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Connie M. Cessante

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Connie Cessante advises employers on all matters relating to the employment relationship, conducts workplace investigations, and litigates and defends employment-related claims filed under federal and state law.

Connie counsels employers, large and small, on a variety of day-to-day employment matters including disciplinary action, wage and hour issues, internal workplace investigations, workplace training, and drafts personnel policies and employment agreements. She has successfully defended an array of employment claims including claims of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, whistleblower claims, violations of the Family and Medical Leave Act and wage and hour laws, breach of contract, wrongful discharge, and administrative charges.


J.D., University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, Detroit, Michigan, 1987
B.S., magna cum laude, University of Detroit Mercy, Detroit, Michigan, 1983


Best Lawyers in America (2019 and 2021 Edition) for Employment Law-Management; Litigation-Labor and Employment

Martindale-Hubbell Law Firm Directory – “AV” Rating

Michigan Super Lawyers continuously since 2010

Leading Lawyers 2014 and 2020

Top Lawyers in Michigan 2018, Michigan Lawyers Weekly

Top Attorney In Michigan, Crain’s Detroit Business September 2019

DBusiness Magazine’s Top Lawyers 2019, 2017, 2015, and 2013

Hour Detroit Magazine’s Top Women Attorneys in Michigan 2020, 2018, 2017, 2016 and 2014

Fortune Magazine’s 2013 Top Rated Lawyers in the area of labor & employment law


State Bar of Michigan, Labor & Employment Law Section

American Bar Association, Labor & Employment Law Section and Committee on Individual Rights and Responsibilities

Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association, Labor & Employment Law Section

Defense Research Institute

Plymouth Community Chamber of Commerce

Ministry Council for the Capuchin Soup Kitchen

State Bar Licenses


Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit
U.S. District Ct., E.D. of Michigan
U.S. District Ct., W.D. of Michigan
U.S. District Ct., N.D. of Indiana
U.S. District Ct., S.D. of Indiana


  • Absence Management & the Family and Medical Leave Act
  • SE MI LE Conference Telecommuting in the Digital Age
  • Wrapping Your Arms Around Leave and Absenteeism Issues to Reduce Associated Costs (Co-Presented)
  • SE MI LE Conference FMLA and ADA Accommodation Case Study
  • SE MI LE Conference Workplace Investigations – The Must Haves
  • Webinar: Benefits on Termination and a Leave of Absence
  • ICLE: Contributing Author, Wage-Hour and Other Statutory Claims, Employment Litigation in Michigan, Third Edition