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Leigh M. Schultz

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Education

Chicago-Kent College of Law, J.D., 2005

University of Michigan, B.A. 2002

Bar Admissions

Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals

  • Sixth Circuit

U.S. District Courts

  • Eastern District of Michigan
  • Western District of Michigan
  • Northern District of Illinois
  • Southern District of Indiana
  • Northern District of Indiana

Leigh Schultz specializes in labor and employment consultation and civil litigation.

In addition to providing both public and private employers with advice and counsel on day-to-day employment-related issues, she represents businesses of all types and sizes in defending lawsuits involving employment-related claims and commercial issues. Leigh has also participated in negotiations of several collective bargaining agreements and arbitrations of employee grievances. 

Representative Matters

As a litigator, Leigh has defended administrative charges and lawsuits involving claims of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, the Michigan Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Whistleblower’s Protection Act, the Family Medical Leave Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Michigan Persons with Disabilities Civil Rights Act, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Michigan Uniform Trade Secrets Act, breach of fiduciary duty, breach of a noncompete and confidentiality agreements, defamation, and intentional infliction of emotional distress.  

In addition, she has handled numerous cases involving liability claims for manufacturers of various products, including automobiles, boom lifts, scissors lifts, hand saws and guns. Leigh also has extensive experience defending commercial cases, including premises liability claims for owners of shopping centers, malls and retail stores.

Honors

Chicago-Kent College of Law, with honors, Dean's List, CALI Award for highest grade in Trial Advocacy II and Legal Writing I

Michigan Super Lawyers, Employment + Labor Rising Star 2011-present

Professional Activities

American Bar Association

Michigan Bar Association

Illinois State Bar Association

Kalamazoo County Bar Association

Civic, Cultural & Social Activities

Volunteer Center of Greater Kalamazoo, Former President, Board of Directors

Kalamazoo Regional Chamber of Commerce, Diversity & Inclusion Committee, Member; Portage Advisory Board, Past Member

Speeches

"What's Hot In Labor and Employment Law," Kalamazoo Human Resources Management Association Day Conference, May 8, 2012

"How to Avoid Papering Over the Cracks: Drafting Tailor-Made Employment and Severance Agreements the First Time," Miller Canfield Human Resources Spring Training Seminar, April 24, 2012

"Social Media & The Workplace," Branch County Human Resources Council, January 11, 2012

"Everything You Need to Know About Time Off," Employment Law Briefings, December 13, 2011

"Everything You Need to Know About Hiring and Firing," Employment Law Briefings, December 6, 2011 

"Avoiding Discrimination, ADA, and Harassment Lawsuits," Human Resources Council of Southwest Michigan, May 18, 2011

"How Independent Are Your Contractors," Miller Canfield Human Resources Spring Training Seminar, April 26, 2011

"It's Time for a Human Resources Audit," Miller Canfield Human Resources Spring Training Seminar, April 27, 2010

"Managing Employment Reductions," Miller Canfield West Side Employment Law Seminar, April 28, 2009

"'Hot' Issues in Employment Law,"  National City Insurance Group, Employment Law Update, October 8, 2008

Publications

"You Need This Talent; Attracting the Millennial Generation to West Michigan Businesses," (quoted), MLive, Business Review West Michigan, September 18, 2008