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I have practiced with Varnum in its Labor & Employment Group my entire career.  In my work as a neutral, I am affiliated with the American Settlement Centers in Farmington Hills, Michigan.


 


Contested matters:  I am by nature competitive, so I enjoy and am as skilled at a good fight as any of my colleagues in the labor & employment field.  My focus in most cases, however, is to bring them to a resolution that is consistent with our clients' best interests.


 


Client relations:  I strive to be our clients' trusted advisor over the long term, so I believe our first and most fundamental duty is to assist our clients in avoiding disputes.  In an effort to convince clients of the value of consultation on the front end, as opposed to paying for the fight on the back end, I have several telephone and e-mail retainer relationships that allow unlimited access to our Labor & Employment lawyers and their advice for a flat fee per year.  That fee typically falls far short of the value of our time at standard hourly rates and helps eliminate the clients' reluctance to call us on the front end of potential legal problems.


 


Guiding principles:  1) It's important to be good lawyer, but it's more important to be a good man; 2) the two most important lines on a contract are the signature lines; and 3) one derives reward from an organization in direct proportion to that which one gives it without expectation of immediate reward.

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Practice areas

Licensed

  1. Employment: 60%
  2. Lawsuits & Disputes: 20%
  3. Administrative Law: 20%

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Free consultation (120 minutes)

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Varnum LLP

160 W. Fort St.
5th Floor
Detroit, MI, 48226

Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
WIGood Standing199903/24/2015
MIActive And In Good Standing197605/14/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Awards
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Top Lawyer - Labor & EmploymentDBusiness Top Lawyers2014
Super LawyerMichigan Super Lawyers2010
Best Lawyer - Labor & EmploymentBest Lawyers in America2006
FellowCollege of Labor & Employment Lawyers2000
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Attorney/PartnerVarnum LLP1983 - Present
Attorney/PartnerSchmidt, Howlett, Van't Hof, Snell and Vana1976 - 1983
Associations
Association namePosition nameDuration
Oakland County Bar Association - ADR CommitteeMember, Vice Chair and Chair2011 - Present
National Association of Professional Employer OrganizationsMember, Legal Affairs Council2010 - Present
State Bar of Michigan, Alternative Dispute Resolution SectionMember, Council Member2010 - Present
Federal Bar Association (ED Mich)Member2009 - Present
American Bar Association, Employment Rights and Responsibilities CommitteeMember2008 - Present
Oakland County Bar AssociationMember2005 - Present
American Bar AssociationLabor & Employment Section1976 - Present
State Bar of MichiganMember1976 - Present
State Bar of Michigan, Labor and Employment Law SectionMember1976 - Present
ABA Labor & Employment Section, Committee on State Labor Law DevelopmentsMember and Co-Chair1998 - 2008
Kalamazoo County Bar AssociationMember1989 - 2005
ABA Labor & Employment Section - Committee on Unemployment Insurance LawMember and Co-Chair1986 - 1998
ABA Labor & Employment Section - Committee on NLRA Practice and ProcedureMember1979 - 1985
Grand Rapids Bar AssociationMember1976 - 1989
Publications
Publication nameTitleDate
ICLE Employment Law in MichiganChapter on Unemployment Insurance Law2015
State Bar Labor & Employment Law Section's LaborLawNotesMichigan Supreme Court Update2015
Education
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Washington and Lee UniversityN/AJD - Juris Doctor1976
Denison UniversityHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1973
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Michigan SHRM Annual ConferenceState and Federal Legislative Update2014
Jackson, Michigan SHRM LuncheonThe Hiring Model2014
ICLE Labor & Employment SeminarThe Hiring Model2011
ICLE Annual Labor & Employment Law SeminarUnemployment Insurance Law & Practice2010
Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants Annual CPE ConferenceUnemployment Insurance Law & Practice2007