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Richard W. Fanning Jr.

Senior Counsel

Richard W. Fanning, Jr. is an experienced labor and employment attorney and human resources executive. His experience as a lawyer and in HR leadership at a large university gives him a unique perspective focusing on legal representation that delivers practical results. Rick delivers legal solutions that align with an organization’s mission, vision, and values and their organizational capacity.

Rick has more than two decades of working with public and private sector employers in all areas of labor relations. He represents a broad range of clients in collective bargaining, arbitrations, and unfair labor practice charge proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board and state bodies such as the Michigan Employment Relations Commission. He advises clients in all aspects of employment and labor law, including responding to allegations of discrimination and harassment. Rick also represents educational institutions in labor and employment, as well as student-related issues.

Rick is a Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Certified Senior Professional and was the director of employee relations at a large Big Ten university where he was a member of the human resources executive team. He also served as chief negotiator and was responsible for labor and employee relations matters, including staff employee discipline, the ADA accommodation process, unemployment claims processing and assisting in the response to claims of discrimination and harassment. He also served as the Interim Associate Vice President for Human Resources for ten (10) months.

Rick is a recognized authority on labor and employment law. He conducts frequent training and presentations.  He is the immediate past president of the Michigan Public Employer Labor Relations Association.


J.D., University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor, Michigan
B.A., University of Michigan, Michigan


Society for Human Resource Management, with SHRM-SCP certification

Michigan Public Employer Labor Relations Association

College and University Professional Association for Human Resources

State Bar of Michigan

State Bar Licenses


Court Admissions

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