Michael J. Derderian (“Mike”) represents businesses, nonprofits, colleges, and universities in employment and commercial matters with the goal of achieving the most efficient and effective results possible. Drawing upon his experience as a practitioner and law clerk at the federal trial and appellate levels, Mike provides strategic advice to clients on their compliance with state and federal employment laws and risk of legal exposure. He also works closely with clients to draft and review employer policies and handbooks.

Mike also regularly litigates business and employment-related disputes in state and federal court and before state administrative agencies such as the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination. In particular, Mike has significant experience with federal court procedure, having served as a law clerk for three federal judges. His litigation practice spans a variety of subject areas, but focuses on employment-related disputes, including wrongful termination, retaliation, wage-and-hour, and trade secret disputes.

Practice Areas


  • University of Notre Dame Law School, J.D., summa cum laude, 2011
  • Boston College, B.A., cum laude, 2005

Recognition and Professional Affiliations

  • Named a Massachusetts Rising Star by Super Lawyers, 2019

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts
  • New York

Published Works & Appearances

  • Senior editor, Notre Dame Law Review, 2011

Prior Experience

Before joining Hirsch Roberts Weinstein, Mike litigated complex commercial disputes and advised clients involved in government investigations and enforcement proceedings for firms located in New York and Boston.

Mike’s federal clerkship experience:
-Hon. William J. Kayatta, Jr., U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, Aug. 2015 – Aug. 2016
-Hon. Indira Talwani, U.S. Dist. Ct. for the District of Massachusetts, July 2014 – July 2015
-Hon. Margaret A. Ryan, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, Sept. 2012 – Aug. 2013


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