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Megan A. Bonanni
Pitt McGehee Palmer & Rivers PC, Royal Oak
Megan A. Bonanni is a partner at the firm and has extensive experience in employment law, including disability, harassment, and discrimination cases. She has successfully handled nationwide class actions, group actions, and multiple party cases on behalf of employees from the lowest to highest levels of many of the largest companies in the United States. Ms. Bonanni often serves as...View Full Bio

Kaitlin A. Brown
Maddin Hauser Roth & Heller PC, Southfield
Kaitlin A. Brown is a shareholder in her firm's corporate and employment practice group. Specializing in employment law, she works with employers to prevent and respond to employees' claims involving wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, and improper payment of wages. As part of that process, Ms. Brown helps business owners, managers, and human resources directors prepare onboarding documents and handbooks, provide...View Full Bio

Thomas Jon Cedoz
Kreis, Enderle, Hudgins & Borsos, P.C., Kalamazoo
Thomas Jon Cedoz is a labor and employment attorney whose practice focuses on complex business and employment litigation including wage and hour collective action matters, workplace discrimination claims, and other employment related disputes. He is admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan, the Michigan Supreme Court, and the 6th Circuit Court...View Full Bio

Gary W. Francis
General Dynamics Land Systems, Sterling Heights
Gary W. Francis is associate general counsel for employment and labor law. He provides counsel to the corporation on all employee relations matters to ensure compliance with all employment and labor laws, including Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, and the Employee...View Full Bio

Zachary Hallman
Meroueh & Hallman LLP, Dearborn
Zachary Hallman focuses his practice on representing employees in a variety of employment-related matters, including violations of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Family Medical Leave Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act; wrongful discharge; whistleblower protection claims; and wage and hour violations at both the federal and state court levels. He also has experience in...View Full Bio

Angela L. Jackson
Hooper Hathaway PC, Ann Arbor
Angela L. Jackson is a shareholder with the firm. She practices in the areas of employment and business litigation and advises clients on employment law and employment policies, contract drafting and negotiations, trade secrets, and noncompete agreements. Ms. Jackson's clients include software companies, retail enterprises, manufacturing businesses, and health care providers, among others. She is included in Best Lawyers in...View Full Bio

Earl R. Johnson
North American Bancard, Troy

Joshua P. Lushnat
Ogletree Deakins, Birmingham
Joshua P. Lushnat is an associate in the firm. He represents employers in a variety of complex litigation matters in both state and federal courts. Mr. Lushnat also represents employers in various administrative proceedings and is involved in advising and counseling employers to reduce their potential exposure to litigation. Before joining the firm, Mr. Lushnat practiced with a general practice...View Full Bio

Jennifer Lossia McManus
Fagan McManus PC, Royal Oak

James M. Reid IV
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, Troy
James M. Reid IV is a shareholder and member of the firm's corporate/employment and franchise and distribution practice groups. Mr. Reid works mainly with employers on a spectrum of employment issues, including counseling and advising human resources professionals and business owners. He develops and improves employment policies and contracts, handbooks, employment agreements, noncompete agreements, nondisclosure agreements, and unconditional release and...View Full Bio

M. Misbah Shahid
Kelly Services Inc, Troy
M. Misbah Shahid is director of employment law and litigation at Kelly Services. He is an experienced litigator with a history of extensive trial experience, resolving complex litigation and contentious disputes, e-Discovery management, and forensic analysis and investigations. Mr. Shahid was named a Michigan Super Lawyers Rising Star in Employment and Labor in 2013 and has published numerous articles in...View Full Bio

Amanda J. Shelton
Law Offices of Amanda J. Shelton, Royal Oak
Amanda J. Shelton represents international corporations, public and privately held companies, small businesses, startups, families, and individuals in a variety of legal issues. She provides counsel on labor and employee relations, employment policies and procedures, and regulatory compliance and has obtained numerous favorable outcomes in lawsuits involving employment discrimination, whistleblower retaliation, wrongful termination, Family and Medical Leave Act claims, Equal...View Full Bio

Shawndrica Nicole Simmons
Simmons Legal dba the LawChic, Pontiac
Shawndrica Nicole Simmons's civil litigation practice focuses on labor and employment, family, probate, and contractual law. Her professional experience has evolved from being a 3rd Circuit Court clerk domestic relations specialist to a steadfast litigator. She specializes in handling high-risk divorces where there are allegations of abuse. Once a former union lawyer, she now engages in litigation against unions and...View Full Bio

William R. Thomas
Starr Butler Alexopoulos & Stoner PLLC, Southfield
William R. Thomas is an associate with his firm. He focuses his practice on representing and defending employers with regard to labor and employment claims, including discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and wage-hour matters. Mr. Thomas is also a member of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan. He is admitted to practice before the U.S. District...View Full Bio

Kathryn S. Wood
Dickinson Wright PLLC, Detroit
Kathryn S. Wood practices in the areas of employment and discrimination litigation, appellate practice, and commercial litigation. She serves as a practice group chair for Dickinson Wright’s Litigation South Region and Employment and Labor Law Groups. Ms. Wood is a member of the Michigan Employment and Labor Council and the Labor and Employment Law Section of the State Bar of...View Full Bio

Rebekah Page-Gourley
ICLE Advisory Board Liaison
Rebekah Page-Gourley works with ICLE contributors to update and edit ICLE publications and online resources in the litigation, negligence, and employment law practice areas. She plans and develops new products and leads several initiatives geared toward building and maintaining a diverse contributor base and improving outreach to law students and new lawyers. Ms. Page-Gourley also works with Michigan law school...View Full Bio
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