Nemeth Law included on U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers 2020 list of “Best Law Firms”

Detroit-–-Nov. 4, 2019–Detroit-based management side labor and employment law firm Nemeth Law, P.C., has again been recognized as a tier-one law firm by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers in its 2020 list of “Best Law Firms.” In the recently released, tenth annual edition of “Best Law Firms,” Nemeth Law is ranked a Tier 1 firm at the metropolitan level in three categories:
• Employment Law – Management
• Labor Law – Management
• Litigation – Labor & Employment

Inclusion in the U.S. News–Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” list signals professional excellence and consistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. The rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer feedback, peer review from leading attorneys, and review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process.
To be considered for “Best Law Firms,” a firm must have at least one attorney listed in the current edition of Best Lawyers in America, which recognizes the top five percent of practicing attorneys in the United States. In August 2019, Patricia Nemeth, founder of Nemeth Law, P.C., was selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2020. Nemeth was recognized in the practice areas of Employment Law–Management; Labor Law–Management; and Litigation–Labor and Employment. She has been included on the Best Lawyers’ list since 2010.

The 2020 “Best Law Firms” rankings for Nemeth Law are available here. More information on the 2020 “Best Law Firms” methodology is available here.

About Nemeth Law, P.C.
Nemeth Law specializes in arbitration, mediation, workplace investigations, employment litigation, traditional labor law and management consultation/training for private and public sector employers. It is the largest woman-owned law firm in Michigan to exclusively represent management in the prevention, resolution and litigation of labor and employment disputes.

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Nemeth Law partner Deborah Brouwer named to Crain’s Detroit Business 2019 Notable Women in Law

Detroit, Mich.— October 29, 2019 — Nemeth Law, P.C., a Detroit-based labor and employment law firm, announced that Deborah Brouwer, a partner in the firm, has been selected for inclusion in the Crain’s Detroit Business 2019 Notable Women in Law list, featuring 22 acclaimed women attorneys working in the private and public sector, including law firms, general counsel, non-profits, and government.

Attorneys were selected based on their reputation for excellence in the law, track record of success in their field, involvement with the community, and mentorship of other attorneys. Crain Content Studio worked with advisors in the legal field to review nominations and select the final honorees. Brouwer’s profile for the Notable Women in Law can be viewed here.

Brouwer’s labor and employment practice includes the defense of lawsuits against employers involving claims of race, age, religion, national origin, gender and disability discrimination, and harassment and retaliation, as well as FLSA, FMLA and non-competition suits. She also provides employer training and conducts discrimination and harassment investigations on behalf of employers. Brouwer has extensive experience appearing before administrative agencies, including the EEOC, MDCR, MIOSHA, OSHA and the NLRB, and also appears frequently before the Michigan Court of Appeals and the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Brouwer is active in professional and community organizations. She is Treasurer, Board of Directors, Michigan Defense Trial Counsel; Member, State Bar of Michigan Appellate Section and Labor and Employment Law Section; Member, American Bar Association, Litigation Section; Member, DRI; Chair of the Board of Directors of Assured Family Services; and Vice President, Board of Trustees, Luella Hannan Memorial Foundation. Brouwer holds a Juris Doctor from the Wayne State University School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree and Master of Arts degree, both from the University of Michigan.

The Crain’s Detroit Business recognition of Notable Women in Law comes on the heels of Brouwer being named a Michigan Super Lawyer in employment litigation defense in September 2019; in September 2018, she was named a Woman in the Law honoree by the legal trade publication, Michigan Lawyers Weekly.

About Nemeth Law, P.C.
Nemeth Law specializes in arbitration, mediation, workplace investigations, employment litigation, traditional labor law and management consultation/training for private and public sector employers. It is the largest woman-owned law firm in Michigan to exclusively represent management in the prevention, resolution and litigation of labor and employment disputes.
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Nemeth Law takes on civility in the workplace at Raising the Bar forum on October 23

Detroit-–-October 7, 2019-–-Raising the Bar, an educational series increasing employer awareness of current issues in employment and labor law and offered by Detroit-based Nemeth Law, P.C., returns on Wednesday, October 23, with the timely topic of Mobilizing Civility: Creating A Culture of Respect. The session will address best practices for employers to generate an organizational culture where employee interaction is civil and respectful.

According to Nemeth Law partner Terry Bonnette, not all workplace discussions regarding the upcoming election are going to be polite exchanges of political philosophy and cooperative discourse. Multiple studies have concluded that the 2016 election changed the way people see their coworkers and their workplaces. Bonnette, who helps train companies with civility issues and who appeared on One Detroit as part of the discussion regarding the Detroit Chamber Civility Project, cites various surveys that have found:
• 27% of workers believe the work environment has become more tense because of political dialogue
• 25% of workers admit they actively avoid certain coworkers with whom they have political differences
• 33% of workers believe that politics is a common distraction in the work environment
• 46% of workers believe their workplace was negatively impacted by the 2016 election

“Incivility has become a cost of doing business,” Bonnette said. “Election cycles don’t necessarily create the problem. Generational differences, the effect of technology on how we communicate, lack of self-awareness, and discomfort with difference are really the factors feeding into real or perceived incivility.”

Topics that will be addressed in the session include:

• What is workplace civility and why is it important?
• What are potential causes /sources of incivility?
• How to craft policies that promote civility without infringing on any protected rights
• Different approaches to civility training and the benefits of each
• Implementing training and protocols that work

Raising the Bar will be held on Wednesday, October 23, at the Management Education Center, 811 West Square Lake Road, Troy, 48098. Check-in and continental breakfast begin at 8:30 a.m. The program runs from 9 a.m. until 11:45 a.m. with one 15-minute break. The cost is $75 per person and pre-registration is requested. To register, e-mail Pamela Perkowski at pperkowski@nemethlawpc.com or call 313.567.5921.

About Nemeth Law, P.C.
Nemeth Law specializes in arbitration, mediation, workplace investigations, employment litigation, traditional labor law and management consultation/training for private and public sector employers. It is the largest woman-owned law firm in Michigan to exclusively represent management in the prevention, resolution and litigation of labor and employment disputes.

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Nemeth Law named one of Metro Detroit’s 101 Best & Brightest Companies to Work for; it’s the 18th time the firm has received the recognition

Detroit-–-September 4, 2019-–-Detroit-based management side labor and employment law firm Nemeth Law, P.C., is pleased to announce it has been named one of Metropolitan Detroit’s 101 Best & Brightest Companies to Work For®. This is the eighteenth time Nemeth Law has received the award. All award winners will be honored at an event on Tuesday, October 22 at The Henry in Dearborn.

The Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® competition identifies and honors organizations that display a commitment to excellence in their human resource practices. An independent research firm evaluates each company’s entry based on key measures in various categories, including compensation, benefits and employee solutions; employee enrichment, engagement and retention; employee education and development; recruitment, selection and orientation; employee achievement and recognition; communication and shared vision; diversity and inclusion; work-life balance; community initiatives; and strategic company performance.

Patricia Nemeth, founder of Nemeth Law, P.C., says the 101 Best & Brightest Companies to Work For® recognition reinforces the firm’s longstanding commitment to its employees.

“The 101 Best and Brightest award continues to be a favorite. As attorneys working with employers on human resource matters, it is important that we put best practices in place in our own firm first and always aim to be an employer of choice,” Nemeth said.

About Nemeth Law, P.C.
Established in 1992, Nemeth Law specializes in workplace investigations, employment litigation, traditional labor law, management consultation/training for private and public sector employers, and arbitration and mediation. It is the largest woman-owned law firm in Michigan to exclusively represent management in the prevention, resolution and litigation of labor and employment disputes.

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Nemeth Law attorneys discuss timely labor and employment topics in second quarter 2019

Detroit–July 1, 2019–Attorneys with Detroit-based management side labor and employment law firm Nemeth Law, P.C., made timely presentations during the second quarter of 2019 an labor and employment topics:

• On June 21, Nemeth Law partner Deborah Brouwer spoke on Emerging Trends in Employment Litigation: Hot Issues in a #MeToo World, at the MDTC 2019 Annual Meeting and Conference in Bellaire, Michigan.
• On April 21, Nemeth Law partner Terry Bonnette was a presenter on Theft of Employer Property & Evidence: You Can’t Take It with You – or Can You? at the 44th Annual ICLE Labor and Employment Institute in Plymouth, Michigan.

In addition, on June 19, partner Deborah Brouwer was interviewed by Fox 2 News Detroit on the topic of keeping Michigan teens safe at work and the Michigan laws that guide teenage employment. Additionally, partner Terry Bonnette was interviewed for Detroit Public Television in a series of interviews on civility at work as part of the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Civility Project.

About Nemeth Law, P.C.
Nemeth Law specializes in arbitration, mediation, workplace investigations, employment litigation, traditional labor law and management consultation/training for private and public sector employers. It is the largest woman-owned law firm in Michigan to exclusively represent management in the prevention, resolution and litigation of labor and employment disputes.

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Nemeth Law’s Raising the Bar tackles critical immigration and compliance challenges facing employers at its May 8 session

Detroit — April 16, 2019 — Raising the Bar, an educational series increasing employer awareness of current issues in employment and labor law and offered by Detroit-based Nemeth Law, P.C., returns on Wednesday, May 8, to discuss employers’ ongoing compliance challenges relating to immigration.

According to Nemeth Law partner Terry Bonnette, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) stepped up its actions in 2018 and has promised to maintain heightened enforcement efforts through 2019.

“On April 4, ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations Unit executed criminal search warrants at a north Texas telecommunication repair company, arresting 280 employees—making it the largest single work site action taken by ICE in more than a decade,” Bonnette said.

“In fiscal 2018, ICE opened 6,848 worksite investigations and arrested more than 2,300 people at work. Criminal charges were brought against 113 members of management for violations of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986,” he added.

Immigration attorney Dorothy Basmaji will join Nemeth Law attorneys at Raising the Bar as a guest speaker to discuss how U.S. immigration policy may affect companies’ employment practices, what they need to be doing to stay in compliance, and how to handle issues that may come up. Topics include:

  • I-9 compliance: preparing for and surviving an ICE audit
  • The changing landscape in obtaining and defending H-1B entry
  • National origin discrimination: Title VII, ELCRA, and IRCA
  • The latest trends and updates in IRCA enforcement and how those are impacting employers

Raising the Bar will be held on Wednesday, May 8, at the Management Education Center, 811 West Square Lake Road, Troy, 48098. Continental breakfast will be served at 8:30 a.m. The program begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 11:45 a.m. with one 15-minute break. The cost of the event is $75 per person and pre-registration is requested. To register, e-mail Pamela Perkowski at pperkowski@nemethlawpc.com or call 313.567.5921.

Nemeth Law, P.C. is recognized by SHRM to offer SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP professional development credits (PDCs). This program is valid for 2.5 PDCs.

About Nemeth Law, P.C.
Nemeth Law specializes in arbitration, mediation, workplace investigations, employment litigation, traditional labor law and management consultation/training for private and public sector employers. It is the largest woman-owned law firm in Michigan to exclusively represent management in the prevention, resolution and litigation of labor and employment disputes.

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Nemeth Law partner Susan Koval named to NAMWOLF board

Detroit–February 15, 2019– Detroit-based management side labor and employment law firm Nemeth Law, P.C., is pleased to announce that partner Susan D. Koval has been named to the National Association of Minority & Women Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF) board of directors. As a board member, Koval will help guide decisions on policies and procedures of the organization and assist in the recruitment of corporate sponsors, corporate and public entity partners, and affiliate members and advisory council members.

Koval is a management-side employment litigator with more than 30 years of legal experience. She has defended employers against claims of wrongful discharge, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, breach of contract, FMLA and wage and hour claims before federal and state courts and administrative agencies, including class action lawsuits. In addition to an accomplished trial practice—often resulting in voluntarily dismissals by plaintiffs during or immediately following depositions, the entry of summary dismissals by trial judges, favorable verdicts for employers, and victories on appeal—Koval conducts workplace investigations and trains employers’ workforces on discrimination and harassment in the workplace and other employment issues.

Koval is a member of the American Bar Association–Labor and Employment Law Section Litigation Section and Law Practice Management Section; a member of the Associated General Contractors of Michigan Legal Advisory Committee; a member of the Federal Bar Association, Eastern District of Michigan; and a member of the State Bar of Michigan–Labor and Employment Law Section and Litigation Section. She holds a Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent rating of 5.0/5.0 and has been named a Michigan Super Lawyer eight times, most recently in 2018. Koval was also named a Leading Lawyer in Michigan, 2018, in Employment Management, and is a Michigan Lawyers Weekly “Women in the Law” Class of 2015 member.

Koval is a presenter and guest lecturer on a variety of employment topics and has published articles on employment law matters, including an article about employers’ obligations to transgender employees, which was published nationally by Employment Law360. She participates in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure activities and contributes considerable support to breast cancer research. She previously served as a volunteer mediator for the EEOC mediation program and has also volunteered her time to high school youth groups.

Koval holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science from West Liberty State College in West Virginia and a Juris Doctorate from West Virginia University College of Law. She is a resident of Northville.

About NAMWOLF
Founded in 2001, the National Association of Minority & Women Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF) is a nonprofit trade association comprised of minority and women owned law firms and other interested parties throughout the United States. NAMWOLF assists its law firm members in developing strategic alliances, coalitions and affiliations with corporations, in-house counsel and other legal trade associations. Through these efforts, NAMWOLF helps empower minority and women owned law firms.

About Nemeth Law, P.C.
Nemeth Law specializes in arbitration, mediation, workplace investigations, employment litigation, traditional labor law and management consultation/training for private and public sector employers. It is the largest woman-owned law firm in Michigan to exclusively represent management in the prevention, resolution and litigation of labor and employment disputes.

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What’s ahead for employers in the coming year? Nemeth Law’s Raising the Bar series kicks off 2019 with its Labor and Employment Law Update on January 23

Detroit-–- Jan. 2, 2019-–-Raising the Bar, an educational series raising employer awareness of current issues in employment and labor law and offered by Detroit-based Nemeth Law, P.C., returns on Wednesday, January 23, with its 2019 Labor and Employment Law Update.

“Michigan employers have seen a flurry of legislative activity from the midterm elections through the end of the year impacting paid sick leave, minimum wages and recreational marijuana use,” Terry Bonnette, a Nemeth Law partner, said. “On a federal level, the NLRB has pulled back from numerous Obama-era policies, and federal circuit courts continue to issue contradictory opinions in sexual harassment and LGBTQ+ cases. As another year begins, it is becoming clearer that change is a given, so it’s crucial for employers to know how to stay compliant,” he said.

At the January 23 session, Nemeth Law attorneys will discuss how changes in labor and employment law may affect companies’ employment practices in 2019 and what they need to be doing to keep ahead of the game. Topics include:

 New requirements for minimum wage and paid sick leave in Michigan
 SCOTUS on arbitration – drafting agreements that work
 Recreational marijuana – what employers can do to maintain a drug free workplace
 The effect of #MeToo on sexual harassment cases and challenges to the effectiveness of employer harassment prevention policies
 EEO, DOL and NLRB compliance updates

Raising the Bar will be held on Wednesday, January 23, at the Management Education Center, 811 West Square Lake Road, Troy, 48098. Continental breakfast will be served at 8:30 a.m. The program begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 11:45 a.m. with one 15-minute break. The cost of the event is $75 per person and pre-registration is requested. To register, e-mail Pamela Perkowski at pperkowski@nemethlawpc.com or call 313.567.5921.

Nemeth Law, P.C. is recognized by SHRM to offer SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP professional development credits (PDCs). This program is valid for 2.5 PDCs.

About Nemeth Law, P.C.
Nemeth Law specializes in arbitration, mediation, workplace investigations, employment litigation, traditional labor law and management consultation/training for private and public sector employers. It is the largest woman-owned law firm in Michigan to exclusively represent management in the prevention, resolution and litigation of labor and employment disputes.

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Nemeth Law attorney Nick Huguelet named an Up and Coming Lawyer by Michigan Lawyers Weekly

Detroit-–-November 1, 2018— Nicholas Huguelet, a senior attorney at Detroit-based management side labor and employment law firm Nemeth Law, P.C., has been named an Up and Coming Lawyer by the legal trade publication, Michigan Lawyers Weekly. The award acknowledges legal practitioners who are establishing a name for themselves through their achievements, have a reputation for going above and beyond, and display ambition, drive and determination that set them apart from their peers in their first 10 years of practicing law. Huguelet and his fellow honorees will be recognized at the Up and Coming Lawyers luncheon celebration on December 13 at the Detroit Marriott – Troy.

At Nemeth Law, Huguelet practices in the areas of labor and employment. He has represented clients before federal and state courts, administrative agencies and arbitrators in both Michigan and Ohio. He has experience representing and counseling both private and public sector clients in collective bargaining, employment disputes, and statutory and regulatory compliance. While at Nemeth Law, he has successfully served as lead counsel in employment arbitrations, before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the U.S. Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division, among others. As a result of Huguelet’s representation, many matters were dismissed or decided in the client’s favor.

Huguelet is active in civic and professional activities. He is a member of Michigan Defense Trial Counsel and is Co-Chair of the Labor an Employment Law Section and Co-Chair of the Section Chairs. He is a regular contributor of articles on employment law for the Michigan Defense Quarterly. He is a member of the Oakland County Bar Association and previously served as Program Development Chair for the Labor and Employment Committee. He is also a contributing editor for Developing Labor Law, a labor law treatise published and updated annually by BNA. Huguelet is a regular presenter on labor and employment law topics and most recently presented Solving the Puzzle of Just Cause for the American Arbitration Association. He has served since 2016 as a member of the Board of Directors of Equity Education, a local non-profit organization dedicated to providing strong neighborhood schools and greater access to quality education to traditionally underserved populations.

Huguelet is a resident of Farmington Hills. He holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Toledo College of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Michigan State University.
About Nemeth Law, P.C.

Nemeth Law specializes in arbitration, mediation, workplace investigations, employment litigation, traditional labor law and management consultation/training for private and public sector employers. It is the largest woman-owned law firm in Michigan to exclusively represent management in the prevention, resolution and litigation of labor and employment disputes.

Nemeth Law founder named Top Lawyer for 2019 by DBusiness magazine

Detroit-–-November 1, 2018 – Patricia Nemeth, founder of Detroit-based management side labor and employment law firm, Nemeth Law, P.C., has been selected by her peers for inclusion in DBusiness Magazine’s Top Lawyers for 2019. The list, which is included in the November/December 2018 print issue of DBusiness, was based on a peer-review survey open to all area lawyers who cast thousands of votes to honor excellence in 50+ practice areas, including Arbitration and Labor and Employment law, where Nemeth was named.

In addition to being an attorney, Nemeth is an arbitrator and a certified mediator for all types of civil litigation, including employment. Her areas of legal expertise include all aspects of traditional labor and employment litigation law, including complex employment investigations and analyses, discrimination/harassment, age, disability, sex, race, whistleblowers, wrongful discharge, union organizing activities and union issues, and multi-party lawsuits. She founded Nemeth Law as a solo practitioner in 1992. The firm is the largest woman-owned law firm in Michigan to exclusively represent management in the prevention, resolution and litigation of labor and employment disputes.

Nemeth holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan and a Juris Doctorate and LLM in Labor Law from Wayne State University School of Law. In April 2016, she received a Distinguished Alumni award from the Wayne State University School of Law at its annual Treasure of Detroit celebration, honoring those who have made significant contributions to the practice of law, as well as the growth and success of the Law School. She is an ABA Foundation Fellow and a member of the Michigan, Illinois, Federal and the United States Supreme Court Bar.

In addition to being included on the DBusiness Top Lawyers list in 2019 and 2018, Nemeth has received multiple Best Lawyers, Leading Lawyers and Michigan Super Lawyers honors throughout the years.

About Nemeth Law, P.C.
Established in 1992, Nemeth Law specializes in arbitration, mediation, workplace investigations, employment litigation, traditional labor law and management consultation/training for private and public sector employers. It is the largest woman-owned law firm in Michigan to exclusively represent management in the prevention, resolution and litigation of labor and employment disputes.