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Michael Farhi

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Hackensack, New Jersey
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Michael Farhi is a partner of the firm specializing in employment law, complex commercial litigation, family law and Municipal and Traffic Court Offenses. 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, which includes alternative fee arrangements (AFAs).

He was named one of New Jersey’s Top Rated Lawyers in Commercial Litigation and Labor and Employment Law by Inside Jersey Magazine and as one of Bergen County New Jersey’s Top Lawyers by (201) Magazine for professional excellence. Mike is an avid blogger on many legal issues (see his blogs on the Home Page of this website).

He served as Municipal Prosecutor in both Waldwick and Rochelle Park, Special Labor Counsel for Bergen County, the Borough of Bogota 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 Jersey
  • Municipal & Traffic Courts in New Jersey
  • The Appellate Courts of New Jersey
  • The Federal District Courts in New Jersey
  • The Supreme Courts in New York
  • Municipal & Traffic Courts in New York
  • The Appellate Courts of New York
  • The 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, 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, unemployment and other administrative claims. 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 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, profits and growth is what creates success. But disputes will arise, with competitors, customers, vendors, business partners, insurance companies and employees, that can hurt business. 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 breach of contract claims, business transactions that have "gone bad," insurance coverage disputes, intellectual property misappropriation claims and partnership disputes.
His advice will be 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 marriages
  • Child custody and visitation
  • Child Support and Spousal Support
  • Property division, including dividing complex assets and debt
  • Domestic Violence
  • Protection of Children

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 Offenses
  • Disorderly Conduct Charges
  • Assault & Battery Charges
  • Shoplifting & 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.

Areas of Practice

  • Employment Law -- Employee
  • Employee Rights -- Employee
  • Family Law
  • Divorce
  • Complex Litigation
  • Municipal & Traffic Court


  • Seton Hall University School of Law, Newark, New Jersey
  • Ramapo College of New Jersey

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Bergen County Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • American Association for Justice
  • New Jersey Society of Human Rights Managers
Business Law Advice in New Jersey
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Kates Nussman Rapone Ellis & Farhi, LLP
190 Moore Street, Suite 306
Hackensack, NJ 07601
Phone: 201-488-7211
Fax: 201-488-1210
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Current News & Announcements
  • Supreme Court Ruling Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage Nationwide
    Michael Farhi addresses the Supreme Court ruling on Same-sex Marriage. Read More...
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