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Kienbaum Opperwall Hardy & Pelton, P.L.C. - Labor & Employment Department

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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. Experienced in handling traditional labor relations work, including NLRB-related issues.

Strengths Sources say: "They are extremely good at what they do. They are highly professional, very skilled in representing us and our outcomes with them have consistently been very good."

Sources say: "They are experts in getting you to the heart of what needs to be done."

Work highlights Successfully defended Ford in a trial where the plaintiff claimed she had been discriminated against based on her disability and gender as well as having been sexually harassed.

Obtained a dismissal on behalf of Comcast Cable Communications Management in a case where the plaintiff claimed her termination violated federal and Michigan disabilities laws, breached an implied employment contract and violated public policy.

Notable practitioners

Theodore Opperwall is a veteran attorney who has vast experience in representing management in traditional labor law matters. He regularly works with clients on union organization and collective bargaining issues.

Elizabeth Hardy focuses on employment litigation, preventive counseling and appellate work. Clients say she is "very wise, very thoughtful and very insightful."

The "very impressive" Thomas Kienbaum is experienced in representing employers in significant labor and employment disputes. His expertise also covers traditional labor matters and employment class actions as well as individual plaintiff litigation.

Eric Pelton is a highly regarded attorney who handles employment litigation and traditional labor work. He is experienced in handling discrimination and harassment claims.

William Forrest works with a range of local and national clients on employment disputes. He also handles traditional labor matters.

About the Team (content provided by Kienbaum Opperwall Hardy & Pelton, P.L.C.)

Now in its 21st year as a labor and employment “boutique,” our firm is widely known in Michigan, the Midwest, and throughout the country for its specialized and high-level management-side practice. We are also known for our excellent clients, including Fortune 500 companies, start-up and small-to-mid-sized businesses, healthcare and educational institutions, non-profits, executives, courts, and law firms, and for achieving excellent outcomes for them.

Our practice covers the gamut of federal and state employment and labor law, from preventive counseling to litigation to appeals. A sizable segment is complex multi-state litigation including class actions. Our appellate practice has long been instrumental in establishing legal principles of major significance for employers.

Many of our clients have seen that, with the high level of sophistication, substantive knowledge, trial experience, and efficiency our practice offers, it is more cost-effective for us to handle their labor and employment work regionally or throughout the country. We offer better and more timely service at Midwestern rates. 

For years our firm has been designated by Chambers as one of the top employment and labor practices based in Michigan, and in recent years as the sole top-ranked firm. All of our principals are ranked by Chambers. A high percentage of our lawyers have been inducted into the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. All of our lawyers have devoted their careers to this specialized field.

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Butzel Long - Labor & Employment Department

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What the team is known for Well-established regional firm with significant trial experience before a range of state and federal administrative bodies. Routinely advises on labor relations and often provides comprehensive human resources training to major employers. Skilled at handling union-related issues, including organizational drives, strikes and collective bargaining negotiations. Works with a diverse client base, adept at handling issues for those in the higher education sector.

Strengths Sources say: "They are very professional, very helpful, quick to respond and very knowledgeable on the law, with a lot of resources."

Another interviewee notes: "They are very responsive and customer-focused. They are strong advocates for the company and have done a very good job of representing us."

Work highlights Defended Wayne State University in a lawsuit filed by a graduate nursing student alleging race discrimination and retaliation.

Represented Plastomer in negotiations with the United Automobile Workers union.

Notable practitioners

The "very smart" Daniel Tukel chairs the department and works with both public and private entities in employment disputes. He has a specialty in representing clients in the higher education sector.

Carey DeWitt goes "above and beyond," say clients, who regularly work with him on discrimination cases and contract disputes. "He understands our needs and who all the key stakeholders are, and is extremely responsive whenever we reach out," says a source.

John Hancock has over 40 years of experience in the field and handles issues such as collective bargaining negotiations. He is also adept at advising on OSHA litigation.

James Rosenfeld "brings a very practical approach to issues" and is "a problem solver," report interviewees. He litigates a range of employment matters, as well as advising on traditional labor matters.

About the Team (content provided by Butzel Long)

With a substantial depth and breadth of experience, the industry leading attorneys in Butzel Long's Labor Practice have represented public and private sector employers and multi-employer associations across a wide array of industries in collective bargaining, representational campaigns and elections, unfair labor practice charges, strikes -- including injunction proceedings in both state and federal courts designed to end unlawful strikes or picketing -- wage and hour matters and arbitrations.

Butzel Long's expertise is reflected over its long history, having had attorneys who have served on the National Labor Relations Board, including a recent chair of the National Labor Relations Board. Additionally, current Butzel Long attorneys include two past chairs of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the State Bar and a past chair of the International Law Section. Six of our attorneys are Fellows of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, an honor available only to those who have, in the eyes of their colleagues, distinguished themselves as outstanding professionals for more than 20 years of practice.  Our multi-disciplinary and nationally recognized teams of attorneys are able to represent clients in every aspect of labor and employment issues, including litigation, administrative agency charges, collective bargaining, arbitrations, benefits, non-competes, counseling, advising and training.



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Clark Hill PLC - Labor & Employment Department

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What the team is known for Comprehensive practice capable of handling a multitude of labor and employment issues, including discrimination, wrongful termination and employee benefits disputes. Frequently acts for airlines, construction companies, hospitals and medical centers. Advises executives and managers, in addition to public and private employers. Also highly skilled at taking on traditional labor matters, such as collective bargaining and strike avoidance.

Strengths Sources say: "They are really good, strong practical counsel – what I ask for, I get."

Work highlights Represented Brock Group in an arbitration against claims of national origin discrimination by three former employees.

Advised Preferred Solutions in a case alleging sex discrimination and breach of contract.

Notable practitioners

Daniel Bretz is "an excellent labor and employment lawyer" who often advises corporations on employment class actions. He also negotiates collective bargaining agreements, as part of a broader practice.

Robert Vercruysse maintains an impressive practice that sees him counsel and litigate a range of labor and employment matters. His expertise covers civil rights litigation and administering collective bargaining agreements.

Christopher Trebilcock is "fantastic on the labor relations side" and "good at negotiating and communicating with unions," say sources. He often advises employers on reductions in workforce.

About the Team (content provided by Clark Hill PLC)

Clark Hill's Labor & Employment Practice Group includes nearly 80 lawyers who represent public and private employers, senior executives, and managers in all aspects of labor and employment law. Our mission is to provide clients with practical, cost-effective solutions that maximize the employer-employee relationship and minimize the financial, operational, and regulatory risks associated with labor and employment disputes. We have decades of experience working at the forefront of emerging legal issues, and convey that knowledge to clients through clear, timely, and open communications. Proactive and responsive in equal measure, we help employers identify and avoid potential conflicts whenever possible and reasonable. However, when litigation provides the better path to resolution, we are forceful advocates and effective managers of legal resources. Our areas of focus include: 

Employment Counseling and Training

Employment Litigation

  • Breach of contract
  • Constitutional and statutory civil rights violations
  • Defamation
  • Discrimination
  • Fair Labor Standard Act, including collective actions
  • Harassment
  • Negligent hiring, retention, and supervision
  • Private Attorney General
  • Protection of proprietary information
  • Retaliation
  • Unfair competition and trade secrets 
  • Wage and hour disputes
  • Whistleblower and False Claims Act
  • Workplace violence
  • Wrongful discharge and termination claims

Traditional Labor Law

Employment Benefits and Benefits Litigation








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Barnes & Thornburg LLP - Labor & Employment Department

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What the team is known for Distinguished firm handling a wide range of matters for regional and national employers. Particularly recognized for its prowess in labor relations and employment disputes as well as claims brought under the FLSA and Civil Rights Act. Industry expertise covers chemicals and education, and especially well known for its work advising on traditional labor issues in the healthcare sector.

Strengths "The team are very knowledgeable in their area of expertise. Working with this team is like having an extension to our internal legal group - they are very cooperative and flexible in terms of work hours and making themselves available on very short notice," says a source.

"They are excellent. They deliver, are concise and professional, and we win cases," a client says.

Work highlights Advised Dow Chemical on employment matters in connection with its merger with DuPont.

Advised Mercy Health Partners on a range of traditional labor matters, including contract negotiations and administration.

Notable practitioners

Robert Sikkel has "an incredible knowledge base in the area of labor law," reports one client. He often handles collective bargaining negotiations and labor strategy work in connection with M&A.

Keith Brodie has an impressive practice that sees him advise on union-organizing matters and defend against NLRB unfair labor charges, among other matters. Clients appreciate his "very clear thinking, clear communication and very high-quality advice."

Donald Lawless's practice focuses on advising clients in the pharmaceutical, food processing, higher education and service industries on labor and employment issues. "He really connects with our mission and core values; he understands our industry," states a client.

About the Team (content provided by Barnes & Thornburg LLP)

Attorneys routinely defend clients against claims of wrongful discharge, harassment, discrimination, workplace defamation, breach of contract, invasion of privacy, ERISA violations, illicit drug testing and other federal and state law claims, and enforce non-competition and non-solicitation agreements. The firm’s extensive traditional labor practice encompasses defending against unfair labor practice charges and union-organizing campaigns, negotiating and administrating union contracts, and coaching and training on lawful union-avoidance techniques.

Our passion is for tackling the hard labor issues, stamping out opportunistic employment claims and wrestling with the ever-changing labor laws. Helping you manage your workforce – which is vital to your success.

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Bodman PLC - Labor & Employment Department

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What the team is known for Well-regarded practice representing banking institutions, charitable organizations and government entities in a variety of complex labor and employment cases. Particular strengths include equal employment opportunity actions, labor negotiations and employee benefits work. Especially known for advising healthcare clients, nonprofit organizations and education institutes.

Strengths Clients say: "They are fantastic: They do a wonderful job at anticipating our needs before we have to ask and are excellent problem solvers, always bringing a business sense to their legal advice."

A client says: "They are accessible and proactive. I am very satisfied and we really recognize them as an expert sounding board."

Work highlights Represented KUKA Toledo Production Operations in an arbitration alleging claims of wrongful discharge, racial discrimination and retaliation.

Advised Integrated Manufacturing and Assembly on a wrongful discharge arbitration brought by a union chairperson.

Notable practitioners

John Cashen regularly advises clients who face charges of discrimination, sexual harassment and wrongful discharge claims in federal and state courts. One client notes: "He is very good at explaining complex situations, a good listener, very thorough and very accessible."

Karen Piper focuses her practice on workplace law, education law and related litigation. One source reports: "She is extremely knowledgeable in her field and very attentive. She is the go-to person when it comes to labor law issues in this area."

About the Team (content provided by Bodman PLC)

The workplace is a reflection of the economy and society around it. Economic swings and social change impact the workplace and challenge employers.  

To succeed, employers must build and maintain a positive, high-performing, cost-effective workplace. Multi-layered, ever changing and expanding, state and federal workplace laws, regulations, and decisions of courts and agencies burden employers in achieving workplace goals and objectives, regardless of business or industry.

Employers need a strategic partner who understands their business goals to overcome the burdens and meet the challenges. Bodman’s Workplace Law Group is that partner. We work with employers to meet the increasing need for practical, innovative guidance on workplace issues. Our team has both an in-depth understanding of labor and employment law and a deep appreciation of our clients’ need for quick, direct answers to help them achieve concrete objectives. We provide innovative problem solving to promote a more positive workplace.

The Workplace Law Group offers employers a full range of legal services, whether workers are hourly or salaried; technical or professional; blue, green or white collar; or something in between. From talent acquisition to onboarding to layoff, retirement, or separation, we cover policy, process, agreements, union avoidance, litigation, and the bargaining and administration of labor contracts. We help the employer make the workplace really work.



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Dickinson Wright PLLC - Labor & Employment Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Broad practice known for its expert handling of labor and employment, employee benefits and immigration issues for a diverse client roster. Frequently advises clients in the public and private sectors on labor relations, health and retirement plans, and health and safety compliance. Regularly acts for public and private businesses in the healthcare, automotive, retail and food and drink industries.

Strengths Sources say: "They are very knowledgeable and have a very strong employment group."

Interviewees highlight the "excellent communication" and "deep resources" at the firm as strengths.

Work highlights Defended Pioneer Hi-Bred International in a premises negligence claim brought by an employee allegedly injured while conducting work at the company's facilities.

Represented Wayne State University in a qui tam action filed by a dismissed medical professor alleging the university scammed the US government out of more than $169 million through fraudulent research proposals.

Notable practitioners

Timothy Howlett heads the practice and concentrates on employment litigation and counseling. Clients say: "He is very knowledgeable, smart and practical."

About the Team (content provided by Dickinson Wright PLLC)

Dickinson Wright's Labor and Employment Group has more than 30 lawyers in Michigan who possess extensive experience in every aspect of the laws that govern the employment relationship.

A significant part of our practice involves representing public and private employers in state and federal court in discrimination, whistleblower, wrongful termination, and other labor and employment litigation. We are experienced in counseling clients in a number of employment or labor law issues, including employment agreements, immigration, severance agreements, ADA and FMLA compliance, employee discipline and terminations, harassment claims, privacy, employee handbooks, affirmative action compliance, labor relations and collective bargaining, maintenance of a union-free work environment, workforce reductions, wage and hour issues, OSHA and MIOSHA, and the enforcement of non-competition and confidentiality agreements.

In the past few years alone, we have successfully defended numerous wage and hour collective actions and discrimination class actions - in almost every instance, stopping the case before it starts by successfully arguing that a wage and hour collective status is improper or by defeating class certification.

Over the past year, we have significantly expanded our practice in the healthcare industry. We currently represent physician groups, hospitals and health care insurance providers, which has resulted in a significant growth of our employment healthcare practice.

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Dykema Gossett PLLC - Labor & Employment Department

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What the team is known for Robust labor and employment practice popular with a diverse range of banking, higher education and technology clients. Expertise spans noncompete and trade secret claims. Notable strength in representing clients in administrative proceedings before the NLRB and Michigan Employment Relations Commission. Has recently been highly active advising on traditional labor matters, including union issues and wage and hour cases.

Strengths "They are very professional and very deep in their knowledge base and areas of expertise," says a client.

Clients appreciate the "excellent counsel on difficult labor issues" that the team provides.

Work highlights Represented XPO Logistics in an assumed prosecution of trade secret misappropriation and breach of fiduciary duty claim against two former employees and their new employer.

Defended Meggitt-USA against claims of disability discrimination, among others, brought by a former employee.

Notable practitioners

Robert Boonin has a specialty in public contract and education law, and often advises clients on wrongful termination and discrimination claims. Sources say he is a "very well-attuned negotiator and understands the process well."

About the Team (content provided by Dykema Gossett PLLC)

Dykema’s team of labor and employment lawyers apply their knowledge of ever-changing legal issues to the representation of corporate and public employers in such diverse fields as retailing, manufacturing, construction, transportation, banking and finance, health care, government and education.

Dykema provides strategic counsel on all employment-related issues, from civil rights and employee benefits to union negotiations, immigration and litigation. With its advice, clients navigate and comply with complex laws and meet specific employment-related objectives. Dykema also maintains a labor and employment law blog (www.laboremployment-lawblog.com), in which its attorneys highlight important legal developments with practical implications for our clients.

Dykema's labor and employment attorneys assist clients in several areas, including:

  • Employment Litigation​
  • Unions and Collective Bargaining
  • Employment Counseling
  • ERISA Litigation
  • Immigration
  • Non-Compete, Unfair Competition and Trade Secrets
  • Wage & Hour

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Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP - Labor & Employment Department

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What the team is known for Solid labor and employment practice with a strong reputation in high-stakes collective and class action employment litigation, and employment issues arising in a transactional context, with particular expertise advising on M&A-related matters. Additionally prevalent in traditional labor law relating to union avoidance and collective bargaining negotiations, as well as acting on high-profile FLSA collective actions. Works with clients from a diverse range of sectors, including financial services, real estate and healthcare.

Strengths "They are amazing: they are our one-stop shop for employment matters," says a client.

Clients report: "They are always accessible, highly competent and mindful of costs."

Work highlights Represented Punch Bowl Social in an investigation into the restaurant's tip pooling process.

Defended WTR Enterprises in an FLSA collective action alleging assistant managers were misclassified as exempt employees and were entitled to overtime pay.

Notable practitioners

William Sargent "relates very well with all levels of clients," say sources. He advises on a range of disputes, including wage and hour, discrimination and wrongful discharge cases.

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Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone, P.L.C. - Labor & Employment Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Offers broad traditional labor law and employment services to public and private sector clients, with particular activity for prominent automotive companies, nonprofits and healthcare organizations. Exhibits considerable strength in FMLA and ERISA benefits litigation and counseling. Also skilled at taking on collective bargaining mandates and other union-related matters.

Strengths "Our impression of the team as a whole is outstanding. We receive immediate and professional responses to our questions and needs," says a client.

"They are fantastic: They are very knowledgeable and very responsive," says another client.

Work highlights Acted as part of Michigan State University's counsel team to defend lawsuits filed in multiple jurisdictions brought by over 100 women alleging they were sexually assaulted by an MSU physician.

Defended Lowe's Home Centers against a subcontractor alleging race discrimination and wrongful termination.

Notable practitioners

Leonard Givens brings nearly 50 years of experience to traditional labor issues. He is adept at handling collective bargaining issues.

Megan Norris handles all aspects of employment law, including defending clients in discrimination, harassment and tort claims. She is also expert in matters pertaining to the ADA and FMLA and chairs the employment group at the firm.

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Miller Johnson - Labor & Employment Department

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What the team is known for Solid reputation for its representation of public and private clients across a number of sectors, including education and food and beverages. Handles a range of dispute work, including defending workplace harassment claims. Highly praised for its experience in management training and alternative dispute resolution. Has a significant traditional labor practice, with particular areas of expertise including management of union relationships and union avoidance.

Strengths Clients note the "practical approach" the team takes, adding: "They explain the risks you will be taking depending on which decision you make."

"They are awesome and represent us well. They are very competent in their knowledge and support," says a client.

Work highlights Defended Dow Corning in a suit brought by a former manager claiming sex and race discrimination, among other claims.

Notable practitioners

David Buday is adept at representing employers in employment disputes and traditional labor issues. Clients note: "He is phenomenal: He knows our business inside out and quickly resolves any issues."

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The Murray Law Group, P.C. - Labor & Employment Department

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What the team is known for Impressive labor and employment group representing local and national employers in the automotive, manufacturing, healthcare and media industries. Regularly appears before the EEOC and DOL, as well as state and federal courts, in an array of labor and employment disputes. Well known for its work engaging in negotiations with unions, and is also skilled at taking on immigration-related matters.

Strengths Clients say: "They are extremely responsive, they understand our business, they listen and provide strong counsel with options."

Work highlights Advised a major healthcare organization on a case of alleged wrongful denial of renewal of staff privileges for a member cardiologist.

Provided counsel to Faurecia Interior Systems on in-house administration of FMLA policies and practices.

Notable practitioners

Gregory Murray has extensive experience in advising on discrimination claims as part of a broader labor and employment practice. Sources say he is "practical and extremely knowledgeable."

Susan Hartmus Hiser often represents employers in multiplaintiff harassment and disparate treatment cases. She works with both public and private sector clients.

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Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, PC - Labor & Employment Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Respected full-service labor and employment practice, with comprehensive resources across an extensive network of national and international offices. Demonstrates noteworthy skill in traditional labor law issues and FLSA and FMLA lawsuits. Works closely with both small-to-medium enterprises and larger employers, with attorneys frequently acting as interim on-site employment counsel.

Strengths "They are very responsive, very on top of the game and they keep you in the loop as to what is going on," says a source.

"They do a very good job of trying to anticipate needs," says another source.

Work highlights Defended a pharmaceutical company against unfair labor practice charges filed at the NLRB.

Represented an automobile manufacturer in a lawsuit brought by a company manager alleging he was denied the opportunity to become the owner of a dealership due to race discrimination, among other claims.

Notable practitioners

Margaret Alli has "a strong command of the law" and is "skilled at client communication," say sources. She often defends schools and colleges in employment disputes.

Thomas Cattel is highlighted by interviewees for his "experience, skills and responsiveness." He regularly works with clients in the retail, health and manufacturing sectors on employment disputes.

About the Team (content provided by Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, PC)

Our Michigan office specializes in all avenues of employment litigation, and handles significant audits and counselling issues for clients. The service industries have continued to be growing industry sectors for our office, as well as continued growth in manufacturing and private education representative engagements. This past year, based on clients’ needs, the office has seen a growth in the areas of pay equity and OFCCP compliance, as well as an increased presence in labour law matters.

A distinct advantage we offer our clients is the ability to serve as internal or external general employment counsel seamlessly without the need to bring in any other firm. Our office regularly engages in such relationships with our clients in which an Ogletree Deakins attorney serves as the client’s on-site employment counsel, typically on an interim basis. This arrangement allows our clients to confidently retain our office to take care of its employment needs wherever they may arise, without the need to engage another law firm in another jurisdiction.

Our office has begun to takeover a larger share of certain clients’ work that was previously performed by other firms in Michigan. This growth is because of our ability to handle any client challenge in the labor and employment arenas, in just about any jurisdiction. Our vast resources and pooled experience is what gives us an edge over larger general practice and smaller labor and employment boutiques in our market.

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Varnum LLP - Labor & Employment Department

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What the team is known for Grand Rapids-headquartered firm noted for its high-quality labor and employment offering and complementary expertise in immigration law. Routinely advises large human resources departments on workforce reduction strategies, contract issues and labor relations. Especially well known for its active and successful arbitration practice.

Notable practitioners

Richard Hooker has strong capabilities in employment litigation and traditional labor relations. He often works with clients from the automotive sector.

Lawrence Murphy defends organizations and individuals against discrimination and harassment complaints, among other matters. He also handles a range of noncontentious matters.

David Khorey advises on matters such as collective bargaining negotiations. He works with clients from a diverse range of industries including automotive, printing, transportation and healthcare.

About the Team (content provided by Varnum LLP)

Good business sense combined with good people sense is perhaps the best way to describe our approach to labor and employment law at Varnum.

Our labor and employment attorneys understand the importance of human resource management and development in your business strategy. We have built a practice that responds quickly to your needs, looks for practical, cost-effective business solutions and holds to sound human resource principles.

With one of the most experienced labor and employment practices in the region, Varnum has expertise in all areas of labor law and employer/employee relations. Clients range from large corporations and universities to small retailers and service firms -- public, private, union and non-union employers -- throughout the Midwest and across the country.

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Senior Statesperson

Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone, P.L.C.

From the Chambers USA guide

Leonard Givens brings nearly 50 years of experience to traditional labor issues. He is adept at handling collective bargaining issues.

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Senior Statesperson

The Murray Law Group, P.C.

From the Chambers USA guide

Gregory Murray has extensive experience in advising on discrimination claims as part of a broader labor and employment practice. Sources say he is "practical and extremely knowledgeable."

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Senior Statesperson

Theodore Opperwall

Kienbaum Opperwall Hardy & Pelton, P.L.C.

From the Chambers USA guide

Theodore Opperwall is a veteran attorney who has vast experience in representing management in traditional labor law matters. He regularly works with clients on union organization and collective bargaining issues.

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Clark Hill PLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Daniel Bretz is "an excellent labor and employment lawyer" who often advises corporations on employment class actions. He also negotiates collective bargaining agreements, as part of a broader practice.

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Elizabeth P Hardy

Kienbaum Opperwall Hardy & Pelton, P.L.C.

From the Chambers USA guide

Elizabeth Hardy focuses on employment litigation, preventive counseling and appellate work. Clients say she is "very wise, very thoughtful and very insightful."

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Thomas G Kienbaum

Kienbaum Opperwall Hardy & Pelton, P.L.C.

From the Chambers USA guide

The "very impressive" Thomas Kienbaum is experienced in representing employers in significant labor and employment disputes. His expertise also covers traditional labor matters and employment class actions as well as individual plaintiff litigation.

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Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone, P.L.C.

From the Chambers USA guide

Megan Norris handles all aspects of employment law, including defending clients in discrimination, harassment and tort claims. She is also expert in matters pertaining to the ADA and FMLA and chairs the employment group at the firm.

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Robert Vercruysse

Clark Hill PLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Robert Vercruysse maintains an impressive practice that sees him counsel and litigate a range of labor and employment matters. His expertise covers civil rights litigation and administering collective bargaining agreements.

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Margaret Carroll Alli

Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Margaret Alli has "a strong command of the law" and is "skilled at client communication," say sources. She often defends schools and colleges in employment disputes.

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Band 2

Epstein Becker & Green PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Adam Forman of Epstein Becker & Green PC is "very knowledgeable about his subject matter," say sources. His expertise spans wage and hour disputes and discrimination claims.

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Band 2

Hickey Hauck Bischoff & Jeffers PLLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Patrick Hickey of Hickey Hauck Bischoff & Jeffers PLLC is a noted litigator who has significant strength in employment disputes. He is regularly called upon to advise on trade secret and noncompete cases.

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Band 2

Varnum LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Richard Hooker has strong capabilities in employment litigation and traditional labor relations. He often works with clients from the automotive sector.

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Band 2

Dickinson Wright PLLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Timothy Howlett heads the practice and concentrates on employment litigation and counseling. Clients say: "He is very knowledgeable, smart and practical."

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Band 2

Lawrence J Murphy

Varnum LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Lawrence Murphy defends organizations and individuals against discrimination and harassment complaints, among other matters. He also handles a range of noncontentious matters.

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Band 2

Kienbaum Opperwall Hardy & Pelton, P.L.C.

From the Chambers USA guide

Eric Pelton is a highly regarded attorney who handles employment litigation and traditional labor work. He is experienced in handling discrimination and harassment claims.

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Band 2

Barnes & Thornburg LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Robert Sikkel has "an incredible knowledge base in the area of labor law," reports one client. He often handles collective bargaining negotiations and labor strategy work in connection with M&A.

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Band 2

Butzel Long

From the Chambers USA guide

The "very smart" Daniel Tukel chairs the department and works with both public and private entities in employment disputes. He has a specialty in representing clients in the higher education sector.

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Band 3

Dykema Gossett PLLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Robert Boonin has a specialty in public contract and education law, and often advises clients on wrongful termination and discrimination claims. Sources say he is a "very well-attuned negotiator and understands the process well."

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Band 3

Barnes & Thornburg LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Keith Brodie has an impressive practice that sees him advise on union-organizing matters and defend against NLRB unfair labor charges, among other matters. Clients appreciate his "very clear thinking, clear communication and very high-quality advice."

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Band 3

Miller Johnson

From the Chambers USA guide

David Buday is adept at representing employers in employment disputes and traditional labor issues. Clients note: "He is phenomenal: He knows our business inside out and quickly resolves any issues."

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Band 3

National Employment Counsel, PLLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Linda Burwell of National Employment Counsel, PLLC has noted capabilities in internal investigations. Clients say her "knowledge of the law is terrific. She is a valuable resource."

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Band 3

Bodman PLC

From the Chambers USA guide

John Cashen regularly advises clients who face charges of discrimination, sexual harassment and wrongful discharge claims in federal and state courts. One client notes: "He is very good at explaining complex situations, a good listener, very thorough and very accessible."

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Band 3

Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Thomas Cattel is highlighted by interviewees for his "experience, skills and responsiveness." He regularly works with clients in the retail, health and manufacturing sectors on employment disputes.

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Band 3

Butzel Long

From the Chambers USA guide

Carey DeWitt goes "above and beyond," say clients, who regularly work with him on discrimination cases and contract disputes. "He understands our needs and who all the key stakeholders are, and is extremely responsive whenever we reach out," says a source.

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Band 3

William B. Forrest, III

Kienbaum Opperwall Hardy & Pelton, P.L.C.

From the Chambers USA guide

William Forrest works with a range of local and national clients on employment disputes. He also handles traditional labor matters.

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Band 3

John P Hancock Jr

Butzel Long

From the Chambers USA guide

John Hancock has over 40 years of experience in the field and handles issues such as collective bargaining negotiations. He is also adept at advising on OSHA litigation.

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Band 3

Susan Hartmus Hiser

The Murray Law Group, P.C.

From the Chambers USA guide

Susan Hartmus Hiser often represents employers in multiplaintiff harassment and disparate treatment cases. She works with both public and private sector clients.

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Band 3

Jackson Lewis P.C.

From the Chambers USA guide

Maurice Jenkins of Jackson Lewis P.C. is "a class act" who advises on employment disputes and traditional labor matters. He handles whistle-blower investigations and litigation, among other matters.

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Band 3

Varnum LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

David Khorey advises on matters such as collective bargaining negotiations. He works with clients from a diverse range of industries including automotive, printing, transportation and healthcare.

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Band 3

Barnes & Thornburg LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Donald Lawless's practice focuses on advising clients in the pharmaceutical, food processing, higher education and service industries on labor and employment issues. "He really connects with our mission and core values; he understands our industry," states a client.

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Band 3

Nemeth Law, PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Patricia Nemeth is a sole practitioner who assists clients with a range of employment disputes, including discrimination claims. She also acts in arbitrations and investigations.

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Band 3

Bodman PLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Karen Piper focuses her practice on workplace law, education law and related litigation. One source reports: "She is extremely knowledgeable in her field and very attentive. She is the go-to person when it comes to labor law issues in this area."

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Band 3

James S Rosenfeld

Butzel Long

From the Chambers USA guide

James Rosenfeld"brings a very practical approach to issues" and is "a problem solver," report interviewees. He litigates a range of employment matters, as well as advising on traditional labor matters.

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Band 3

William D Sargent

Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

William Sargent"relates very well with all levels of clients," say sources. He advises on a range of disputes, including wage and hour, discrimination and wrongful discharge cases.

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Up and Coming

Christopher Trebilcock

Clark Hill PLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Christopher Trebilcock is "fantastic on the labor relations side" and "good at negotiating and communicating with unions," say sources. He often advises employers on reductions in workforce.

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