Kienbaum Hardy Viviano Pelton & Forrest, P.L.C.

Labor & Employment Department

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Now in its 24th year as a labor and employment “boutique,” our firm is widely known in Michigan, the Midwest, and throughout the country for its specialized and high-level management-side practice. We are also known for our excellent clients, including Fortune 500 companies, start-up and small-to-mid-sized businesses, healthcare and educational institutions, non-profits, executives, courts, and law firms, and for achieving excellent outcomes for them.

Our practice covers the gamut of federal and state employment and labor law, from preventive counseling to litigation to appeals. A sizable segment is complex multi-state litigation including class actions. Our appellate practice has been instrumental in establishing legal principles of major significance for employers.

Many of our clients have seen that, with the high level of sophistication, substantive knowledge, trial experience, and efficiency our practice offers, it is more cost-effective for us to handle their labor and employment work regionally or throughout the country. We offer better and more timely service at Midwestern rates. 

Our firm has been designated by Chambers as the top employment and labor practice based in Michigan, and in recent years as the sole top-ranked firm. All of our principals are ranked by Chambers, with three ranked Tier One. A high percentage of our lawyers have been inducted into the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. All of our lawyers have devoted their careers to this specialized field.


Baumhart, Julia T.

Bohannon, Ryan D.

Davis, Thomas J.

Forrest, III, William B.

Hardy, Elizabeth P

Kienbaum, Thomas G

Lengnick, Sonja

Lengnick, Sonja L.

Loverich, Shannon V.

Massie, Noel D.

Nirenberg, Sarah L.

Opperwall, Theodore

Pelton, Eric J


American Axle & Manufacturing Co.

Auto Club of Michigan

Bank of America

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

Coach, Inc.

College for Creative Studies (Detroit, MI)

Comcast Corporation

Crain Communications, Inc.

DaVita, Inc.

Deloitte LLP

Delphi Corporation

Eaton Corporation

Federal-Mogul Corporation

Ford Motor Company

Great Lakes Caring Home Health and Hospice

Hurley Medical Center (Flint, MI)

Level One Bank

Mercedes-Benz Financial Services

Michigan State University

The Detroit Tigers

Visteon Corporation

Wayne State University


Aerospace & Defense

Automobiles & Parts


Charities / Not for Profit

Commercial & Professional Services

Construction & Materials

Consumer Product Manufacturing


Financial Services

Food & Drink Producers


Health Care



Private Clients / Individuals / Executives


Software & Computer Services


Technology, Hardware & Electronics