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Daniel J. Bretz

Of Counsel
fax +1 313.309.6956

Daniel J. Bretz represents major private employers in various aspects of labor and employment law.


J.D., Wayne State University Law School, Detroit, Michigan
B.A., University of Michigan, Michigan


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

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®

Chambers USA – Labor & Employment (Michigan) (2005-2020), Senior Statesperson (2021)

Fellow, American College of Labor and Employment Lawyers


Chair of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan, 2009-2010

Member, American Employment Lawyers Council

Member, ABA, EEO Sub-Committee

Member, Board of Directors, YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit

State Bar Licenses

  • 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