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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 2024 Top Lawyer by DBusiness

Named among The Best Lawyers in America® for Employment Law-Management; Labor Law-Management (2011-2024)

Named a Leading Lawyer in Detroit by Leading Lawyers℠ (2014-2024)

Named Detroit, Michigan’s 2022 Employment Law – Management “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers

Named Detroit, Michigan’s 2024 Employment Law – Management “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers


Selected to the Michigan Super Lawyers list for Employment & Labor (2021)

  • Michigan Super Lawyers Top 10
  • Michigan Super Lawyers Top 100

Chambers USA “Leader in Their Field”, Labor & Employment (Michigan) (2005-2020), Senior Statesperson (2021-2024)

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