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Daniel J. Bretz

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Office

Detroit

500 Woodward Ave
Suite 3500
Detroit, MI 48226
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Fax: 313.309.6956
Practice Areas
Labor & EmploymentLitigation
Areas of Emphasis
Business LitigationCollective BargainingDefamation & MediaEmployment CounselingEmployment LitigationEmployment Training/SeminarsLegal Advice on Union Organizing CampaignsLong Term CareUnfair Labor Practice Charges
Industries
Automotive & ManufacturingHealth Care
Education
J.D., Wayne State University Law School, Detroit, Michigan
B.A., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
State Bar Licenses
Michigan
Best lawyer of the year
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Dbusines
Super lawyers 2015
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Daniel J. Bretz

Member

Daniel J. Bretz is Co-Chair of Clark Hill’s Labor & Employment Law Practice Group. Dan represents major private employers in all aspects of labor and employment law. Chambers Leading Lawyers for Business describes Dan as “a leading light among litigators.”

Areas of Expertise

  • Class action litigation
  • Title VII, ADEA, ADA, FMLA, FLSA litigation and counseling
  • State and federal discrimination, harassment, whistleblower and retaliation litigation and counseling
  • Defamation, breach of contract, non-compete and trade secret cases
  • Complex business litigation
  • Negotiating collective bargaining agreements
  • NLRB proceedings and trials
  • Discharge and contract interpretation arbitrations
  • Drafting high level executive agreements and employment contracts
  • Conducting confidential investigations
  • Training and advising clients on personnel and supervisory relations

Speaking Engagements and Publications

  • Contributing author, "Employment Law In Michigan – Family and Medical Leave Act," ICLE 2nd Ed.
  • Frequent speaker before professional and industry groups including the ABA, the State Bar of Michigan, the Institute for Continuing Legal Education, and SHRM

Awards and Recognition

  • Selected 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 Lawyer of the Year, Detroit Employment Law - Management, by Best Lawyers®
  • Selected Top 10 Lawyers in Michigan by SuperLawyers Magazine® for two consecutive years
  • Selected Top 100 Lawyers in Michigan by SuperLawyers Magazine® for eleven consecutive years
  • Rated “# 1” among Michigan labor and employment lawyers by Chambers USA: Leading Lawyers for Business® , 2005-2017
  • Fellow, American College of Labor and Employment Lawyers
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America© since 1998

Professional and Community Involvement

  • Chair of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan, 2009-10
  • Member, American Employment Lawyers Council
  • Member, ABA, EEO Sub-Committee
  • Member, Board of Directors, YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit, 2014 -
News
Sixty-Seven Clark Hill Attorneys Named 2018 Leading LawyersSixty-Six Clark Hill Attorneys Named 2017 Michigan Super Lawyers & Rising StarsSeventy-Four Clark Hill Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in the 2018 Edition of Best Lawyers in AmericaClark Hill Attorneys Named 2017 “Leaders in their Field” by Chambers USATwenty-Eight Clark Hill Attorneys Named to DBusiness Magazine's 2017 Top Lawyers ListSixty Clark Hill Attorneys Named 2016 Michigan Super Lawyers & Rising StarsSixty-Four Clark Hill Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in the 2017 Edition of Best Lawyers in AmericaClark Hill Attorneys Named 2016 “Leaders in their Field” by Chambers USASixty-Six Clark Hill Attorneys Selected for the 2015 Super Lawyers Business EditionTwenty-Eight Clark Hill Attorneys Named to DBusiness Magazine's 2016 Top Lawyers ListSixty-Five Clark Hill Attorneys Named to Michigan Super Lawyers 2015 ListClark Hill PLC Receives National and Metropolitan Tier 1 Rankings in the 2016 Edition of Best Lawyers in America's “Best Law Firms”Sixty-Two Clark Hill Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in the 2016 Edition of Best Lawyers in AmericaChambers USA Names Clark Hill Attorneys “Leaders in their Field” for 2015Clark Hill Attorney Daniel J. Bretz to Present at ICLE’s Labor & Employment Law Institute April 9th in Plymouth, MI Fifty-Seven Clark Hill Attorneys Named 2014 Leading LawyersSixty-Three Clark Hill Attorneys Named to Michigan Super Lawyers 2014 List Thirty-Seven Clark Hill Attorneys named DBusiness Top Lawyers for 2015Fifty-Nine Clark Hill Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in the 2015 Edition of Best Lawyers in America Chambers USA Names Thirteen Clark Hill Attorneys “Leaders in their Field” for 2014Twenty-Three Clark Hill Attorneys named DBusiness Top Lawyers for 2014Bretz, Dee and Koenig elected to Clark Hill’s Executive CommitteeSixty-Five Clark Hill Attorneys Named to Michigan Super Lawyers & Rising Stars 2013 ListFifty-Seven Clark Hill Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in the 2014 Edition of Best Lawyers in AmericaForty-Seven Clark Hill Attorneys Named 2013 Top Lawyers by dBusiness MagazineForty-Four Clark Hill PLC Attorneys Selected for Inclusion on the 2013 Best Lawyers in America ListClark Hill PLC Labor and Employment, and Health Care Attorneys to Present at The Michigan Council of the Society of Human Resource Managers' 2012 Conference, Oct. 10-12Fifty-Three Clark Hill Attorneys Named to Michigan Super Lawyers & Rising Stars 2012 ListThirty-Six Clark Hill Attorneys Named to Super Lawyers Business Edition 2012Clark Hill PLC Nationally Ranked by Prestigious Chambers USATwelve Clark Hill Attorneys Named to DBusiness Magazine’s 2012 Top Lawyers ListForty Clark Hill Attorneys Listed in the Best Lawyers in America 2012 EditionForty-Nine Clark Hill Attorneys Named to Michigan Super Lawyers & Rising Stars 2011 ListClark Hill Attorney Daniel J. Bretz Inducted as Fellow to the College of Labor and Employment LawyersClark Hill Attorneys Daniel J. Bretz and Reginald M. Turner Elected to Clark Hill PLC Executive CommitteeFifty-One Clark Hill Attorneys Named to Michigan Super Lawyers & Rising Stars 2010 ListThirty Four Clark Hill Attorneys Listed in the Best Lawyers in America 2011 EditionSeven Clark Hill Attorneys Named to Chambers USA List of Leading Business AttorneysClark Hill Attorneys Daniel J. Bretz, William B. Dunn and Daniel H. Minkus Ranked #1 by Chambers USA 2009.Thirty Clark Hill Attorneys Selected as Best Lawyers in AmericaThirty Two Clark Hill Attorneys Named in Michigan Super Lawyers MagazineClark Hill Attorneys Named to Chambers USA List of Leading Attorneys in 2009Twenty-Five Clark Hill Attorneys Selected as Best Lawyers in AmericaNine Clark Hill Attorneys Named to Super Lawyers’ Corporate Counsel EditionClark Hill Attorney Daniel J. Bretz Elected Chair of the State Bar of Michigan’s Labor and Employment Law SectionClark Hill Attorney Daniel J. Bretz to Present “You Are Not The Boss Of Me! Balancing Employer Lifestyle Requirements Against Employee Privacy Rights” WebinarClark Hill Attorneys Named to Chambers USA List of Leading Attorneys in 2008Clark Hill Attorneys Daniel Bretz, Paul Coughenour and Michael Nowlan to Present at ICLE’s 33rd Annual Labor & Employment Law InstituteFour Clark Hill Attorneys Named in Michigan Super Lawyers Magazine Top 100Thirty Two Clark Hill Attorneys Selected as Michigan Super Lawyers