Christopher Michael, esq.
Attorney and advisor

Chris is responsible for developing the perpetual purpose trust as a new legal mechanism for employee ownership in the United States and has published articles introducing the concept in leading peer-reviewed law journals, including Tax Notes and Probate & Property. He is currently a professor at the Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations, where he teaches courses in U.S. labor history and employment law, and a senior fellow at the Rutgers Institute for the Study of Employee Ownership and Profit Sharing. Formerly, he was the director of employee ownership at the Newark Community Economic Development Corporation, the primary economic development agency for the city of Newark, NJ. He also served as general counsel and policy director at the oldest U.S. nonprofit dedicated to employee ownership. He is admitted to practice law in New York, New Jersey, the District of Columbia, North Dakota, and Minnesota, and serves as a nonlegal advisor for businesses across the country. Chris earned a JD/PhD at the City University of New York with a dissertation on the history of employee-owned businesses in the United States.

Chris is a member of the National Center for Employee Ownership, the ESOP Association, and the Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section of the American Bar Association. Click here for a complete curriculum vitae.