Michael C. Duff
Centennial Distinguished Professor of Law
B.A., West Chester University of Pennsylvania (1991), Philosophy, summa cum laude
J.D., Harvard Law School (1995)
Monday & Wednesday Noon to 2:30 pm
Michael C. Duff, a professor at the College of Law since 2006, is Centennial Distinguished Professor of Law. He is a Vice Chair of the Workers’ Compensation Committee of the American Bar Association’s Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section. In 2016, Professor Duff was named Fellow of the College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers, a preeminent multistate organization of workers’ compensation attorneys.
Professor Duff has written extensively on various complex labor and employment matters, most recently on preemption issues emerging from the interplay of Title I of the federal Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and state workers’ compensation systems. He is also a nationally recognized expert and commentator on legal issues arising from the National Labor Relations Act.
Professor Duff teaches the College of Law’s courses in Torts I, Labor Law, Workers’ Compensation Law, and Employee Benefits Law. An experienced legal practitioner, Professor Duff spent nearly a decade working as an attorney, adjudicative official, and investigator in various National Labor Relations Board offices immediately prior to joining the College of Law’s faculty. Before engaging in federal government law practice, Professor Duff worked for two years as an associate attorney in a cutting-edge, progressive law firm in Maine—McTeague, Higbee & MacAdam—where he represented injured workers and labor unions.
In his work life preceding the study of the law, Professor Duff was for eleven years a Teamsters shop steward and blue-collar ramp service worker in the airline industry, leaving that occupation to study labor law at the Harvard Law School.
Professor Duff enjoys playing the guitar but should have listened more closely to his late dad (a jazz guitarist) about the virtues of maintaining technically precise hand positions.
Teaching: Labor Law, Torts I, Workers' Compensation Law, Employee Benefits