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Erica L. Jilek






Wayne State University Law School, J.D., cum laude, 2020

Central Michigan University, B.S. Political Science, Philosophy, Legal Studies, cum laude, 2016

Bar Admissions

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals
    • Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Courts
    • Eastern District of Michigan
    • Western District of Michigan

Erica Jilek is a Miller Canfield labor and employment associate who focuses her practice on management-side counseling and litigation, as well as governmental litigation. She represents a variety of individual, commercial and governmental clients at both the trial and appellate levels in state and federal court.

Erica has defended lawsuits involving employment discrimination, harassment, and retaliation claims, as well as FMLA claims, ERISA disputes, health and safety laws, wage and hour claims, and contract disputes. She also assists clients in drafting employment contracts, separation agreements, human resource policies, and employee handbooks. Additionally, Erica provides advice on workplace issues such as health and safety protocols, accommodation of disabilities, and employee discipline and separation.

In Erica's governmental litigation practice, she has assisted municipalities, public bodies, civil rights organizations, and non-profits on ballot questions, voting rights, and in election law disputes.


State Bar of Michigan Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2022

Wayne State University Law School

• Graduated cum laude, with University Honors

• President's Scholar (scholarship awarded for academic achievement)

• The Wayne Law Review: Assistant Editor, Vol. 65; Senior Articles Editor, Vol. 66

Central Michigan University

• Graduated cum laude, with University Honors

• Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, Member, 2015-16

Professional Activities

Federal Bar Association, Eastern District of Michigan Chapter

American Bar Association, Labor & Employment Law Section

Washtenaw County Bar Association, Labor & Employment Section

Detroit Bar Association

Oakland County Bar Association

Wayne State University Law School Free Legal Aid Clinic, Student Attorney, 2019-20

Civic, Cultural & Social Activities

Friends of Michigan Animals Rescue, Board of Directors


"The AI Revolution: Navigating New Frontiers in Workplace Employment," Co-Presenter with Ashley Higginson, Miller Canfield 2024 HR Spring Training

"AI is Already in the Workplace – Are You Ready?" Co-Presenter with Ashley Higginson, Michigan Chamber of Commerce MiBiz360: Talent & HR Summit, March 6, 2024

"Properly Constructing and Implementing Workplace Investigations," Miller Canfield 2022 HR Fall Training Camp

"Mistakes Were Made But Not By Me: Correcting Overtime and Worker Misclassification Issues Before They Trigger Liability," Miller Canfield 2021 Employment Law Webinar

"Classification: Independent Contractors vs. Employees," Osborn Business Association, November 2, 2021

"Classification: Independent Contractors vs. Employees," Osborn Business Association, June 8, 2021

"Classification: Independent Contractors vs. Employees," Osborn Business Association, March 2, 2021


Michigan Chamber of Commerce, Employment Law Handbook (Chapter Editor), 2021 & 2022 Editions

"Employment at Will: A State-by-State Survey," (Chapter Author), American Bar Association, Section of Labor and Employment Law, 2020 & 2021 Supplements

7th Edition Employment Discrimination Law Treatise, Chapter Editor