Traverse City Employment Lawyers

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Dean Elliott
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Royal Oak, MI Employment Law Lawyer with 20 years experience
(248) 251-0001 201 East Fourth Street
Royal Oak, MI 48067
Free ConsultationEmployment, Business, Civil Rights and Criminal
University of Detroit Mercy
Co-Counsel on the largest police misconduct verdict in Michigan history and the largest verdict in Michigan this year! On November 3, 2016, a jury in the United States District Court in the Eastern District of Michigan returned a $36,600,000 against Genesee County Deputies for using excessive force against a man arrested for drunken driving. Click the link below for details. This is one of many seven figure verdicts and settlements that I have obtained for my clients in civil rights and personal injury cases. http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2016/11/06/jury-awards-36m-verdict-genesee-county-police-brutality-case/93287248/ In addition to civil...
Julie Gafkay
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Frankenmuth, MI Employment Law Lawyer with 24 years experience
(877) 524-4529 175 S. Main Street
Frankenmuth, MI 48734
Employment, Business, Civil Rights and Personal Injury
Julie A. Gafkay graduated from Michigan State University in 1992 with a dual major in criminal justice and political theory. She graduated from Whittier Law School in 1995 with honors. Her first position was in Flint, Michigan focusing on civil rights and employment discrimination. In 2003, Attorney Gafkay opened her own statewide practice in Frankenmuth, Michigan. The practice's attorneys provide a general practice to the local area providing legal services in Wills, Trusts, Estate Planning, Elder Law, Business Planning, contract review, landlord/tenant issues, real estate, employment issues and other general practice areas. Attorney Gafkay has...
Rabih Hamawi
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Southfield, MI Employment Law Attorney with 4 years experience
(248) 905-1133 2000 Town Center, Suite 1900
Southfield, MI 48075
Free ConsultationEmployment, Insurance Claims, Personal Injury and Real Estate
Western Michigan University
Mr. Hamawi focuses his practice on representing policyholders in property-damage disputes with insurers and in errors-and-omissions cases against insurance agents. He holds licenses in Property, Casualty, Life, Accident, and Health insurance. He is a Licensed multiple lines Property and Casualty, Life, Accident, and Health Insurance Counselor (LIC). He earned the Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter (CPCU®), Certified Insurance Consultant (CIC), and Certified Risk Manager (CRM) designations.
Louis C. Szura
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Southfield, MI Employment Law Attorney with 16 years experience
(248) 716-3600 29777 Telegraph Road
Suite 2475
Southfield, MI 48034
Employment, Business, Family and Health Care
Cornell Law School and University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
Louis C. Szura practices in the area of health care law and business litigation. Mr. Szura focuses on advising and representing health care providers from all areas on the formation and operations of their businesses and in various types of litigation. He has experience with practice formation; contract negotiations; employment disputes; management contracts; noncompete agreements; insurance and network provider disputes; HIPAA; Stark; AKS; and other compliance and license issues. Mr. Szura has also represented numerous whistleblowers under the federal False Claims Act, Michigan Medicaid Act, and other similar statutes. He is an active council member of the State Bar of...
Jesse Young
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Grand Rapids, MI Employment Law Lawyer with 11 years experience
(269) 321-2311 40 Pearl Street NW
5th Floor
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Employment
Western Michigan University
Jesse Young is an employment litigation attorney. As a member of Kreis Enderle’s Business and Employment Group, he represents individuals and businesses involved in serious employment disputes including but not limited to issues of severance negotiations, discrimination, retaliation, whistleblowing activity, employment contracts, terminations, and compliance.

In addition, Jesse also has extensive experience with – and is probably best known for – handling wage and hour disputes arising under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and similar state laws. In this regard, he has represented businesses and individuals nationwide dealing with the payment of minimum wages and/or overtime, classification of employees,...
Matthew Turner
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Southfield, MI Employment Law Attorney with 27 years experience
(248) 746-4039 1 Towne Square
Ste 1700
Southfield, MI 48076
Employment, Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury
Detroit College of Law
Matthew Turner is a senior shareholder with Sommers Schwartz, and focuses his practice on medical malpractice, legal malpractice, ERISA, and class action matters.

Fighting for and protecting the rights of his clients is the most important part of Matt’s profession. During law school, he was a law clerk for Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Richard Kuhn, and after graduation, he joined his family’s law firm where he litigated a broad range of matters involving business disputes, employment discrimination, dental malpractice, auto accident, slip and fall, and significant cases of death and catastrophic loss.

Matt has appeared before the United States Supreme Court,...
Scot C. Putzig
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Saginaw, MI Employment Law Attorney with 6 years experience
(989) 799-5000 5195 Hampton Pl
Saginaw, MI 48604
Employment, Business, Estate Planning and Real Estate
University of Notre Dame
Scot focuses on business law, real estate development, employment law, estate planning, probate, and commercial litigation. He received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan and his J.D., with cum laude honors, from the Notre Dame Law School. While at Notre Dame, Scot was an editor with the Journal of Legislation and clerked for the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan in Flint, MI, and the Michigan Supreme Court in Lansing, MI. After graduating from Notre Dame Law School, Scot clerked with the Michigan Court of Appeals in Grand Rapids, MI. In January of...
Rod Johnston
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Southfield, MI Employment Law Lawyer with 5 years experience
(248) 746-4055 1 Towne Square
Ste 1700
Southfield, MI 48076
Employment
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
Rod Johnston is a member of the Complex Litigation Group, participating in the firm’s direct and class action litigation on behalf of those harmed as a result of wage and overtime violations and consumer fraud.

After earning his Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and MBA from Wayne State University, Rod had an extensive career in the commercial real estate industry and was responsible for various development, leasing, and investment activities. He then pursued his Juris Doctor at WMU Cooley Law School, where he also served as a student attorney in the Estate Planning Clinic before graduating magna cum laude in 2015.
Alexander Stotland
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Bloomfield Hills, MI Employment Law Attorney with 21 years experience
(248) 335-5000 1760 South Telegraph Road
Suite 300
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302
Employment, Arbitration & Mediation, Business and Securities
Hofstra University
James Rasor
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Royal Oak, MI Employment Law Attorney with 26 years experience
(248) 796-0334 201 E. Fourth Street
Royal Oak, MI 48067
Employment, Criminal, Divorce and Personal Injury
University of Detroit Mercy School of Law
After graduating the University of Detroit School of Law, James B. Rasor went on to pursue a diverse legal career. Founding Rasor Law Firm in 1994, he now offers his exceptional legal services in a wide range of practice areas. Mr. Rasor is proud to provide counsel for personal injury claims, criminal defense, and other matters in Royal Oak. He has been named in the list of Top Lawyers by DBusiness for personal injury and has taken numerous trials to verdict over the course of his career. Above all else, Mr. Rasor is committed to providing effective, caring, and personalized...
Jennifer Salvatore
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Northville, MI Employment Law Attorney with 22 years experience
(248) 679-8711 105 E. Main St.
Northville, MI 48167
Employment, Business and Civil Rights
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
Jennifer Salvatore is a partner at Salvatore Prescott, PLLC and an AV-rated lawyer, which is the highest Martindale Hubble peer review ranking for ethics and legal ability. She practices in the areas of employment, civil rights, and business litigation and represents a wide range of individuals in difficult employment transitions, including executives and other professionals in employment and contract disputes. Jennifer has a particular interest in sex discrimination cases, and has handled many high profile matters involving sex harassment and other gender issues. She also has a busy practice representing students, including in Title IX litigation and internal...
Adam M Taub
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Ann Arbor, MI Employment Law Attorney with 5 years experience
(888) 312-7173 101 North Main Street
Suite 555
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Employment, Civil Rights, Education and Health Care
University of Connecticut School of Law
Adam M. Taub is a graduate of the University of Michigan and University of Connecticut School of Law. He is licensed to practice law in Michigan, Massachusetts, and Connecticut. Adam joined NachtLaw in January 2018 after working at Miller Cohen P.L.C. for over three years as an Associate Attorney. He has represented numerous individuals and labor unions against employers in federal and state courts, as well as administrative agencies, including EEOC, OSHA, NLRB, and MERC. He primarily focuses on labor and employment law.

While in law school, Adam served as a member of the Connecticut Law Review. He also received...
Todd Knecht
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Grand Rapids, MI Employment Law Lawyer with 37 years experience
(616) 308-4716 PO Box 68292
Grand Rapids, MI 49516
Employment
University of Detroit Mercy School of Law
EMPLOYMENT LAW. Over 35 years of experience in the field of complex employment litigation and employment law matters, including EEOC investigations, wrongful discharge, sexual harassment and discrimination claims, wage-hour violations, FMLA, ADA, defamation, breach of contract, retaliation, whistleblower and a variety of other employment-related claims.
SEVERANCE AGREEMENTS. We have successfully negotiated numerous severance agreements on behalf of employers as well as key employees in a variety of industries throughout West Michigan.
NONCOMPETE, NONSOLICITATION AGREEMENTS. We have extensive experience in the enforcement and/or defense of noncompete, nonsolicitation and other restrictive agreements.
TRADE SECRETS, CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION. We also have significant expertise with preparing...
Jeffrey D. Maynard
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St. Clair Shores, MI Employment Law Lawyer with 21 years experience
(586) 944-2656 22201 Harper Avenue
St. Clair Shores, MI 48080
Free ConsultationEmployment, Business, Civil Rights and IP
Michigan State University
Maynard Law Assoicates, PLLC is a full service law firm established in 1999. Our experienced attorneys provide top notch representation to clients throughout the State of Michigan on any legal matter. CALL US FIRST. Paying the highest fee does not mean getting the best lawyer. We provide thorough and agressive representation at a FAIR PRICE. We will work with your budget to tailor a fee that you can afford, without compromising service. If you face any type of legal issue, CALL US FIRST. We will be thoroughly prepared and fight for you. Choosing the right lawyer is one of the most important...
Frank DeLuca
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Bloomfield Hills, MI Employment Law Lawyer with 31 years experience
(248) 940-2000 409000 Woodward Ave.
Suite 140
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304
Free ConsultationEmployment, Business, Consumer and Products Liability
University of Detroit Mercy School of Law
For 30 years, I have devoted my litigation practice to business, commercial, product liability, and trust disputes. Through my trial practice, I have appeared as trial counsel in numerous federal and state courts, as well as administrative agencies and mediation and arbitration tribunals. I have successfully represented and obtained verdicts, judgments, awards and settlements for a list of valued clients that include major automobile manufacturers, suppliers, dealers, and finance companies, as well as closely held businesses and their owners, families, and individuals. In the commercial arena, I have pursued, defended, and managed complex litigation in a broad array of actions,...
Lance Young
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Southfield, MI Employment Law Lawyer with 26 years experience
(866) 443-4145 1 Towne Square
Ste 1700
Southfield, MI 48076
Employment, Antitrust, Consumer and Securities
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
Lance Young is a senior shareholder at Sommers Schwartz, P.C., and co-chairs the firm’s Complex Litigation Department. For almost twenty years, Lance has successfully represented investors, employees, consumers, and other injured parties in high-profile class actions and multidistrict proceedings involving violations of federal and state securities, antitrust, wage and hour, and consumer protection laws. His current cases include the nationally publicized In Re Auto Parts Antitrust Litigation and multi-state Real Estate Transfer Tax litigation, along with several vehicle defect cases pending against major auto manufacturers. He also co-manages and supports the firm’s busy Fair Labor Standards Act practice
Ronnie Cromer
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Southfield, MI Employment Law Lawyer
(248) 809-6790 24901 Northwestern Hwy.
Suite 612
Southfield, MI 48075
Free ConsultationEmployment, Business, Civil Rights and Workers' Comp
University of Detroit Mercy School of Law
Michigan lawyers proudly representing divorce, criminal, business, employment, wrongful death, discrimination, police brutality, civil rights and insurance claim denial clients. Free consultation.
Anne Buckleitner
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St. Joseph, MI Employment Law Lawyer with 33 years experience
(269) 985-0561 519 Main Street
St. Joseph, MI 49085
Employment, Civil Rights, Criminal and Personal Injury
Valparaiso University School of Law
Anne Buckleitner puts her more than 30 years in government and law to work for clients in the areas of civil rights, employment law, criminal defense, facilitative mediation and neutral workplace investigations. She litigates in both federal and state courts. Anne is an accomplished litigator and counselor, an experienced problem solver, and a strong advocate. Through negotiation, litigation, and mediation, Anne identifies and obtains the best possible results for her clients. Anne makes good communication with her clients a priority.

Anne was born and raised in St. Joseph, Michigan. She spent the first chapter of her career working for the federal...
Charles Ash IV
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Southfield, MI Employment Law Lawyer with 10 years experience
(248) 746-4586 1 Towne Square
Ste 1700
Southfield, MI 48076
Employment, Consumer and Personal Injury
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
Rob Ash is an associate in Sommers Schwartz’s Complex Litigation groups. A substantial portion of Rob’s practice is devoted to collective and class actions arising under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and similar state laws, and he appears in state and federal courts across the United States to represent employees against their corporate employers.

Rob also represents clients involved in personal injury actions and other kinds of employment disputes apart from wage and overtime abuse. Over the course of his career, he has recovered millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts for people who have been seriously injured as the...
Joseph Marc Vezina
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Lake Orion, MI Employment Law Lawyer with 24 years experience
(248) 558-2701 18 S Broadway St
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Lake Orion, MI 48362
Employment, Business, Education and Health Care
Robert L. Reilman
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Kalamazoo, MI Employment Law Attorney with 11 years experience
(269) 216-9164 137 N. Park, Suite 101A
Kalamazoo, MI 49007
Free ConsultationEmployment, Appeals, Civil Rights and Family
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
I am an attorney located in Kalamazoo Michigan. I practice in employment and labor law for employee clients. I also do general practice, family law, and constitutional law. At the moment, I am generally free to take consultations and new clients. I offer affordable hourly rates and low contigency fee percentages.
David Foy
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Detroit, MI Employment Law Attorney with 31 years experience
(313) 496-1200 535 Griswold St., Suite 1900
Detroit, MI 48226
Employment, Business, Health Care and Municipal
Michigan State University
David Foy has 30 years of experience representing private, nonprofit and municipal employers in all areas of employment law. He has successfully defended employers against claims asserting breach of contract, wrongful discharge, discrimination, harassment and retaliation (age, disability, sex, national origin, race and religion), wage and hour and whistleblower violations. Mr. Foy represents employers before federal and state courts and administrative agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Michigan Department of Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Labor, Michigan Wage and Hour Division, National Labor Relations Board and Michigan Employment Relations Commission. He also represents employers in matters involving enforcement...
Sam Morgan
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Farmington Hills, MI Employment Law Lawyer with 36 years experience
(248) 865-0001 30500 Northwestern Highway, Suite 425
Farmington Hills, MI 48334
Employment and Business
Michigan State University
A trial lawyer since 1984, Sam Morgan has focused his practice on employment rights and business disputes since 1990. Mr. Morgan's practice is primarily litigation, but it also includes providing advice and counsel to both individual employees and management-side clients seeking to resolve their disputes without litigation. Mr. Morgan pursues and defends against employment-related lawsuits, such as breach of employment contract and wrongful discharge claims, age discrimination, sexual harassment, race discrimination, Family and Medical Leave Act, "Whistleblowers" and other unlawful retaliatory discharge claims, non-payment of wages, sales commissions and overtime pay,...
Eric Albert Parzianello
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Plymouth, MI Employment Law Lawyer with 30 years experience
(313) 672-7300 801 W. Ann Arbor Trail
Suite 240
Plymouth, MI 48170
Free ConsultationEmployment, Appeals, Business and Real Estate
University of Detroit Mercy
My practice is concentrated in representing employers and entrepreneurs in all aspects of employment and business law including severance, termination issues, non-compete disputes and in issues involving the protection of proprietary information.

I also represents employers in Fair Labor Standards Act disputes, including those with the Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division. I represent clients in complex commercial litigation regarding these issues at both the trial and appellate levels. A significant portion of my litigation experience has been in business breakups, corporate and partnership dissolutions, securities and shareholder disputes, and related valuation issues. My business litigation experience allows me to...
Simon Edelstein
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Birmingham, MI Employment Law Lawyer with 23 years experience
(248) 645-9680 255 E. Brown St., Suite 320
Birmingham, MI 48009
Employment, Immigration and International
Mr. Edelstein’s practice over the past twenty years has concentrated in large part on the negotiation and structuring of trade and investment transactions in the countries of the former Soviet Union. Mr. Edelstein advises clients investing in Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States. He provides advice on a wide range of commercial, corporate, finance, tax, securities, antitrust, currency control, labor laws and other issues of concern to investors, including acquisitions, joint ventures and privatization.

Mr. Edelstein also represents Russian and other foreign companies doing business in the United States and advises them on developing corporate structures, on regulatory...
Mr. Christopher Harold Tovar
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Howell, MI , MI Employment Law Attorney with 20 years experience
(832) 370-3908 3990 Chilson Road
Howell, MI , MI 48843
Employment, Arbitration & Mediation, Business and Securities
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
Christopher H. Tovar worked in the securities industry as a registered representative with two national brokerage firms before becoming an attorney specializing in securities arbitration before NASD and NYSE (now FINRA) panels and litigation in court settings. He has represented investors seeking redress in cases involving the full range of brokerage negligence and fraud issues, from unsuitability to churning, failure to supervise, selling away, mishandling of incentive stock options, investment banking fraud and conversion. He has also represented brokers and brokerage firms in defending against such claims, as well as brokers who have been wrongfully terminated or who have had...
Cristine Wasserman Rathe
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Flint, MI Employment Law Attorney with 22 years experience
(810) 767-6100 611 W Flint St
Flint, MI 48503
Free ConsultationEmployment, Civil Rights and Personal Injury
Wayne State University Law School
Growing up in Genesee County during the 1980's and 1990's really shaped my desire to work for the middle class and blue color sections of society for it was these sections that I most frequently saw receiving unfair treatment. As far back as a Freshman in high school, I remember being forced to play on substantially inferior softball fields, with uniforms that were riddled with holes, while the male students had new uniforms, pristine fields and the most up to date equipment. This unfair and illegal disparity in treatment between the genders has carried on into my adult...
Mr. Trevor A Stewart
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Northville, MI Employment Law Lawyer with 6 years experience
(248) 912-0670 41000 West Seven Mile Road, Ste 230
Northville, MI 48167
Free ConsultationEmployment, Business, Construction and Estate Planning
University of Detroit Mercy
Our attorneys have over 28 years of experience in serving our client's personal and business legal needs in several practice areas. We are fully committed to zealously protecting our client's interests through diligent representation.
Angela Walker
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Ann Arbor, MI Employment Law Attorney with 15 years experience
(734) 929-4313 221 N. Main Street, Suite 300
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Employment and Civil Rights
University of Michigan Law School
Angela Walker practices in the areas of employment litigation and counseling. She is active in the disability community, and she is passionate about helping employees with disabilities enforce their rights with regard to ADA accommodations, FMLA leave, and employee benefits matters. She handles complex severance negotiations, and focuses on taking strategic legal action to protect her clients’ careers. Her other specialties include federal employee representation and representation of professionals in licensing disputes.
Nicholas Stephen Kovach
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(248) 972-8891 34705 West Twelve Mile Road
Suite 160
Farmington Hills, MI 48331
Farmington Hills, MI Employment Law Lawyer with 7 years experience
Employment, Estate Planning, Probate and Real Estate
Wayne State University Law School
Bruce A. Sucher
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West Bloomfield, MI Employment Law Lawyer with 45 years experience
(248) 626-5555 6230 Orchard Lake Rd Ste 105
West Bloomfield, MI 48322
Free ConsultationEmployment, Collections, Criminal and Family
University of Louisville
Marc Asch
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Kalamazoo, MI Employment Law Attorney with 9 years experience
(617) 653-8184 Barrister Building
137 N Park St, Suite 201B
Kalamazoo, MI 49007
Employment and Immigration
Villanova University School of Law
David E. Ryan
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Kalamazoo, MI Employment Law Lawyer with 24 years experience
(269) 275-4085 229 E Michigan Ave Ste 245
Kalamazoo, MI 49007
Free ConsultationEmployment, Business, Municipal and Real Estate
Drake University Law School
Over 20 years actively practicing law in Southern Michigan. I was a partner at a large law firm for several years, but now I operate my own small firm. Because of that, we have significantly reduced overhead compared to large law firms. This means we can provide clients with the highest quality legal services at a lower expense.
Jeff Herron
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Ann Arbor, MI Employment Law Lawyer with 34 years experience
(734) 277-0913 212 E. Huron St
Suite 200
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Free ConsultationEmployment, Appeals, Business and Civil Rights
Wayne State University Law School
Jeff brings almost 30 years of experience to help clients achieve their goals. He's a leader in fighting for health care practitioners in medical staffing disputes, but also represent employees from all walks of life in wrongful termination, discrimination, overtime and whistleblower cases. Physicians and other medical staff members rely on Mr. Herron to vigrously defend their rights when faced with discipline or corrective action. In 2006 he represented the plaintiff before the Michigan Supreme Court in Bruce Feyz, M.D. v. Mercy Memorial Hospital, succesfully challenging 25 years of Michigan law that restricted a physician's access to the...
Raymond Sterling
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Bloomfield Hills, MI Employment Law Attorney with 37 years experience
(248) 644-1500 33 Bloomfield Hills Parkway
Suite 250
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304
Employment
University of Michigan Law School
Stephen A Wood
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Southfield, MI Employment Law Lawyer with 42 years experience
(248) 353-8830 24750 Lahser Road
Suite 100
Southfield, MI 48033
Free ConsultationEmployment, Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury and Workers' Comp
Collin D. Dickey
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Southfield, MI Employment Law Lawyer with 5 years experience
(248) 359-7524 28400 Northwestern Highway
Second Floor
Southfield, MI 48034
Employment, Business, Elder and Estate Planning
Collin focuses his practice at the Maddin Hauser Law Firm primarily in estate planning and elder law. Collin has significant experience in financial advising, assisting clients with investment decisions and taxation matters, and is well versed in handling legal inquiries involving the IRS and the State of Michigan.
Collin holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia and his Juris Doctor from Thomas M. Cooley Law School.
After completing his legal education, Collin worked as a Judicial Law Clerk in the 6th Circuit Court of Oakland County for the Honorable Karen D. McDonald, where he gained valuable exposure to...
Fred Gibson
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Clinton Township, MI Employment Law Lawyer with 33 years experience
(810) 523-3030 Knollwood Professional Center, Ste 1-D
17001 19 Mile Rd (just east of Garfield Rd)
Clinton Township, MI 48038
Free ConsultationEmployment, Civil Rights and Criminal
Michigan State University
I was a Michigan State Police Trooper for 10 years before attaining my Law Degree. I commenced my law practice working for the Law Firm that represented the Detroit Police Officer's Association. I represent corporate entities and individuals in State Courts and the United States Federal Courts.
Joey Scott Niskar
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Farmington Hills, MI Employment Law Lawyer with 24 years experience
(248) 702-6262 28470 13 Mile Rd., Ste. 350
Farmington Hills, MI 48334
Employment and Civil Rights
University of Detroit Mercy School of Law and Michigan State University
Handling employment and civil rights cases under (1) the Family & Medical Leave Act; (2) Title VII of the Civil Rights Act involving race discrimination, sex discrimination, sexual harassment, religious discrimination, pregnancy discrimination, etc. (3) the Age Discrimination in Employment Act; (4) the Michigan Whistleblower Protection Act; (5) the Fair Labor Standards Act; (6) Americans with Disabilities Act; (7) USERRA actions on behalf of the men and women of the U.S. military (active and reserves); (8) worker's compensation retaliation claims; and (9) much more.
Seth Seidell
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Rochester, MI Employment Law Lawyer with 23 years experience
(248) 413-6117 805 Oakwood Drive, Suite 202
Rochester, MI 48307
Free ConsultationEmployment, Business, Construction and IP
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
Seth was born and grew up in Northern Michigan. Prior to and while going to college he worked in the construction field with a general contracting firm. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from Oakland University in 1992. He received his Juris Doctorate (Cum Laude, Law Review) from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 1997. During law school, he clerked for a mid-sized, full service law firm as well as for the Michigan Attorney General’s office. He began his law career working for a short period of time for both a construction and asbestos litigation firm....
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Employment law governs the relationship between workers and their employers. This law, contained in federal and state statutes, administrative regulations, and judicial decisions, specifies the rights and restrictions applicable to each party in the workplace.

This area of law regulates such issues as employee benefits, discipline, hiring, firing, leave, payroll, and health and safety in the workplace. It also encompasses non-compete agreements, retaliation, severance, unemployment compensation, pensions, whistle-blowing, worker classification, wage garnishment, work authorization for non-U.S. citizens, worker's compensation, and employee handbooks.

Both federal and state laws govern the relationship between employees and employers. Federal laws such as Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and Age Discrimination in Employment Act prohibit employers from discriminating against employees based on certain characteristics. Many states have enacted their own laws similar to federal ones (and sometimes are more stringent). Cities and counties also can enact ordinances that affect employee rights, such as local minimum wage laws.

Employment lawyers can choose to accept only employees as clients, only employers, or both. Some attorneys focus on a specific area of employment law, such as workers' compensation, whistleblowing or discrimination, but many can handle a wide range of employment law issues.


Essential job functions: The fundamental job duties of the employment position that the individual with a disability holds or desires. The term essential functions does not include marginal functions of the position.

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