Christopher Michael, Esq. is completing a JD/PhD in political science at the City University of New York with a focus on employee ownership, labor history, and trust law. Chris is general counsel at the ICA Group, the oldest U.S. nonprofit dedicated to employee ownership. He also founded the New York City and State business associations for employee-owned firms. He is currently a research associate at the Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations.

Chris is responsible for developing the perpetual 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.

After undergraduate at Columbia University, Chris worked demolition in the South Bronx, Brownsville, and Harlem; and later served for two years as a carpenter’s apprentice at a private construction firm. He moved to Berlin for three years, where he worked in independent film, advertising, and translation. Returning to New York, he drove yellow cab for two years. Chris lives in lower Manhattan with his wife and child.


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