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Kurt N. Sherwood

Of Counsel





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


Best Lawyers in America, Labor and Employment, 2005-present; Employment Law - Management and Labor Law - Management, 2012-present; Kalamazoo Employment Law - Management Lawyer of the Year, 2013, 2017 & 2021

Michigan Super Lawyers, Labor and Employment 2006-2008; 2012-2014

Professional Activities

American Bar Association, Labor Section

State Bar of Michigan, Labor and Employment Law Section

Kalamazoo County Bar Association

Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Past Board/Committee Member

MPELRA, Michigan Public Employer Labor Relations Association

Kalamazoo Area Labor Management Association

The Family Institute, Past Board Member

Kalamazoo Rotary Club, Past Member

CARES Board, Past Board Member

Civic, Cultural & Social Activities

Binder Park Zoo Board

Arts Council Board

Leadership Kalamazoo


Michigan Manufacturers Association MFG Operations Conference presentation, "Paid Medical Leave Act," March 7, 2019

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

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


"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