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Brian Schwartz

Employment and Labor Group Leader




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
  • Ninth Circuit

U.S. District Courts

  • Eastern District of Michigan
  • Western District of Michigan
  • Northern District of Illinois (general bar)
  • Northern District of Ohio
  • Eastern District of Wisconsin

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

His practice focuses on defending single-plaintiff and class-action lawsuits involving retiree health benefit disputes, employment discrimination (race, gender, and disability discrimination), harassment, and retaliation claims, as well as wage and hour claims, FMLA claims, ERISA disputes, Title IX claims, Freedom of Information Act and due process lawsuits. He also counsels employers on drafting enforceable non-competition, non-solicitation and confidentiality agreements and litigating related claims.

Representative Matters

Reported and Published Decisions

Wallace v. Wayne County, _ Fed.Appx. _, 2015 WL 480224 (6th Cir. Feb. 6, 2015) (First Amendment retaliation and retaliation in violation of the Michigan Whistleblower's Protection Act)

Detroit Public Schools v. Stephen Conn, 308 Mich.App. 234, 863 N.W.2d 373 (2014), appeal denied, _ N.W.2d _, 2015 WL  5616302 (challenge to a collectively bargained wage reduction under the Michigan Payment of Wages and Fringe Benefits Act)

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

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) 

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)


The Fellows of the Michigan State Bar Foundation

Chambers USA: America's Leading Business Lawyers, Employment and Labor (Band 4), 2023-present

State Bar of Michigan Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2021

Best Lawyers in America, Labor and Employment Litigation & Employment Law - Management, 2021-present

DBusiness Magazine, Top Lawyer, Labor and Employment, 2020-present; Top Young Lawyer, 2015

Michigan Super Lawyers, Employment Litigation Defense, 2014-present; Rising Star 2010-2013

Michigan Lawyers Weekly, Up and Coming Lawyer, 2012

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

Denmark International Studies Program

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

Orchard Lake United Hockey Association, Board of Directors & Coach


"Title IX Athletics Equity: Pragmatic Approaches to Participation and Scholarship Equity," Panelist, NACUA 2023 Annual Conference

"Beyond COVID-19: Managing and Motivating a Hybrid Workforce," Miller Canfield 2022 HR Fall Training Camp

"Recovering from COVID-19: The Future of Work in Michigan," Miller Canfield 2021 Employment Law Webinar

"Reopening Business: Employer Issues and Risks," Michigan Manufacturers Association webinar, May 14, 2020 (audio recording)

"Billing that Works for You and Your Clients," Institute of Continuing Legal Education, Breakfast Basics: Alternative Fee Arrangements, October 28, 2016, Ann Arbor, Michigan (Co-Presenter)

"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


"Michigan Courtroom Evidence Annotated," ICLE, Sixth Edition, Co-Author, 2023

"Colleges cut sports to save money amid the pandemic. Then came the Title IX lawsuits." (Quoted), The Washington Post, March 26, 2021

"Employment at Will: A State-by-State Survey," (Chapter Author), American Bar Association, Section of Labor and Employment Law, 2011, 2014 and 2018 Supplement

"Employee Benefits Law," Contributing Author, Fourth Edition; and Chapter Editor, 2018 Cumulative Supplement, Bloomberg BNA

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

"Collectively Bargained Retiree Health and the Demise of Yard-Man – Employer Perspectives," ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law Employee Benefits Committee Newsletter, Spring 2015

"Legal Eagles," dbusiness Magazine, Top Young Lawyer profile, July/August 2015

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

"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)


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