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Douglas L. Callander

Senior Attorney

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+1.269.388.6805
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+1.269.381.7030
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+1.269.382.0244
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Education

University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, J.D., 1974

University of Michigan, B.A. 1971

Bar Admissions

Court Admissions

U.S. Supreme Court

U.S. Court of Appeals

  • Sixth Circuit

U.S. District Courts

  • Western District of Michigan
  • Eastern District of Michigan

Douglas L. Callander represents public and private employers in state and federal courts, labor relation boards and administrative agencies.

He was leader of the labor and employment and litigation sections at his previous firm.  In his 35 years' practice he has negotiated hundreds of collective bargaining agreements and arbitrated hundreds of employment claims.

Representative Matters

Doug represented an employer in a suit filed under the Americans With Disabilities Act by a young man who claimed he was fired from his job because he had Tourettes Syndrome. The man’s claim was complicated by the fact that he had involuntary muscle reactions (tics) which caused him to repeatedly beat himself around the eyes, leading to technical blindness. He claimed, and his expert supported him, that his tics and loss of sight were a direct result of increased anxiety caused by his termination. Furthermore, the young man also suffered from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, which is a common condition for Tourettes sufferers.

Our challenge in this lengthy trial was to balance our passion with a need to calmly accept the plaintiff’s condition with empathy but without a hint of accepting responsibility for it. We were successful, and the jury returned a verdict for us after deliberating for about 45 minutes.”

Representative Matters

His experience includes negotiating over 250 collective bargaining agreements and arbitrating more than 150 employment claims.  He is a highly rated litigator who has successfully defended numerous lawsuits in multiple states.

Honors

"One of the Best Legal Minds in Kalamazoo," Kalamazoo Gazette, 1990

"Community Service Award," Kalamazoo County Bar Association

Michigan Super Lawyers, Labor & Employment 2008

Professional Activities

State Bar of Michigan

Kalamazoo County Bar Association, Pro Bono Legal Services Volunteer

Michigan Super Lawyers, 2007-present

Civic, Cultural & Social Activities

Greater Kalamazoo United Way, V.P., President, Former Board Member, Chairman: Allocations Committee, Special Projects/Labor Committee, Executive Search Committee, New Admissions Committee, Member, Personnel Committee

J.H. Quantum Technology, Inc., Director and Officer

Family Resource Center/Child Guidance Clinic, Chairman of the Board; Capital Fund Campaign, Chairman

Kalamazoo Drug Court, Fund Raiser

Association for Retarded Citizens, Former Board Member

Kalamazoo Community Forum, Former Board Member

Lakeside Home for Children, Former Board Member