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Reginald M. Turner

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Detroit

500 Woodward Ave
Suite 3500
Detroit, MI 48226
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Education
J.D., University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1987
B.S., Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, 1982
State Bar Licenses
Michigan
Court Admissions
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit
U.S. District Ct., E.D. of Michigan
U.S. District Ct., W.D. of Michigan
Super lawyers 2015
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Reginald M. Turner

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Reginald Turner is a highly accomplished litigator, government affairs advocate and strategic advisor. He is a member of Clark Hill’s Executive Committee, Government Policy Group, and Labor and Employment Practice Group. Reginald is named in the peer review guides Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers®, as well as the Michigan Chronicle Power 50, DBusiness Top Lawyers, Crain’s Detroit Business Power Lawyers and Crain’s Most Connected.  He has been identified by Michigan Lawyers Weekly and Best Lawyers as a Lawyer of the Year.

Reginald has successfully litigated commercial, employment, labor, class action and public policy matters in state and federal courts and administrative tribunals. He regularly counsels clients in negotiation, drafting and administration of labor and employment contracts in the private and public sectors. Reginald has served on the Board of Directors of the American Society of Employers, the American Arbitration Association’s Michigan Employment Advisory Council and the State Bar of Michigan’s Labor and Employment Section Council.

As an experienced lobbyist, Reginald advocates effectively for corporate clients in federal, state and local matters.  He has significant government service experience at all three levels. Reginald served as a White House Fellow under President Bill Clinton, and worked for U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretaries Henry Cisneros and Andrew Cuomo. He has also had gubernatorial, mayoral and county executive appointments in Michigan.

Reginald is a director of Comerica, Inc., one of the nation’s largest financial institutions. He chairs the board’s Enterprise Risk Committee, and serves on the Audit Committee and the Qualified Legal Compliance Committee. Reginald is also a director of Masco Corporation, one of the world's largest manufacturers of brand name products for new home construction and home improvement. He serves on the board’s Audit Committee and Governance Committee.

Reginald is a past president of the National Bar Association and past president of the State Bar of Michigan. He has served as the State Delegate for Michigan in the American Bar Association House of Delegates, and as chair of the ABA House of Delegates Rules & Calendar Committee, the Committee on Issues of Concern to the Profession, and the Committee on Credentials and Admissions. Reginald is also a past chair of the ABA Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession and the Commission on the Lawyer's Role in Assuring Every Child a Quality Education. He is a Life Benefactor Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, an honor reserved to less than 1 percent of lawyers in each state.

Reginald is active in public service and civic and charitable organizations. He is chairman of the Detroit Public Safety Foundation, vice chairman of the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan and a trustee of the Hudson-Webber Foundation. He is a past chair of the United Way for Southeastern Michigan, and a past vice chairman of the Detroit Institute of Arts.

In 2003, Governor Jennifer Granholm appointed Reginald to the Michigan State Board of Education and he won a statewide election for a full term in 2006. From 2000-2003, Reginald represented Detroit Mayor Dennis Archer on the Detroit Board of Education. He has previously served as Secretary of the Wayne County Airport Authority, as Secretary of the Wayne County Business Development Corporation, on Governor John Engler’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Michigan Gaming, as chairman of the City of Detroit Board of Ethics, and on the Detroit Brownfield Redevelopment Advisory Committee.

Awards/Achievements
Named Michigan's 2019 Government Relations Practice "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers
Best Lawyers in America (2019 Edition) for Commercial Litigation; Employment Law-Management; Government Relations Practice; Labor Law-Management; Litigation - ERISA; Litigation-Labor & Employment; Litigation - Municipal
The Best Lawyers in America, 2003 – present
Super Lawyers®, 2005 – present
DBusiness Top Lawyers
Michigan Lawyers Weekly, Lawyer of the Year 2005
Memberships
American Bar Foundation, Life Benefactor Fellow
American Bar Association, Member House of Delegates, Member Labor and Employment Section
American Bar Association, Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity, Chair, 2011-2014
American Constitution Society, Michigan Chapter Board of Directors
Comerica, Inc., Board of Directors
Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, Vice Chairman
Detroit Institute of Arts, Vice Chair
Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association, Member Labor and Employment Section
Detroit Public Safety Foundation, Vice Chair
Federal Bar Association, Member Labor Section
Hudson-Webber Foundation, Trustee
Levin Center at Wayne State University Law School, Advisory Board Member
Masco Corporation, Board of Directors
National Bar Association, Past President; Member Labor and Employment Section
National Bar Institute, Board of Directors
State Bar of Michigan, Past-President; Member Labor and Employment Section
United Way for Southeastern Michigan, Board of Directors, Past Chair
University of Michigan Law School, Hargo Scholarship Committee
Articles
Reginald M. Turner Legal News Profile: Steady Hand, Area Attorney Relishes Challenge of Business LitigationClark Hill Attorneys Reginald M. Turner and Emory D. Moore, Jr. Mentioned in Crain's Detroit Business: Cass Tech's Legal Alumni Gather, October 2016Clark Hill Attorneys Reginald M. Turner and Emory D. Moore, Jr. Mentioned in Oakland County Legal News: Cass Tech Alumni to Host 'Lawyers & Judges' Event, October 2016Reginald M. Turner Quoted in The Legal News: Mindful Lawyering, Panel Looks at the 'Ethics of Knowing When to Say No', May 2016Reginald M. Turner Quoted in The Legal News: Wayne Law Panel Looks at the 'Ethics of When to Say No', April 2016Reginald M. Turner Mentioned in C&GNews: The State of Michigan, Infrastructure and Industry are Focus of Annual Government Forecast, March 2016Reginald M. Turner Quoted in The Guardian: Detroit Teachers' Sickout Shuts Down Schools as Officials Scramble for RecourseReginald M. Turner Quoted in The Detroit News: Detroit's Future Tied to Schools, November 2014Reginald M. Turner Quoted in The Detroit News: Detroit Rises: Let's Find Common Ground on Education, November 2014
Presentations
SE MI LE Conference 2016 WhistleblowerHow the New NLRB Election and Handbook Rules Challenge Employers
Media
Reginald M. Turner Speaks on WDIV Channel 4 Flashpoint: Healthcare, Russian Politics, Wiretapping, Detroit Hot Topics, March 2017Channel 4 Flashpoint: Reginald M. Turner Interviewed on the Education Achievement Authority of MichiganCrain's Detroit Business Executive Insights - Keep Growth on the up...and up: How Companies Can Sustain Success
News
Sixty-Six Clark Hill Attorneys Named 2018 Michigan Super Lawyers & Rising Stars143 Clark Hill Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in the 2019 Edition of Best Lawyers in AmericaClark Hill’s Chicago Office to Host National Bar Association’s Prestigious Heman Sweatt Awards Reception April 20, 2018Clark Hill Attorney Reginald Turner to Discuss Diversity at PDA’s Detroit MeetingSixty-Seven Clark Hill Attorneys Named 2018 Leading LawyersClark Hill Attorney Reginald M. Turner Named to Savoy’s 2017 Most Influential Black Corporate Directors ListClark Hill Attorney Reginald M. Turner Elected to Fellowship in the College of Labor and Employment LawyersClark Hill Attorney Reginald M. Turner Nominated for Election to Fellowship in the College of Labor and Employment LawyersSixty-Six Clark Hill Attorneys Named 2017 Michigan Super Lawyers & Rising StarsSeventy-Four Clark Hill Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in the 2018 Edition of Best Lawyers in AmericaClark Hill Attorney Reginald M. Turner to Provide Insight On Detroit Elections at Detroit Regional Chamber Mackinac Policy Conference on June 2, 2017Clark Hill Attorney Reginald M. Turner Principal Author of Labor Law Chapter of Business and Commercial Litigation in Federal Courts, Fourth Edition by Thompson ReutersClark Hill PLC Partners With Plante Moran to Present School Law and Finance Seminar on January 21, 2017Twenty-Eight Clark Hill Attorneys Named to DBusiness Magazine's 2017 Top Lawyers ListSixty Clark Hill Attorneys Named 2016 Michigan Super Lawyers & Rising StarsSixty-Four Clark Hill Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in the 2017 Edition of Best Lawyers in AmericaClark Hill Attorney Reginald M. Turner Slated as Panelist in ABA and Duke Law Center “Rules Amendment Roadshow” in Detroit, MI on May 19, 2016Clark Hill Attorney Reginald M. Turner to Present on “Mindful Lawyering: The Ethics of Knowing When to Say No” at Wayne State University Law School April 4, 2016 Clark Hill Attorney Reginald M. Turner to Moderate Birmingham Bloomfield Chamber Government Forecast Breakfast Headlined by Senator Gary Peters on March 7, 2016Sixty-Six Clark Hill Attorneys Selected for the 2015 Super Lawyers Business EditionTwenty-Eight Clark Hill Attorneys Named to DBusiness Magazine's 2016 Top Lawyers ListClark Hill Members John Hern, Reginald M. Turner, and Linda M. Watson Elected to Clark Hill PLC Executive CommitteeSixty-Five Clark Hill Attorneys Named to Michigan Super Lawyers 2015 ListClark Hill PLC Receives National and Metropolitan Tier 1 Rankings in the 2016 Edition of Best Lawyers in America's “Best Law Firms”Sixty-Two Clark Hill Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in the 2016 Edition of Best Lawyers in AmericaClark Hill Attorney Reginald Turner to Receive 2015 Trailblazer Award at the Michigan CBC Delegation Reception Clark Hill Attorney Reginald M. Turner Appointed Chair of the Rules and Calendar Committee of the ABA House of Delegates Clark Hill Attorney Reginald Turner to Present at the Corporate Counsel Women of Color 10th Anniversary Conference On Wednesday, October 8, 2014Fifty-Seven Clark Hill Attorneys Named 2014 Leading LawyersSixty-Three Clark Hill Attorneys Named to Michigan Super Lawyers 2014 List Thirty-Seven Clark Hill Attorneys named DBusiness Top Lawyers for 2015Fifty-Nine Clark Hill Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in the 2015 Edition of Best Lawyers in America Clark Hill Attorney Reginald M. Turner to Present on Managing Retiree Health Benefits for the Michigan Public Employers Labor Relations Association March 7, 2014