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Kurt N. Sherwood

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Education

Wayne State University Law School, J.D., 1986

Michigan State University, James Madison College, B.A. 1983

Bar Admissions

Kurt Sherwood focuses on public and private sector labor and employment law issues. 

He represents cities, townships, colleges and universities, manufacturers, health-care facilities and auto parts suppliers, among others, in such areas as traditional labor, contract administration and negotiation, NLRB, FLSA, EEO and FMLA.

Representative Matters

In an 18-day contract interpretation arbitration, Kurt successfully represented a client that was privatizing a portion of its operations. With Kurt’s assistance the client prevailed, thereby saving approximately $1 million per year. Subsequently, Kurt helped the same client successfully repair its relationship with the same union by utilizing mutual gains bargaining for the parties’ next round of collective bargaining negotiations.

Honors

Best Lawyers in America, Labor and Employment 2005-2011; Employment Law-Management and Labor Law-Management 2012-present; 2013 Kalamazoo Employment Law-Management Lawyer of the Year

Michigan Super Lawyers, Labor and Employment 2006-2009; 2012-present

Professional Activities

American Bar Association, Labor Section

State Bar of Michigan, Labor and Employment Law Section

Kalamazoo County Bar Association

National Association of College and University Attorneys

International Personnel Management Association

Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Committee Member

MPELRA, Michigan Public Employer Labor Relations Association

Kalamazoo Area Labor Management Association

Kalamazoo Area Human Resource Management Association

Michigan Community Colleges Human Resources Association

IRRA

The Family Institute, Past Board Member

Kalamazoo Rotary Club

Civic, Cultural & Social Activities

CARES Board

Binder Park Zoo Board

Arts Council Board

Leadership Kalamazoo

Big Brothers/Big Sisters

Kalamazoo Rotary Club

Speeches

Miller Canfield's Annual Employment Law Seminar, 1987-2012

MPELRA, Michigan Public Employer Labor Relations Association, 2011-2012

Michigan Government Finance Officers Association, Spring Seminar, "Labor and Employment Law Update," 2006

Personnel Law Update, Council on Education in Management, 1993-2001

Legal Assistants' Association of Michigan, 1991

Grand Rapids National Business Institute Seminar on "Hazard Communication," 1991

Grand Rapids DNA Transportation Fraternity Seminar, 1990

Washtenaw Community College Seminar on "Labor and Employment Law," Ann Arbor, 1990

California Business Institute Seminar on "Current Employment Issues," Detroit, 1989

Mid-Michigan Human Resources Management Association

Kalamazoo Area Human Resource Management Association

Society for Human Resource Management

Michigan Community Colleges Human Resource Association

Served as guest speaker upon numerous occasions to Business Law classes at Nazareth College, and has participated in, as well as organized, a number of Management Round Tables

Speaker to numerous human resource groups and Michigan-CUPA

Law Education Institute's National CLE Conference on Labor and Employment Law, Vail, Colorado, 1999

Publications

"Are Michigan's Wrongful Discharge Laws Too Stringent?," Co-author, Business Outlook for West Michigan, Fall 1990, W. E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research

Authored numerous articles for the California-based Personnel Law Update