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Daniel J. Bretz

Of Counsel
Office

Detroit

500 Woodward Ave
Suite 3500
Detroit, MI 48226
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Fax: +13133096956
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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Super lawyers 2015
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Daniel J. Bretz

Of Counsel

Daniel J. Bretz 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 2014-2020 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®, 2005-2020
  • 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 -
Awards/Achievements
Named among Best Lawyers in America for Employment Law-Management; Labor Law-Management (2019 and 2021)
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