Nemeth Law founder Patricia Nemeth receives Michigan Defense Trial Counsel Award for Excellence in Defense

Detroit—February 3, 2020—Patricia Nemeth, founder of Detroit-based management side labor and employment law firm Nemeth Law, P.C., has been named a recipient of the Michigan Defense Trial Counsel (MDTC) Excellence in Defense Award for 2020. MDTC is an association of the leading lawyers in the State of Michigan dedicated to representing individuals and corporations in civil litigation. The strolling dinner event will take place on Wednesday, March 19, 2020 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Gem Theatre in Detroit. Fox 2 Detroit news anchor Roop Raj will serve as emcee for the evening.

Nemeth was recognized in the category of Excellence in Defense, honoring civil defense counsel who through their professionalism, intelligence, creativity, judgement, civility, advocacy skills, community involvement and efforts to educate younger attorneys, promote the practice of the defense bar and the representation of their clients in and outside of the courtroom. The award also recognizes contributions beyond the recipient’s normal role as an advocate.

Nemeth founded Nemeth Law as a solo practitioner in 1992. Nationally recognized, the firm exclusively represents management in the prevention, resolution and litigation of labor and employment disputes. Nemeth is a versatile attorney known to advocate aggressively but civilly for her clients, and has found success as a litigator, investigator, consultant, and certified mediator. In recent years, she has increased her practice commitment to arbitration and mediation, seeking a peaceful resolution to a variety of civil and employment conflicts. While leading Nemeth Law as the largest woman-owned law firm in Michigan to exclusively represent management in the prevention, resolution and litigation of labor and employment disputes, she has gained expertise in a variety of industries including healthcare, gaming, insurance, retail, manufacturing and government entities. At the same time, she has acted as a mentor to up and coming defense attorneys and continues working for change that benefits not only her clients, but the greater legal community.

The Excellence in Defense award is one of many honors bestowed on Nemeth in recent years. In November 2019, she was named a Fellow by the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. Being selected as a Fellow is the highest recognition by one’s colleagues of sustained outstanding performance in the profession—exemplifying integrity, dedication, civility and excellence. Fellows include distinguished lawyers, law professors, mediators, arbitrators and government officials. In April 2016, Nemeth 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 has been on the U.S. News – Best Lawyers® list since 2010 and is a multiple Michigan Super Lawyer and Leading Lawyer honoree. In 2009 Nemeth was named a “Leader in the Law” by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. She is also an ABA Foundation Fellow and a member of the Michigan, Illinois, Federal, and the United States Supreme Court Bars.

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.

Ticket information and online registration for the March 19 event can be found at the MDTC website.

About the Michigan Defense Trial Counsel (MTDC)
MDTS is an association of the leading lawyers in the State of Michigan dedicated to representing individuals and corporations in civil litigation. As the State’s premier organization of civil litigators, the impact of MTDC members is felt through its Amicus Briefs, often filed by express invitation of the Supreme Court, and through its quarterly publications and seminars. Learn more at the MTDC website.

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 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 founder, shareholders named to Michigan Leading Lawyers list

Detroit-based management side labor and employment law firm, Nemeth Law, P.C., announces that three firm attorneys have been selected by their peers as Leading Lawyers in Michigan for 2018-2019. The list is included as an insert in the inaugural edition of DBusiness magazine’s Detroit 500.

Firm founder Patricia Nemeth was selected in the areas of alternative dispute resolution (ADR), employment management and labor management; shareholder Terry Bonnette was selected in employment management and labor management; and shareholder Susan Koval was listed in employment management. Additionally, Nemeth was again named to the Leading Lawyers Advisory Board. Advisory Board appointments are based on three criteria:

1. The exceptional number of recommendations they receive from their peers
2. Their reputation and professional ethics
3. Their knowledge of the lawyers within their areas of the law and/or their respective region of the state

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.


About Leading Lawyers
Leading Lawyers, a division of the Law Bulletin Publishing Company, surveys thousands of attorneys statewide to identify lawyers most often recommended by their peers. Lawyers cannot nominate themselves or anyone at their own law firm. Fewer than five percent of all lawyers licensed to practice law in a given state can be named a Leading Lawyer. Learn more at http://leadinglawyers.com/about.cfm.

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.

 

Nemeth Law again included on U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers 2017 list of “Best Law Firms”

Nemeth Law, P.C., a Detroit-based labor and employment law firm, has again been recognized as a tier-one law firm by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers in its 2017 list of “Best Law Firms.”

Nemeth Law is ranked Tier 1 in the metropolitan rankings in the category of employment law – management. The metropolitan rankings encompass 185 major U.S. markets.

The “Best Law Firms” rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in their field, and review of additional information provided by the law firms themselves. Clients were asked to provide feedback on firm practice groups, addressing expertise, responsiveness, understanding of business and its needs, cost-effectiveness, civility, and whether they would refer another client to the firm. Lawyers voted on expertise, responsiveness, integrity, cost-effectiveness, whether they would refer a matter to a firm, and whether they consider a firm a worthy competitor. To be eligible for consideration as one of the “Best Law Firms,” a firm must have at least one attorney listed in the current edition of Best Lawyers.

In August, it was announced that Patricia Nemeth, founder of Nemeth Law, P.C., was selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2017. She was recognized in the practice areas of Employment Law – Management; Labor Law – Management; and Litigation- Labor and Employment. It was Nemeth’s fifth year on the Best Lawyers’ list. 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.

More information on the 2017 “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 founder listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2016

Detroit, Mich. —Aug. 18, 2015— Patricia Nemeth, founder of Nemeth Law, P.C., a Detroit-based labor and employment law firm, has been selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2016. Nemeth was recognized in the practice areas of Employment Law – Management; Labor Law – Management; and Litigation- Labor and Employment.

Nemeth founded Nemeth Law as a solo practitioner in 1992. The firm is now the largest woman-owned law firm in Michigan to exclusively represent management in the prevention, resolution and litigation of labor and employment disputes.

Nemeth’s areas of 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 is also an arbitrator and a certified mediator for all types of civil litigation, including employment. Nemeth holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan and a Juris Doctorate and LLM in Labor Law from Wayne State University School of Law. She is an ABA Foundation Fellow and a member of the Michigan, Illinois, Federal and the United States Supreme Court Bar.

About Best Lawyers®
Inclusion in Best Lawyers® is based entirely on peer reviews, using a sophisticated and transparent survey process. The methodology is designed to capture as accurately as possible the consensus opinion of leading lawyers about the professional abilities of their colleagues within the same geographical and legal practice area. More information is at www.BestLawyers.com.

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 again named one of Metro Detroit’s 101 Best & Brightest Companies to Work for

Detroit, Mich. —Aug. 13, 2014— Nemeth Law, P.C., a Detroit-based labor and employment law firm, announces it has been named one of Metropolitan Detroit’s 101 Best & Brightest Companies to Work for by the Michigan Business and Professional Association (MBPA). This is the 13th time Nemeth Law, P.C. has received the award. All award winners will be honored at an event to be held on Tuesday, Sept. 23 at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center.

This year’s winners represent best practices in talent management, employee retention and human resources best practice in a variety of industries. 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 reinforces the firm’s longstanding commitment to its staff.

“It is an honor to be recognized for our commitment to talent management, employee retention and human resources best practices,” Nemeth said. “We value our staff and constantly seek out opportunities to allow them to grow in their careers and knowledge base. Because we serve employers on human resource issues, it is especially gratifying to be recognized for our own human resource practices and programs.”

Jennifer Kluge, MBPA president, commended all of this year’s 101 Best & Brightest winners.

“We are honored to recognize the efforts of this year’s ‘Best and Brightest’ companies. These companies have created impressive organizational value and business results through their policies and Best Practices in human resource management. This award has become a designation sought after by hundreds of Metro Detroit’s area companies and is a powerful recruitment tool in the drive to attract and retain exceptional employees,” Kluge said.

About the Michigan Business and Professional Association (MBPA)
The Michigan Business and Professional Association boasts a statewide sphere of influence that no other organization of its kind can claim, leveraging a depth of programs and community initiatives that positively impact more than 150,000 businesses. Visit www.michbusiness.org.

About Nemeth Law, P.C.
Nemeth Law specializes in employment litigation, traditional labor law, mediation and arbitration and management consultation 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.

 

Union charges fee to handle grievances; Mackinac Center Legal Foundation responds with lawsuit

First legal challenge in post-Michigan Right to Work era on grievance fees for non-dues paying members

Detroit, Mich. —Aug. 26, 2013— In one of the first challenges to a Union’s response to Michigan’s Right to Work legislation, the Mackinac Center Legal Foundation filed a complaint on Aug. 22 alleging that Teamsters’ Local 214 policy of requiring employees to pay a fee for handling grievances and arbitration, but exempting employees who are members in good standing, is unlawful because it violates the Public Employment Relations Act and the Union’s duty of fair representation obligations.

According to Cliff Hammond, an attorney with Detroit-based employment law firm Nemeth Burwell, P.C. and an expert on Michigan’s Right to Work law, this is the first legal challenge since Right to Work went into effect early this year to the Teamsters’ policy of charging non-dues paying members to handle a “grievance”.

“Under the new amendments made to Michigan’s Public Employment Relations Act, public sector employees cannot be forced, intimidated, threatened, or compelled to become a member of a union or financially support a union, and a person cannot be required to pay dues, fees, or assessments as a condition of obtaining or continuing employment,” said Hammond. “The Complaint alleges that the threat of additional fees is meant to compel public employees to join or remain a union member.”

Hammond noted the Complaint also claims the Union’s policy violates the requirement that the Union represent all employees, not just union members.

“The Complaint alleges that compelling nonmembers to pay a fee to provide vital collective bargaining services, specifically grievance handling, is a violation of the Union’s duty to represent all employees,” said Hammond. “The Complaint also claims the policy discriminates against nonunion members by refusing to process a grievance without assessing the merits of the grievance, in violation of the union’s duty of fair representation.

Hammond said it will be interesting to see how the Court responds.

“The use of fees for representation of non-members is not new nationally, but Michigan’s specific law and this particular policy are what are being challenged,” said Hammond. “It will be interesting to see how the Court handles this case, if it all, as it may be under the exclusive jurisdiction of the Michigan Employment Relations Commission for public employees and the National Labor Relations Board for private sector employees.”

About Nemeth Burwell, P.C.

Nemeth Burwell specializes in employment litigation, traditional labor law and management consultation for private and public sector employers. It is the largest women-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 Burwelll Attorneys Discuss Timely Employment Topics

Nemeth Burwell Attorneys Discuss Timely Employment Issues

Detroit, Mich.—May 29, 2012— Attorneys with Nemeth Burwell, P.C., a Detroit-based law firm exclusively serving employers in the areas of labor and employment law, have been active recently in leading discussions on a variety of employment law topics.

  • Partner Linda Burwell presented Sex and Gender in the Workplace in Light of the EEOC’s 2013-2016 Strategic Enforcement Plan: Developments and Trends in EEO Law on May 10.
  • At the Nemeth Burwell Raising the Bar series on May 8, partner Terry Bonnette, presented 2013 Wage and Hour Boot Camp, highlighting the Department of Labor’s five-year plan.
  • Bonnette presented a Labor and Employment Update and led a discussion titled Legal Issues in Social Media at the Healthcare Association of Michigan (HCAM) UP Conference on May 2.
  • Senior attorney Cliff Hammond presented Labor Trends – Unions: Should I Care? at the Jackson, Mich. Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Conference on April 25.
  • Hammond explored the Right to Work changes in Michigan with Union Avoidance -Unions: Why Should I Care? and led the discussion on the changes the new law brings to employers in Michigan at the April 24 Human Resource Day in Lansing.
  • Partner Tom Schramm discussed Hiring and Firing: Do’s and Don’ts during a Detroit Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) webinar on April 18.
  • Bonnette visited Fox2 News on April 9 to discuss an emerging workplace trend during the Job Shop segment titled, Allergies at the Workplace.
  • Bonnette led the discussion titled Identifying and Dealing with Bullying at Work: A Mock Internal Investigation, at the ICLE in Plymouth on April 5.

About Nemeth Burwell, P.C.: Nemeth Burwell specializes in employment litigation, traditional labor law and management consultation for private and public sector employers. It is the largest women-owned law firm in Michigan to exclusively represent management in the prevention, resolution and litigation of labor and employment disputes.
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Fast food industry seen as next frontier for union organizing as workers walk off the job in protest

Public interest groups, churches join rallying cry for higher wages, benefits and work hours

Detroit, Mich. —May 17, 2013 — In Milwaukee this week, fast-food workers from several different chain restaurants walked off the job and rallied for wage hikes to $15 an hour. It was not an isolated incident, though. Labor attorney Cliff Hammond of Detroit-based employment law firm Nemeth Burwell, P.C., says the walkout is a national trend and similar activity has already been seen in Detroit, Wisconsin, Illinois, Missouri and New York as unions seek to expand membership amid a dramatic drop in traditional core union membership of manufacturing workers over the past 10+ years.

“Fast food workers are the next frontier for union organizing activities because that job sector represents a large group of potential members who, until recently, have been completely untouched by unions and their organizing efforts,” says Hammond. “What is interesting about this particular trend is that the force behind the protests is not only the unions (UFCW/SEIU).This is a collaborative effort among unions, public interest groups and even religious organizations and leaders to bring attention to perceived low wages, part-time work hours and a lack of benefits. The groups view these types of actions not only as a means to organize employees into unions, but to publicize and draw greater attention to their common goals, including social causes and significant increases in minimum wages.”

Hammond, who was employed as an attorney for the SEIU (the nation’s largest service workers’ union) prior to going to the management side of labor and employment law at Nemeth Burwell, knows first-hand about the recruiting tactics involved in obtaining new union members.

“Union organizing is a strategic sales strategy initiative. Enlisting church pastors, community organizers and other public interest groups is yet another way to draw attention to worker issues, gain sympathetic supporters and ultimately convert workers to union members. It’s a survival strategy and it’s a good one,” says Hammond.

Hammond advises restaurant franchisees to be aware of the fast food worker organizing trend and communicate with their employees, community groups and local church leaders to foster good will, develop relationships and make an investment in the community. At the same time, employers in the fast food industry need to be prepared with a plan should there be a one day protest at one of their restaurants. Hammond says such a plan must consider the following:

  • Deciding what discipline is appropriate for employees who walk out. The type of discipline should be consistent with how the restaurant has handled similar violations in the past.
  • Replacement of employees who walk off the job. Restaurants may want to establish an ongoing relationship with a temporary staffing agency.
  • Education of managers about the do’s and don’ts of what to say or not say to avoid potential liability under the National Labor Relations Act.
  • Determining where picketers may lawfully picket at a particular restaurant to insure the picketers are complying with the law and the restaurant can continue to operate.

Union organizing activity isn’t dying out, even in states like Michigan where there has been a legislated shift to “Right to Work”.

“Unions are aggressive and persistent by nature. In some respects, the new Michigan Right to Work law has stimulated union activity. The walk-out by fast food workers in Detroit is a perfect example,” says Hammond.
About Nemeth Burwell, P.C.: Nemeth Burwell specializes in employment litigation, traditional labor law and management consultation for private and public sector employers. It is the largest women-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 Burwell’s Raising the Bar Series Presents 2013 Labor and Employment Law Update

Detroit, Mich. —January 2, 2013 — Nemeth Burwell’s Raising the Bar, an educational series raising employer awareness of current issues in employment and labor law and offered by Detroit-based employment law firm Nemeth Burwell, P.C., will present its 2013 Labor and Employment Law Update on Wednesday, January 23, 2013.
The beginning of a new year provides the perfect opportunity to consider recent rulings and trends in employment law and a forward look at where this sector of the law is going, according to Patricia Nemeth of Nemeth Burwell.

“The re-election of President Obama has left many employers wondering what effect the election will have on the development of labor and employment policy over the next four years. Will it simply be more of the same, or can we expect any change? For example, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently adopted a new strategic enforcement plan and the Department of Labor continues to pursue its five year plan for achieving wage and hour compliance. Will these agencies be encouraged to become even bolder, or will our courts keep them in check? Our presentation will address these issues and more,” said Nemeth.

Topics will include:
• Developments in discrimination law: religion, LGBT issues and the expanding reach of the EEOC
• Developments in wage and hour law: The DOL’s five year plan, investigative audits, the settlement of claims, and the U.S. Supreme Court says “No” to the DOL
• Developments in disability, family medical leave and workers compensation law: The ADAAA in court, new FMLA regulations and coordinating entitlements
• Developments in labor law: at-will provisions in jeopardy, off-duty access granted, the increasing presence of the NLRB in non-union settings, and Michigan’s new right to work law
• Legislative agenda: pending and anticipated legislation for the workplace.

Raising the Bar will be held on Wednesday, January 23rd from 8:30 a.m. until 11:45 a.m. (with one fifteen minute break) at the Troy Marriott, 200 W. Big Beaver Road, Troy 48084. Continental breakfast will be served at 8:00 a.m. The cost of the event is $60 per person and pre-registration is required. To register, e-mail Amanda Galetti or call 313-567-5921.

About Nemeth Burwell, P.C.: Nemeth Burwell (www.nemethburwell.com) specializes in employment litigation, traditional labor law and management consultation for private and public sector employers. It is the largest women-owned law firm in Michigan to exclusively represent management in the prevention, resolution and litigation of labor and employment disputes.
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