What the team is known for Preeminent labor and employment boutique offering sophisticated counsel to a range of domestic and international clients. Demonstrates extensive litigation and trial experience, with particular strengths in FLSA and FMLA disputes, and cases relating to the misappropriation of confidential information. Highly skilled on restrictive covenant matters, and has extensive experience advising clients in the healthcare, construction, banking and automotive sectors.
Strengths Clients state they have "a very positive impression of the firm. They are clearly experts in their niche."
Peers agree that they are "a specialty boutique with high-quality people."
Value for money One source reports that the firm is "very efficient and cost-effective."
Work highlights Defended Ford against claims of age discrimination and retaliation connected to the elimination of an employee's job role and placement in a lower salary grade position. The case was valued at approximately $2.5 million.
Successfully defended Belle Tire Distributors against claims of FLSA violations.
Significant clients Auto Club of Michigan, College for Creative Studies, Comcast, Detroit Tigers, Hurley Medical Center.
Elizabeth Hardy is greatly appreciated by clients, who highlight her collegial attitude. "She's approachable, good at explaining issues, and is willing to think 'out loud' with us," says a source. She is experienced at representing clients in employment litigation, both at the first instance and on appeal, and recently acted for Ford in a case against a former employee alleging constructive discharge.
Thomas Kienbaum has been representing employers in high-profile employment disputes for over four decades, and recently defended a Detroit-headquartered law firm against tort claims of under-compensation brought by a former principal. Kienbaum enjoys a superb reputation in the market, and clients say he is "very bright, smooth and diplomatic, and particularly good at working with unions."
Theodore Opperwall has more than 40 years' experience advising businesses on a range of employment matters, including arbitrations, union organization and collective bargaining. He recently acted for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan in a case in which the plaintiff alleged age and race discrimination. Clients praise his "strong analytical ability."
Eric Pelton advises on both employment litigation and traditional labor issues, acting on class actions, multiemployer pension matters and restrictive covenant disputes. He recently acted for Ford in an age discrimination case, and sources report that he is "highly regarded for his scholastic skills but also a solid guy in the boardroom."
William Forrest is best known for his work in complex labor disputes, and recently acted for Belle Tire Distributors defending against the plaintiff's accusations of FLSA violations. Clients enthuse that he is "very cost-conscious, knowledgeable and responsive."