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LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT LAW

LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT LAW ATTORNEYS

REPRESENTATION YOU NEED, WHEN & WHERE YOU NEED IT

LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT LAW GMH represents both public and private sector employers in connection with problems associated with the employer-employee relationship. This work involves substantial contact with numerous governmental agencies, including the Michigan Employment Relations Commission, Michigan Department of Civil Rights, Department of Labor, Teacher Tenure Commission, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Bureau of Workers’ Disability Compensation. In addition, our attorneys are involved extensively in arbitration matters on behalf of municipal clients and defending them in discrimination matters under both State and Federal law. These attorneys engage in a considerable amount of trial work, in both administrative settings and in State and Federal courts. Our role often places us in negotiations of many collective bargaining agreements and compulsory arbitration involving those collective bargaining agreements on behalf of municipal clients. GMH is actively representing the following communities in labor law matters: Charter Township of Brownstown: We are handling all aspects of the Township’s labor relations matters, including but not limited to, Act 312 arbitrations, grievance arbitrations, contract negotiations, labor litigation, as well as general litigation matters. In addition, we are handling civil rights complaints through either the Michigan Department of Civil Rights or the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, factfinding matters, mediation as conducted through the Michigan Employment Relations Commission, unfair labor practice charge hearings. In addition, we have been substantially involved in preparing employment contracts for department heads and top administrators.

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STEPHEN L. HITCHCOCK

Mr. Baran concentrates his practice in matters relating to employment and commercial disputes, including cases involving breach of contract, discrimination, harassment, wrongful discharge, and agreements restricting competition. He has a broad experience as a counselor and advisor to employers across the Midwest, and provides proactive assistance in avoiding disputes and legal exposure while achieving the employer’s desired objectives. Mr. Baran has negotiated many executive employment agreements.

Mr. Hitchcock concentrates in the areas of municipal law litigation, employee benefits, and business transactions. He has extensive experience in municipal matters over the past 26 years, handling municipal government and school board issues. He also represents a number of insurance companies in litigation defense, fringe benefits, disability and other employment-related litigation.

Chair, Employment and Labor Law Section

We believe we have a unique mixture of general experience and specific expertise which provides a number of advantages to our clients. We are large enough to provide necessary representation and advice in the event of an emergency but small enough so that clients know that they are each important and that their problems will not be lost in the bureaucracy found in larger law firms. Attorneys in the Employment Law group devote their time to the representation of public and private sector employers in connection with problems associated with the employer-employee relationship. Their work involves substantial contact with numerous governmental agencies, including the Michigan Employment Relations Commission, the Teacher Tenure Commission, the Michigan Department of Civil Rights, the Department of Labor, the National Labor Relations Board, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Bureau of Worker’s Disability Compensation.

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THOMAS BARLOW Labor and Employment

Mr. Barlow has over 30 years of experience representing management in virtually all aspects of employment and labor law. His experience in traditional labor law includes negotiation and administration of collective bargaining agreements, as well as litigation of employment cases. He defends allegations of discrimination and harassment, wrongful dismissal, and retaliation. Mr. Barlow counsels employers on maintaining a union-free workplace, as well as the prevention of labor disputes.

JOHN C. CLARK

Chair, Municipal and Government Mr. Clark concentrates his practice in the areas of labor and employment law, servicing clients in both the public and private sector. He has been a member of the firm since 1995. In addition, he is a certified employment arbitrator through the American Arbitration Association overseeing complicated employment matters litigated by both public and private sector claimants.

ANTHONY CHUBB

Municipal and Government, Labor and Employment Mr. Chubb is a shareholder in the firm’s municipal group. He has over a decade of experience representing municipalities and governmental entities in the areas of labor and employment law, governmental immunity, prosecution, water quality and rate setting defense, medical and recreational marijuana regulation, and administrative law.

KENNETH B. CHAPIE

Labor and Employment, Education Law Mr. Chapie is a shareholder in the firm’s Municipal and Education Practice Group. He represents public school districts, municipalities and employers against claims of wrongful discharge, employment discrimination, harassment breach of contract, retaliation, wage and hour laws, and family medical leave laws. Additionally, Mr. Chapie has experience in counseling and advising clients on their employment agreements, employment policies, non-compete agreements, disciplinary actions, WARN Act compliance, FMLA compliance and ADA compliance.

JOHN L. MILLER

Labor and Employment, Education Law Mr. Miller is a shareholder in the Firm’s litigation group. He represents public school districts and municipalities in a wide array of litigation—including: employment, FOIA and Open Meetings Act, general education, special education, civil rights, constitutional law, personal injury claims, and workers’ compensation. Mr. Miller has represented governmental entities and private employers throughout Michigan’s state and federal courts—both at the trial and appellate levels, including the Michigan Supreme Court and United States Supreme Court.

Employment and Labor Law, Municipal

SALVATORE A. AMODEO

Education Law, Employment and Labor Law Mr. Amodeo is an attorney in the firm’s litigation practice group and focuses his practice on the defense of public school districts, municipalities, and hospitals. He represents clients in claims of wrongful discharge, employment discrimination, harassment, breach of contract, retaliation, wage and hour laws, and family medical leave laws. Mr. Amodeo assists public and intermediate school districts with civil rights suits and constitutional law claims, Title IX claims, peer-on-peer harassment claims, and personal injury claims.

RYAN L. PERRY

Employment and Labor Law Mr. Perry is an equity partner at the firm and specializes in commercial litigation, business and employment law. He assists businesses and business owners in all areas of commercial litigation and arbitration including breach of contract, shareholder disputes, non-competition issues, collection actions and wrongful discharge. He has extensive experience in these areas and is known for his aggressive pursuit of his client’s claims.

JOHN R. FLEMING Litigation

Mr. Fleming is an associate in our Business Litigation Group. His primary area of practice is in defending physicians of all specialties and hospitals in complex medical malpractice lawsuits. Mr. Fleming has also successfully negotiated settlements on business disputes and has represented leading safety technology companies in multimillion dollar lawsuits.

GEOFFREY S. WAGNER Litigation

Mr. Wagner is a shareholder in our Litigation Group. He concentrates his practice in the areas of commercial litigation, employment law, family law and personal injury. Mr. Wagner has an “AV” Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest possible ranking for ethical standards and legal ability.

DENNIS M. RAUSS Litigation

Mr. Rauss concentrates his practice in the areas of business litigation, real estate, employment and family law. Mr. Rauss has an “AV” Peer Review rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest ranking by peers for general ethical standards and legal ability.

JUSTIN MORGAN Litigation

Mr. Morgan is an associate in the firm’s Business Litigation Group. His primary areas of practice are commercial litigation, employment and real estate matters. Prior to becoming an attorney, Mr. Morgan devoted several years working with the Michigan State Senate.

ELIZABETH A. FAVARO Litigation

Ms. Favaro is a shareholder in our Business Litigation Group, focusing her practice on defending corporations in product liability, consumer, personal injury, and commercial matters. She also represents a variety of small to mid-sized companies in various commercial and employment matters, including non-compete agreements, trade secrets, insurance coverage, and franchise law.

City of Taylor: We are handling all aspects of the City’s labor relations matters, including but not limited to, Act 312 arbitrations, grievance arbitrations, contract negotiations, labor litigation, as well as general litigation matters. In addition, we are handling civil rights complaints through either the Michigan Department of Civil Rights or the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, fact-finding matters, mediation as conducted through the Michigan Employment Relations Commission and unfair labor practice charge hearings. In addition, we have been substantially involved in preparing employment contracts for department heads and top administrators. Charter Township of Redford: We are handling all aspects of the Township’s labor relations matters, including but not limited to, Act 312 arbitrations, grievance arbitrations, contract negotiations, labor litigation, as well as general litigation matters. In addition, we are handling civil rights complaints through either the Michigan Department of Civil Rights or the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, factfinding matters, mediation as conducted through the Michigan Employment Relations Commission and unfair labor practice charge hearings. In addition, we have been substantially involved in preparing employment contracts for department heads and top administrators. City of Ecorse: We are handling certain aspects of the City’s labor relations matters, including but not limited to, Act 312 arbitrations, grievance arbitrations, contract negotiations, labor litigation, as well as general litigation matters. In addition, we have handled civil rights complaints through either the Michigan Department of Civil Rights or the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, fact-finding matters, mediation as conducted through the Michigan Employment Relations Commission, unfair labor practice charge hearings. Some of our other municipalities also, from time to time, have human resource issues that we are called upon to provide advice. In addition, we have provided legal services to the following communities: Cities of Belleville, Trenton, Southgate, Montrose, Port Huron, Ferndale, Hazel Park, Grosse Pointe, St. Clair Shores and Sterling Heights. Other types of offerings include: • Motion practice • Mediation/facilitation hearings • Redemption hearings • Workers’ Compensation Appellate Commission appeals • Appeals to the Michigan Court of Appeals and Michigan Supreme Court • Provider disputes • Collections

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