Thacker, William


Bowling Green State University

  • cum laude 1993

University of Toledo

J.D., 1996
  • magna cum laude
  • Order of the Coif
  • Phi Kappa Phi
  • Outstanding College of Law Graduate, May 1996
  • Executive Editor, University of Toledo Law Review

Bar Admission



William Thacker


Prominent Assignments

Practice includes traditional labor matters, employment litigation and day-to-day counseling of clients on the various employee and labor relations issues that arise within their organizations.

Represents clients in unfair labor practice cases and representation hearings before the NLRB and MERC.

Advises clients during representation campaigns and elections.

Negotiates collective bargaining agreements and represents clients in grievance arbitration proceedings.

Counsels clients on collective bargaining agreement construction and application and often addresses issues of union avoidance.

Represents employers in employment litigation in various state and federal forums, such as wrongful termination, whistleblower, sexual harassment and discrimination cases.

Represented Oakwood Healthcare, Inc. in a significant charge nurse/supervisor status case before the NLRB. The Oakwood decision, and its companion cases, established the current standard by which such cases are adjudicated.

Has represented Oakwood Healthcare, the Detroit Medical Center and other employers in complex representation hearings before the NLRB.

Assists clients in the development and drafting of employment contracts and non-competition agreements and litigates issues arising out of such agreements.

Admitted to practice in both Michigan and Ohio

Representative Clients

  • Allegiance Health
  • Diversified Computer Supplies
  • Jackson Public Schools
  • NSF International
  • Washtenaw Community College

Professional Involvement

  • American Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association


  • 2015 The NLRB and Non-Union Employers, ICLE Labor & Employment Law Institute, Inn at St. John’s, Plymouth
  • 2014 Right to Work – One Year Later, ICLE Labor & Employment Law Institute, Inn at St. Johns, Plymouth, Michigan
  • 2007 The Board's Post-Kentucky River "Supervisor" Decisions: Possible Implications in other Knowledge-Based Industries. Are these Decisions "Among the Most Important in the Board's History?" ABA Midwinter Meeting, Section of Labor and Employment Law, committee on the Development of the Law Under the National Labor Relations Act, Kohala Coast Hawaii
  • 2005 Legal Considerations for Health Management Plans, Jackson, MI
  • 2002 Understanding Employment Law, Ann Arbor, MI
  • 2001 Top Ten Things to Consider Regarding Mandatory Arbitration Agreements, Washtenaw County Bar Association, Ann Arbor, MI
  • 2001 Employment Law Update, Jackson, MI
  • 2001 Compensation and Employment Law Update, Michigan College and University Personnel Association, Saginaw Valley State University, University Center, MI