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

Labor & Employment

6 ranked lawyersBand 1MichiganUSA 2021 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

Preeminent labor and employment boutique offering sophisticated counsel to a range of domestic and international clients. Demonstrates extensive litigation and trial experience, with particular strengths in FLSA and FMLA disputes, and cases relating to the misappropriation of confidential information. Highly skilled in restrictive covenant matters, and has extensive experience advising clients in the healthcare, construction, banking and automotive sectors. Experienced in handling traditional labor relations work, including NLRB-related issues.

Strengths

A source describes the firm as an "excellent boutique with an outstanding group of lawyers."

Notable practitioners

Elizabeth Hardy focuses on contentious employment matters, handling first-instance litigation in addition to appeals.
"She is incredible and very capable - one of the best lawyers in the state." "She is a skilled trial attorney."

Eric Pelton regularly handles employment disputes for high-profile clients. A founding member of the firm, he also serves as its managing partner.
"A fantastic lawyer who takes on high-profile cases."

Sonja Lengnick is an experienced attorney who advises clients of all sizes on a wide array of labor and employment matters. She is noted for her particular expertise in matters relating to the FMLA and the ADA.

Theodore Opperwall is a seasoned practitioner who remains active on a number of high-stakes matters. He is experienced in negotiating collective bargaining agreements and overseeing NLRB litigation.

Thomas Kienbaum has advised on labor and employment issues for more than half a century, with particular expertise in disputes. He is also a former State Bar president.

William Forrest handles the full gamut of contentious labor and employment matters. He regularly works on wrongful termination cases, among other claims.

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Michigan

Labor & Employment


Elizabeth P Hardy
Band 1
Eric J Pelton
Band 1
Sonja Lengnick
Band 4
Theodore Opperwall
Senior Statespeople
Thomas G Kienbaum
Band 1
William B. Forrest, III
Band 3