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Butzel Long attorney named Chair, State Bar of Michigan’s Labor and Employment Law Section

DETROIT, Mich. – Butzel Long attorney and shareholder Robert A. Boonin has been named Chair of the State Bar of Michigan’s Labor and Employment Law Section, which offers education, information and analysis about labor and employment matters through meetings and seminars. The Section is one of the State Bar’s larger sections, comprising nearly 3,000 labor and employment law practitioners from across the state.

Based in Butzel Long’s Ann Arbor office, Boonin’s law practice is largely concentrated in the areas of labor, employment discrimination and education law. He has represented public and private sector clients across the country, in more than 30 jurisdictions, in wrongful termination, employment discrimination, wage and hour, tenure proceedings and other employment-related lawsuits and claims, as well as in labor grievance arbitrations, labor negotiations, unfair labor practices and representational proceedings and labor strikes. In addition, he has served as a chapter editor for two highly regarded legal treatises, Employment Discrimination Law and The Fair Labor Standards Act.

Most recently, Boonin was named Best Lawyers® “Lawyer of the Year” 2014 in the category of Employment Law – Management – Ann Arbor. Only a single lawyer in each practice area and designated metropolitan area is honored as the “Lawyer of the Year,” making this accolade particularly significant.

Boonin is active in national and state bar association sections in labor and employment law. He is a co-founder and the current Chair of the Wage and Hour Defense Institute of the Litigation Counsel of America. He is an active member of the American Bar Association’s Federal Labor Standards Legislation Committee and the American Employment Law Council.

He is a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Law Lawyers (a prestigious and highly limited national honorary of employment law practitioners), and a Fellow and former President of the Litigation Counsel of America. Boonin is listed in national honoraries for employment law in Best Lawyers and Chambers USA.

Boonin has been recognized by his peers as a Super Lawyer in labor and employment law matters every year of the publication. His other professional services include: Past-President, Board member and a founder of the Michigan Council of School Attorneys; a member of the NSBA’s Council of School Attorneys; the National Association of College and University Attorneys; and, the local chapter of the Labor and Employment Relations Association.

Boonin is a past chair of the Washtenaw County Bar Association’s Employment Law Section, and a past Co-Chair of its Trial Practice Section. He serves on the Boards of Directors of the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Regional Chamber of Commerce and Ann Arbor’s Main Street Area Association. He is a frequent speaker on labor and employment matters.

Boonin is an honors graduate of The University of Michigan Law School (J.D. 1985) and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (B.S. Economics 1976). He also holds a Master’s Degree in Labor and Industrial Relations from Michigan State University (M.L.I.R. 1980).

About Butzel Long

Established in 1854, Butzel Long is a full-service law firm with offices in Detroit, Bloomfield Hills, Lansing and Ann Arbor, Mich.; New York, NY; and, Washington, D.C., as well as alliance offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Mexico City and Monterrey. The firm is an active member of Lex Mundi, a global association of 160 independent law firms. Visit the Butzel Long website at