Patrick (Mike) McKenna

PATRICK (MIKE) MCKENNA, is an attorney for more than 43 years and is a member of the New York State and Florida Bars. Mike serves on numerous labor and commercial mediation and arbitration panels in New York and Florida. Since 1999, Mike has served on the federal mediation panel for the United States District Court of the Eastern District of New York and has resolved more than 200 cases -- including collective and Rule 23 class action cases involving multi-million dollar settlements -- in the employment and labor field.

Prior to becoming a full-time neutral, Mike was an active litigator having represented hundreds of employees in FLSA, Title VII, ADEA, ADA, Section 1983, and ERISA actions in federal court. Mike has also represented both public and private sector employers and unions in arbitration proceedings involving contract interpretation and disciplinary matters.

Mike primarily mediates wage and hour cases and other employment and labor law disputes and is the most frequently selected mediator for the past five years in the Eastern District of New York. In addition to private contractual mediations, he has mediated court cases in the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Northern Districts of New York, the Southern and Middle Districts of Florida, the District of Colorado, the New York State Supreme Court, Nassau and Queens Commercial Divisions, the Circuit Courts of Broward and Palm Beach Counties in Florida, and cases under the auspices of the American Arbitration Association. He has served as a Rule 53 Special Master in the Eastern District of New York and is currently a member of the § 3020-a arbitration panels on teacher performance and misconduct for the NYC Dept. of Education and the United Federation of Teachers.

Mike was an inaugural member of the Mediation Advisory Committee for the Southern District of New York, the ADR Advisory Committee for the Eastern District of New York, and the ADR Advisory Council of the Nassau County Bar Association. He is a frequent panel participant at seminars and programs lecturing on the topics of mediation process and ethics.


  • University at Buffalo Law School, J.D., (1976)
  • George Washington University Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, M.A., (1975)
  • University of Massachusetts at Amherst, B.A. (1970)


  • State of New York (1977)
  • State of Florida (1978)
  • U.S. Supreme Court (2018)
  • Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (1982)
  • Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit (1982)
  • U.S. Tax Court (1982)
  • U.S. District Courts for the Eastern District of New York (1977)
  • Southern District of New York (1977)
  • Southern District of Florida (pro hac vice 1982; 2012)


  • United States District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • United States District Court, Southern District of New York
  • United States Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of New York
  • American Arbitration Association, Special Storm Sandy Panel
  • Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil Mediator [Mediator No. 28575-R]
  • New York State Supreme Court, County of Nassau, Commercial Part
  • New York State Supreme Court, County of Queens, Commercial Part
  • Roster of Neutrals, Scheinman Institute on Conflict Resolution, Cornell University ILR School
  • Nassau County (N.Y.) Bar Association, Alternate Dispute Resolution Tribunal, Arbitration and Mediation Panels
  • Comprehensive Arbitration and Mediation Services, Inc. (CAMS)


  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • Nassau County (N.Y.) District Court
  • Florida Qualified Court Approved Arbitrator
  • Arbitration Tribunal, Employment Dispute Resolution Panel, Nassau County Bar Association

Areas Of Expertise

  • Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
  • Employment Discrimination
  • Labor-Management Disputes
  • Civil and Constitutional Rights
  • Municipal and Zoning

Special Designation

  • N/A

Areas Of Certification

  • Court Certified Circuit Civil Mediator


11684 Castellon Court
Boynton Beach, FL 33437



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