Labor & Employment Litigation

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Nationally recognized for excellence, Dickinson Wright’s labor and employment practice is committed to the vigorous representation of public and private employers in state and federal court in discrimination, whistleblower, wrongful termination, workers’ compensation and other labor and employment litigation. We believe that effective legal advocacy requires not just comprehensive knowledge of the law, but also a thorough understanding of our clients’ businesses. By knowing our clients’ business needs and goals, we defend individual cases and offer advice with an eye toward the bigger picture.

As a group, we bring a creative and cost-effective approach to defending single plaintiff and multiple plaintiff actions. 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 action status is improper or by defeating class certification.

Recognized Experts in the Field

Our trial and arbitration experience stands out, in part because we have long been committed to training new attorneys in these skills early on. We are proud of the reputation we have with judges and the plaintiffs’ bar and are confident that our reputation for excellent and ethical practice directly benefits our clients, whether in the court room or during negotiations. Every member of our group has published work and presented at seminars in his or her particular area of expertise. Simply put, we are known as experts in the field because we are.

Committed to Preventing Litigation when Possible

We understand that our clients want to avoid litigation, so we make every effort to work with our clients to avoid litigation by proactively addressing issues. Our lawyers are experienced in counseling clients regarding virtually any employment or labor law issue, including employment agreements, severance agreements, ADA and FMLA compliance, employee discipline and terminations, harassment claims, workplace violence, privacy, employee handbooks, affirmative action compliance, labor relations and collective bargaining, maintenance of a union-free work environment, mergers and acquisitions, employee benefits, immigration, workforce reductions, ERISA, wage and hour issues, OSHA and MIOSHA and the enforcement of non-competition and confidentiality agreements. In addition to assisting with day-to-day issues in these areas, we offer our clients on-site training and off-site seminars. When the law changes, we make sure our clients are informed immediately.

Significant Expertise in Workers’ Compensation

We also have a significant workers’ compensation practice. Dickinson Wright’s experienced lawyers represent and advise hundreds of businesses regarding all aspects of workers’ compensation. We have successfully represented businesses in workers’ compensation claims at all levels of both the administrative and court systems, and have a well-established history of providing our clients with vigorous defense.

Careful and prompt handling of on-the-job injury claims is critical to successful business management. Our team has the knowledge and experience to help businesses comply with the numerous statutory and regulatory requirements attendant to workers’ compensation claims. We coordinate our defense of workers’ compensation claims with effective defense of such employment law claims as retaliatory discharge, disability and FMLA.
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