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Brian Schwartz

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Education

University of Michigan Law School, J.D., 2005

Cornell University, B.S. 2002

Bar Admissions

Court Admissions

U.S. Supreme Court

U.S. Court of Appeals

  • Sixth Circuit
  • Seventh Circuit

U.S. District Courts

  • Eastern District of Michigan
  • Western District of Michigan
  • Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • Northern District of Ohio

Brian Schwartz represents management in various aspects of labor and employment counseling and litigation.

His practice focuses on defending class-action lawsuits involving retiree health benefit disputes and employment discrimination. He also has been involved in defending race, gender and disability discrimination claims.

Representative Matters

Reported and Published Decisions

Madry v. Gibraltar National Corp., 2012 WL 2097357 (6th Cir. May 16, 2013) (Family and Medical Leave Act) 

Greer v. Detroit Public Schools, 507 Fed.Appx 567 (6th Cir. Dec. 6, 2012) (deprivation of property and liberty claims in violation of rights protected the U.S. Constitution) 

Griffor v. DTE Energy, 2013 WL 3450032 (Mich. App. Ct. July 9, 2013) (discrimination, harassment and retaliation) 

Billings v Michigan Ability Partners, 795 N.W.2d 10 (Mich. 2011) (disability discrimination)

Allen v Sears Roebuck and Co., 803 F.Supp.2d 690, 2011 WL 1044484 (E.D. Mich. Mar. 10, 2011) (age discrimination)

Dobrowski v Jay Dee Contractors, 571 F.3d 551, (6th Cir. 2009) (Family and Medical Leave Act)

Boeing Co. v March, 656 F.Supp.2d 837 (N.D. Ill. 2009) (retiree health benefit claims under the Labor Management Relations Act and the Employee Retirement Income Security Act)

Leannah v Alliant Energy Corp. and Wisconsin Power & Light Co., 607 F.Supp.2d 946 (E.D. Wis. 2009) (retiree health benefit claims under the Labor Management Relations Act and the Employee Retirement Income Security Act)

Williams v Detroit Bd. of Educ., 523 F.Supp.2d 602 (E.D. Mich. 2007), aff’d, 306 Fed.Appx. 943 (6th Cir. 2009) (defamation)

Honors

University of Michigan Law School, cum laude; honors in Legal Practice Program; Michigan Journal of International Law Articles Editor, 2004-2005; Published Author, Robert S. Feldman Labor Law Award, 2005; Eric Stein Award, 2005 University of Michigan Law School Hockey Team, Captain

Cornell University, Dean's List; Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity; Inter-Fraternity Council, Director of Greek Awards

Denmark International Studies Program

Michigan Super Lawyers, Employment Litigation Defense, Rising Star 2010-present

Michigan Lawyers Weekly, Up and Coming Lawyer, 2012

Professional Activities

American Bar Association, Employee Benefits Committee; Co-Chair, Subcommittee on Collective Bargaining and Employee Benefits

State Bar of Michigan

Oakland County Bar Association

B'nai Brith Barristers

Civic, Cultural & Social Activities

Yeshivat Akiva (Southfield, Mich.), Board of Directors

Speeches

"Independent Contractor vs. Employee," American Payroll Association, Detroit Chapter, March 11, 2011, Novi, Michigan 

"How Independent Are Your Contractors?," Michigan Manufacturers Association, November 11, 2010, Lansing, Michigan

Publications

"Asked and Answered: Brian Schwartz on Lane v. Franks," Detroit Legal News, July 17, 2014

"The Family Medical and Leave Act," (Contributing Author), 2013 Cumulative Supplement, Bloomberg BNA

"Employment at Will: A State-by-State Survey," (Chapter Author), American Bar Association, Section of Labor and Employment Law, 2011 and 2013 Supplement

"Employee Benefits Law," (Contributing Author), Third Edition, 2013 Cumulative Supplement, Bloomberg BNA

"NLRB Rulings Clarify Supervisory Exemptions," Labor and Employment Lawnotes (Winter 2007)

"WTO and GMOs: Analyzing the European Community's Recent Regulations Covering the Labeling of Genetically Modified Organisms," 25 Mich. J. Int'l L. 771 (2004)

Articles