or with those who hold law degrees and work in non-traditional careers. The podcast is available on Apple iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, the NYSBA website, or wherever one gets their podcasts.
When not engaged in scholarly or professional endeavors, Professor Fox is also an avid traveler, having thus far visited 28 countries and territories across four continents, and 35 states in the United States.
Specialization/Areas of Research Interest
Electronic Discovery, Social Media, Evidence and Ethics
Employment Law, Equal Protection
Reach of Title VII, ADA and NY Human Rights Law
Government, Constitutionalism, Federalism
Professional Responsibility/Ethics of Attorneys and Judges
Memberships and Professional Associations
- Member, Northeast Association of Pre-Law Advisors (NAPLA)
- Member, Southern Association of Pre-Law Advisors (SAPLA)
- Member, Southwest Association of Pre-Law Advisors (SWAPLA)
- New York State Bar Association - Member of the House of Delegates (2008-2014; 2015-Present); Standing Committee Chair (2018-Present); Former 9th Judicial District Vice President (2017-2019); Former Member of the Executive Committee (2015-2019); Former Section Chair
- Orange County Bar Association - Member, Board of Directors
- Food Bank of the Hudson Valley - Member, Advisory Board
- American Bar Association - Former Member, House of Delegates
- Federal Bar Council - Member
- New York City Bar Association - Member
- Notary Public (New York)
Achievements / Awards
- Rated AV® Preeminent by Martindale Hubbell since 2015
- Selected as Super Lawyer, Upstate New York/Hudson Valley by Thomson Reuters (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)
- Past Member of the New York Law Journal’s Inaugural “Rising Stars” Selection/Judging Committee
- Member of Phi Beta Kappa
- Lecturer and Team Leader at 8th and 9th Annual NYSBA YLS Trial Academy held at Cornell Law School (2017 & 2018); Lecturer & Critique Faculty at 10th Annual NYSBA YLS Trial Academy held at Cornell Law School (2019)
- BOOK: Fox, Michael L., Primer for an Evolving eWorld (Kendall Hunt Publishing Co. 2019).
- M. Fox, "Beware: Does Your Law Firm Website Violate the ADA or State Accommodations Law?", 91 N.Y. St. Bar J. 28 (Aug. 2019)
- M. Fox & J. Strauss, Considering Law School? Undergraduates Should Contemplate This Advice From Pre-Law Advisors, 90 N.Y. St. Bar J. 16 (Sept. 2018).
- "Objection, Your Honor” (To Your Social Media Activity), re-print in THE MAGISTRATE, Vol. 58, No. 3 (Summer 2018) (Journal of The New York State Magistrates Association)
- "Objection, Your Honor" (To Your Social Media Activity?), 90 N.Y. ST. BAR J. 42 (Mar./Apr. 2018).
- The Legal Profession - Attorneys & Courts - Bulwark Against Injustice, re-print in PERSPECTIVE, at 7 (Spring 2018)
- Who Has Access to Decedents’ Electronic Assets and Social Media?, 26 Pretrial Practice & Discovery 1 (Winter 2018) (American Bar Association).
- Corporate Counsel & HR Managers Be Aware - In Employment Law, Protected Classes Are Expanding to Include Sexual Orientation, Gender identity and Transgender Status, 35 INSIDE 35 (Fall 2017) (Journal of the Corporate Counsel Section of the New York State Bar Association)
- The Legal Profession - Attorneys & Courts - Bulwark Against Injustice, PATHWAY, THE NEWSLETTER FOR LAW STUDENTS (New York State Bar Association) (Summer 2017)
- Evidence Today - Discussing the Impact of Technology on Traditional Evidence and Its Influence on the Evolution of Modern Evidentiary Techniques, 27 ALB. L. J. OF SCI. & TECH. 139, 163 (2017) (Article covering in print form the presentations at the Symposium held at Albany Law School on Nov. 16, 2016)
- “I Show You Exhibit E for Identification” – Differing Approaches for Authentication of Electronic Evidence at Trial, 22 NY LITIGATOR 14 (Spring 2017) (the Journal of the Commercial & Federal Litigation Section of the New York State Bar Association)
- Mark D. Fox & Michael L. Fox, Civility in Litigation – A Path to Winning, NEW YORK STATE BAR ASSOCIATION JOURNAL, Vol. 85, No. 6, at 30 (July/Aug. 2013)
- Ethical and Legal Considerations in Litigation With Regard to Social Media, Electronically-In-Touch (Jan. 2015) (publication of the New York State Bar Association's Young Lawyers Section).
- Beware Discovery of Social Media Posts, NEW YORK LAW JOURNAL, Vol. 249, No. 14, at 10 (Jan. 22, 2013). Also available at http://www.newyorklawjournal.com/PubArticleNY.jsp?id=1202585013635&Beware_Discovery_of_Social_Media_Posts&slreturn=20130021203113
- Social Media and Its Developing Role in Legal Matters, Electronically-In-Touch (Aug. 2012) (publication of the New York State Bar Association's Young Lawyers Section).
- Mark D. Fox & Michael L. Fox, It’s No Joking Matter: Our Profession Requires Greater Civility and Respect, NEW YORK STATE BAR ASSOCIATION JOURNAL, Vol. 81, No. 2, at 10 (Feb. 2009)
- BOOKLET: M. Fox, et al. (eds./contribs.), "Now That You’ve Turned 18" (N.Y.S. Bar Ass’n, 2006)
- Mark D. Fox & Michael L. Fox, Family Unity or Family Crisis: Revisiting the Need for a Parent-Child Communication Privilege, in JOAN FULLAM IRICK PRIVACY PROJECT: PHASE II 41 (INT’L ASS’N OF DEFENSE COUNSEL 2004)
- Survey, Breaking Rocky Ground: Issues in Investment and Ethics in a Shaken Economy, 2002 COLUM. BUS. L. REV. 793 (2002) (Michael L. Fox, To Tell or Not To Tell: Legal Ethics and Disclosure After Enron, 2002 COLUM. BUS. L. REV. 867-925)
- 144 CONG. REC. E1998-01 (daily ed. Oct. 9, 1998) (extension of Remarks by Rep. Gilman) (Michael L. Fox, Delegate Mission Report, U.S. Congress-Korean National Assembly Youth Exchange Program, July 23-August 8, 1998)
- Numerous CLE materials to accompany programs and lectures.