Clark Hill Attorneys David Cessante and Stephanie Clifford Elected to Membership of the Firm

Jan 21, 2008

DETROIT , MI The members of Clark Hill have elected to admit David Cessante and Stephanie Clifford, both of Clark Hill’s Labor and Employment group, to membership of the firm.

“We are fortunate to have both Dave and Stephanie as part of our team,” announced CEO John Hern. “They are both talented attorneys who are dedicated to client service and advocacy. Congratulations on a tremendous milestone.”

David Cessante is a member in Clark Hill's Labor & Employment Practice Group. Prior to joining Clark Hill he was an associate with Brady Hathaway Brady & Bretz, P.C.. Mr. Cessante represents employers in a variety of labor and employment litigation matters in both state and federal court.

Mr. Cessante has also represented employers before numerous administrative tribunals, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Michigan Department of Civil Rights, the Illinois Department of Human Rights, the United States and Michigan Departments of Labor and the National Labor Relations Board.  Mr. Cessante has experience with matters involving all types of claims under state and federal employment discrimination statutes, family and medical leave laws and traditional labor disputes. In addition to litigation matters, Mr. Cessante counsels employers in day-to-day labor and employment matters.

Mr. Cessante graduated magna cum laude from Western Michigan University in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science degree and received his law degree from the Villanova University School of Law in 1998. In law school, Mr. Cessante served as an Editor of Student Works for the Villanova Environmental Law Journal.

Mr. Cessante is admitted to practice in Michigan and the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan, the Central District of Illinois and the Northern District of Indiana.Affiliations.

Mr. Cessante is a member of the American Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Section, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Committee, the Michigan Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law Section and the Oakland County Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Section. Mr. Cessante is the Chair of the Oakland County Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Section.

Mr. Cessante has lectured on various employment topics, including the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Americans With Disabilities Act and preventing sexual harassment in the workplace.

Mr. Cessante’s published works include "Update of FMLA Cases from the Sixth Circuit and Eastern District of Michigan", Laches Oakland County Bar Association, August 2006; "Family and Medical Leave Act" section, Institute of Continuing Legal Education’s Employment Law in Michigan, An Employer’s Guide, 2005 ed.; “Combating Hostile Work Environment Sexual Harassment Liability with an Effective Sexual Harassment Policy”, Laches Oakland County Bar Association, August 2002; “An Indirect Approach to Direct Evidence: An Analysis of the Michigan Supreme Court’s Seminal Ruling on Direct Evidence in Debrow v. Century 21 Great Lakes, Inc.”, Laches Oakland County Bar Association, August 2001.

Mr. Cessante received the David G. Butterworth Editor Achievement Award in recognition for being the Villanova Environmental Law Journal’s outstanding editor for 1997-98.

Stephanie J. Clifford is a member in Clark Hill’s Labor and Employment Practice Group.  Ms. Clifford’s practice focuses on employment litigation involving state and federal claims of harassment, retaliation, sex, race, national origin, religious and disability discrimination, sales representative commission claims, as well as ERISA and Family and Medical Leave Act claims.  She has defended employers before both state and federal agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Michigan Department of Civil Rights, and the U.S. Department of Labor Wage-Hour Division.

Ms. Clifford also advises employers of FMLA compliance issues, wage-hour issues, disability accommodation requirements, employee confidentiality and non-competition issues and other general employment law matters.  She has experience negotiating and drafting employee severance agreements.  Ms. Clifford has helped a number of employers draft and revise employment policies and handbooks. She has also performed investigations of employee harassment complaints, as well as other employee misconduct.

Ms. Clifford has lectured on a variety of employment law topics including: the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, employer recordkeeping and personnel files, sexual harassment and discrimination law, conducting employee background checks, violence in the workplace, and employee privacy issues.

Ms. Clifford is member of the Board of Directors of the Accounting Aid Society, a non-profit organization that provides tax assistance and promotes the economic self-sufficiency of low-income families, seniors and others in need.  She is also a Founding Board Member of The Uptown Group (TUG), which is a collection of young professionals dedicated to making a difference in Southeastern Michigan through fun and innovative social events, cultural programs and community outreach on behalf of The Community House.  Ms. Clifford is also a member of the Bay View Association and Hope Lutheran Church.

While at the University of Michigan Law School, Ms. Clifford was the administrative manager of the Journal of Gender and Law.

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