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Brian D. Shekell

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Brian Shekell is the Deputy Business Unit Leader for Clark Hill’s Labor and Employment group. He partners with companies to create practical, workable solutions to managing their workforce, defends companies in lawsuits involving employment-related disputes and is often called on to litigate high stakes political law matters.

Working with companies in all aspects of managing their non-union and union workforces Brian regularly counsels businesses regarding effective policies and practices, employee performance issues, and separating employees when necessary. Companies frequently turn to Brian to defend them in lawsuits involving claims under Title VII, the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act (ELCRA), Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), and several other federal and state employment statutes. Brian also has significant experience drafting employment agreements and litigating cases involving non-competition agreements.

In addition to his employment law practice, Brian litigates high-profile political law matters on behalf of legislative bodies, elected officials, political parties, and organizations. His recent experience includes serving as trial and appellate counsel in Michigan’s redistricting litigation, representing the Michigan House of Representatives and Senate in defending revisions to Michigan’s Election Law, securing the dismissal of a lawsuit brought by members of a local political party against its leadership, and responding to campaign finance complaints brought against companies and organizations.

From 2015 to 2018, Brian served as a Supreme Court appointee to the State Bar of Michigan’s Board of Commissioners. In 2020, he was appointed by the President of the State Bar of Michigan to serve on its Public Policy Committee, where he helps to review and formulate recommendations to the Board of Commissioners on various matters that impact the legal profession and related public policy issues in Michigan. Brian is also a former President of the Michigan Lawyers’ Chapter of the Federalist Society and currently serves on its Board of Advisors.


J.D., Wayne State University Law School, Detroit, Michigan, 2011, Brian was the president of the Law School‚ moot court program, editor-in-chief of the Jessup International Law moot court team, and president of the Law School Federalist Society chapter.
B.A., Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, 2007


Named among Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America® in Labor and Employment Law – Management; Litigation – Labor and Employment by Best Lawyers (2021-2024)

Michigan Super Lawyers Rising Stars, Labor & Employment (2017-2021)

Michigan Super Lawyers Rising Stars, Labor & Employment: Defense (2016)

Michigan Lawyers Weekly Up and Coming Lawyers (2015)


State Bar of Michigan, Board of Commissioners

Federalist Society, Michigan Lawyers Chapter

American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section

State Bar Licenses


Court Admissions

U.S. District Ct., E.D. of Michigan
U.S. District Ct., W.D. of Michigan