Chicago-Kent College of Law, J.D., 2005
University of Michigan, B.A. 2002
U.S. Court of Appeals
- District of Columbia Circuit
- 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 focuses her practice on labor and employment and commercial litigation.
She provides both public and private employers of all shapes and sizes with advice and counsel on day-to-day employment-related issues and regularly defends employers against administrative charges and lawsuits filed by current, former and prospective employees. In addition, Leigh assists businesses in defending and prosecuting lawsuits involving commercial (non-employment) claims such as breach of contract, breach of warranty, negligence, fraud, nuisance, trespass, unjust enrichment, conversion, defamation, breach of fiduciary duty, tortious interference and minority shareholder oppression.
Leigh talks to employers every day about issues related to hiring, firing, discipline, accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), wage and hour issues under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the Michigan Payment of Wages and Fringe Benefits Act, time off and leaves of absence under their policies, the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and as an accommodation under the ADA, harassment, discrimination and retaliation.
Leigh also defends employers against administrative charges and lawsuits involving claims of harassment, discrimination, retaliation, wrongful termination, breach of contract, defamation, emotional distress, invasion of privacy, tortious interference, and/or alleged statutory violations under the FMLA, ADA, FLSA, Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), the Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act (GINA), Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the Equal Pay Act (EPA), the Michigan Elliott Larsen Civil Rights Act (ELCRA), the Michigan Persons with Disabilities Civil Rights Act (PWDCRA), the Michigan Whistleblowers Protection Act (WPA), and the Bullard Plawecki Employee Right to Know Act (ERKA).
In addition, Leigh regularly assists businesses in drafting personnel policies, employee handbooks, and employment agreements, including non-compete, non-solicitation, confidentiality and arbitration provisions. She aids in enforcing employment agreements against current and former employees when it becomes necessary as well. She also frequently drafts post-employment separation agreements and provides advice on severance packages and related issues.
Furthermore, Leigh often provides training to employers and their employees on various topics such as harassment, discrimination, retaliation, hiring, firing, discipline, leaves of absence, social media, FLSA, ADA and FMLA.
Leigh also negotiates collective bargaining agreements, arbitrates grievances filed by Unions on behalf of employees that they represent and defends Unfair Labor Practice charges.
In addition to labor and employment counsel litigation, Leigh regularly assists businesses in defending and prosecuting lawsuits involving commercial (non-employment) claims.
Chicago-Kent College of Law, with honors, Dean's List, CALI Award Trial Advocacy and Legal Writing
Michigan Super Lawyers, Employment + Labor Rising Star 2011-present
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
Campaign Cabinet Member and Chair of the Law Challenge Committee for the United Way of Battle Creek and Kalamazoo Regions
“How to Prepare for and Deal with the New FLSA Overtime Rules”, Miller Canfield Seminar, August 2016
“Latest Developments in the ADA”, SEAK Workers Compensation and Occupational Medicine Conference, July 2016
“Hot Topics in Labor & Employment Law”, National Emergency Number Association (NENA), Michigan Chapter Conference, May 2016
“Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in the Workplace”, Miller Canfield HR Spring Training Seminar, April 2016
“Hot Topics in Labor and Employment Law”, Greater Lansing Chapter of the Society for Human Resources Management, March 2016
“Understanding the FMLA and ADA”, Sterling Education Services, January 2016
“DOL Proposes Wholesale Changes to Overtime Rules Salary Requirements”, Michigan Chamber of Commerce, September 2015
“Hot Topics in Labor and Employment Law: What Employers Need to Know for 2016”, Rose Street Advisors Annual Seminar, September 2015
ICLE On Demand Seminar, The Basics of the Family Medical Leave Act, August 2015
National Emergency Number Association (NENA), Michigan Chapter Conference, Hot Topics in Labor & Employment Law, May 2015
Kalamazoo Human Resource Management Association (KHRMA), How to Investigate and Respond to Complaints of Harassment & Discrimination, January 2015
Michigan Primary Care Association, Drafting Tailor-Made Employment and Severance Agreements, October 2014
Kalamazoo Association of Volunteer Administrators, How Wage and Hour Laws Impact Interns and Volunteers, October 2014
Rose Street Advisors Annual Seminar, Hot Topics in Labor and Employment Law: What Employers Need to Know for 2015, September 2014
National Association of Legal Secretaries (NALS), Is Anyone Coming to Work Today?, June 2014
Michigan Career Placement Association, How Wage and Hour Laws Impact Student Workers, June 2014
“Hottest Topics in Employment Law,” Greater Lansing Chapter of the Society for Human Resources Management, March 13, 2014
“EEOC and ADA Update,” Southwest Michigan Chapter of the Society for Human Resources Management, November 20, 2013
“Wage & Hour - 5 Critical Ways to Reduce Your Risk,” Miller Canfield HR Spring Training Seminar, April 30, 2013
"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
"Employment Law Handbook: A Guide for Michigan Employers" (contributor), Michigan Chamber of Commerce, Annually
"You Need This Talent; Attracting the Millennial Generation to West Michigan Businesses," (quoted), MLive, Business Review West Michigan, September 18, 2008