Clark Hill Attorneys Daniel J. Bretz and Reginald M. Turner Elected to Clark Hill PLC Executive Committee

Oct 19, 2010
DETROIT, MI – Clark Hill attorneys Daniel J. Bretz and Reginald M. Turner have been elected to serve on the executive committee of Clark Hill PLC, firm CEO John Hern announced this month. Bretz and Turner will serve a two year term beginning January 1, 2011. This is a first term for Bretz, and a third term for Turner.

Daniel J. Bretz represents clients across the entire spectrum of employment and labor law. His clients include regional and national employers in health care, transportation, construction, automotive and hospitality industries. He has served as first chair in class actions and individual cases involving discrimination, harassment, contract and labor issues. In both 2009 and 2010, Dan was named one of the Top 10 Lawyers in all of Michigan in a peer review survey conducted by SuperLawyers® . For the last 5 years, Dan has been rated “# 1” in the highest tier of Michigan labor and employment lawyers by Chambers USA: Leading Lawyers for Business . He has been listed in Best Lawyers in America for over 10 years. Chambers USA describes Dan as “a leading light among litigators” in Michigan.

Dan is a respected advocate, counselor and leader. His expertise includes:

• Title VII, ADEA, ADA, FMLA, FLSA, and state law harassment, discrimination, whistleblower and retaliation claims
• Breach of contract, wrongful discharge, defamation, non-compete, and trade secret cases
• Class action litigation
• Complex commercial and business litigation
• Negotiating collective bargaining agreements
• NLRB trials and representational proceedings
• Serving as an independent Arbitrator and Mediator
• Drafting high level executive agreements and employment contracts
• Advising and training clients on personnel policies, supervisory relations, union campaigns, and collective bargaining issues

In 2009, Dan served as Chair of the Governing Council of the State Bar of Michigan, Labor and Employment Law Section, which consists of over 2,200 employment lawyers. He is a member of the American Bar Association's Labor and Employment Law Section, and the ABA’s EEO Sub-Committee. Dan is also a member of the American Employment Lawyers Council.

Dan is a contributing author to Employment Law In Michigan , 2nd Ed. He has authored several articles and papers on collective bargaining, union organizing, the Family Medical Leave Act, sexual harassment, and litigating employment discrimination claims. He is a frequent speaker on labor and employment issues before various groups such as the ABA, the Michigan State Bar, and the Michigan Institute for Continuing Legal Education.

Reginald M. Turner is a highly skilled litigator and lobbyist. He is a member of Clark Hill’s Executive Committee, its Government Policy Group and its Labor and Employment Group. Reginald is also a director of Comerica, Inc.,one of America’s largest financial institutions. Reginald is named in the peer review guides The Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers® . He is a life fellow of the American Bar Foundation, an honor reserved to less than one percent of lawyers in each state. He was named to Crain's Power Lawyers 2008. Reginald was a Michigan Lawyer of the Year in 2005. He is a Past President of the National Bar Association and Past President of the State Bar of Michigan. He serves as Chairman of the American Bar Association Committee on Issues of Concern to the Profession.

Reginald has successfully litigated in state and federal civil courts, state and federal administrative tribunals, and grievance and interest arbitrations. His experience includes successful defense of class action cases in state and federal courts. He regularly counsels clients in negotiation, drafting and administration of labor and employment contracts in the private and public sectors. Reginald is a member of the labor and employment sections of the American Bar Association, the National Bar Association and the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association. He is certified in arbitration by the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service. Reginald previously served on the Board of Directors of the American Society of Employers, the American Arbitration Association's Michigan Employment Advisory Council and the State Bar of Michigan's Labor and Employment Section Council.

Reginald regularly counsels clients and advocates for them on important matters of public policy. He has governmental experience at the federal, state and local levels. Reginald remains active in public service and civic and charitable organizations. He is Chairman of the City of Detroit Board of Ethics. In 2003, Governor Jennifer Granholm appointed Reginald to the Michigan State Board of Education and he won a statewide election for a full term in 2006. From 2000-2003, Reginald represented Detroit Mayor Dennis Archer on the Detroit Board of Education. He is Secretary of the Greater Wayne County Economic Development Corporation and General Counsel of the Wayne County Business Development Corporation. In 1996-97, he completed a White House Fellowship in Washington, D.C., managing a Presidential Task Force and working as an aide to former Housing and Urban Development Secretaries Henry Cisneros and Andrew Cuomo.

Reginald is Vice Chairman of the Detroit Institute of Arts, and Vice Chairman of the Detroit Police Foundation. He is a Director of the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, and a Board Member of the Hudson-Webber Foundation. He formerly served on Governor John Engler's Blue Ribbon Commission on Michigan Gaming and on the City of Detroit Brownfield Redevelopment Advisory Committee. He is a past Chairman of the United Way for Southeastern Michigan.