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Dickinson Wright PLLC

Labor & Employment

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What the team is known for

Broad practice known for its expert handling of labor and employment, employee benefits and immigration issues for a diverse client roster. Frequently advises clients in the public and private sectors on labor relations, health and retirement plans, and health and safety compliance. Regularly acts for public and private businesses in the healthcare, automotive, retail and food and drink industries.

Strengths

A client describes the team as "a joy to work with" and praises "its ability to work well with nonlawyer clients and with in-house counsel in a way that instills confidence."

Another client describes the lawyers as "knowledgeable, strategic and accessible."

One interviewee says: "The team is very responsive, with a high-level understanding of the law and excellent grasp of legal strategy."

Work highlights

Achieved a favorable resolution on behalf of Piston Automotive in a case concerning two former employees, both of whom sued the company after being terminated for sexually harassing the other.

Notable practitioners

Angelina Delmastro is an associate within the labor and employment team. She regularly assists with matters ranging from workforce reductions to discrimination claims.
"Angelina is an excellent brief writer who exhibits a good understanding of the facts and legal issues on a case."

Timothy Howlett heads the firm's labor and employment group. As well as handling a wide variety of employment matters, he is also well versed in general commercial litigation.
"Tim is a seasoned employment defense attorney whose vast litigation and trial experience allows him to provide practical guidance on strategy." "He is an excellent lawyer who is responsive and knowledgeable."

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Overview

Dickinson Wright's Labor and Employment Group has more than 30 lawyers in Michigan who possess extensive experience in every aspect of the laws that govern the employment relationship.

A significant part of our practice involves representing public and private employers in state and federal court in discrimination, whistleblower, wrongful termination, and other labor and employment litigation. We are experienced in counseling clients in a number of employment or labor law issues, including employment agreements, immigration, severance agreements, ADA and FMLA compliance, employee discipline and terminations, harassment claims, privacy, employee handbooks, affirmative action compliance, labor relations and collective bargaining, maintenance of a union-free work environment, workforce reductions, wage and hour issues, OSHA and MIOSHA, and the enforcement of non-competition and confidentiality agreements.

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 status is improper or by defeating class certification.

Over the past year, we have significantly expanded our practice in the healthcare industry. We currently represent physician groups, hospitals and health care insurance providers, which has resulted in a significant growth of our employment healthcare practice.

Members

Delmastro, Angelina

Deromedi, David

Howlett, Timothy

Thacker, William

Wood, Kathryn

Industries

Automobiles & Parts

Charities/Not for Profit

Chemicals

Construction & Materials

Education

Food & Drink Producers

Forestry & Paper

Government

Health Care

Industrial Engineering

Pharmaceuticals & Life Sciences

Retail

Technology, Hardware & Electronics

Telecommunications

Travel & Leisure

Utilities

Labor & Employment

Dickinson Wright PLLC

firm
Location

500 Woodward Avenue

Suite 4000

Detroit

Michigan

USA

MI 48226-3425

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Michigan

Labor & Employment


Angelina Delmastro
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Timothy Howlett
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