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Charles T. Oxender

Senior Attorney




Wayne State University, J.D., 2000

Northern Michigan University, B.S. 1995

Bar Admissions

Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals

  • Sixth Circuit

U.S. District Court

  • Eastern District of Michigan

Chuck Oxender's specialty area is traditional labor law, with extensive experience in negotiating collective bargaining agreements, presenting and defending cases in grievance and arbitration proceedings, and defending unfair labor practice charges at both the state and federal level. Chuck frequently represents companies before the National Labor Relations Board, and municipalities and school districts before the Michigan Employment Relations Commission.   

Chuck also has comprehensive experience in defending employment discrimination claims in state and federal courts and with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Michigan Department of Civil Rights. He has provided general employment and labor advice including compliance with state and federal laws to both public and private sector clients for many years.

Mr. Oxender is admitted to practice in the courts of Michigan, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. He is a member of the Oakland County Bar Association and the Labor and Employment Law Sections of the American Bar Association and the State Bar of Michigan. Mr. Oxender is a graduate of Wayne State University Law School, where he was the note and comment editor of the "Wayne Law Review."

Representative Matters

Chuck helped a school district defend a case where it was sued for closing schools. It was a difficult decision for the school district to make, but the realities of the situation demanded it. The suit was dismissed.


Wayne State University, Wayne Law Review Note and Comment Editor, 1999-00; Assistant Editor, 1998-99; Member, Student Leader Fellowship Program, 1993-95; Co-chair, Platform Personalities, 1994-95

Professional Activities

American Bar Association, 2000-present, Student Member Since 1997, Labor and Employment Law Section

State Bar of Michigan, 2000, Student Member Since 1997, Labor and Employment Law Section

Oakland County Bar Association


“Up in Smoke? The Drug Law Evolution & The Workplace: Managing New Risks,” LexisNexis Webinar Series, August 15, 2014

"Lawfully Managing Student Records Without Violating Privacy Rights," National Business Institute, Southfield, Mich., May 6, 2014

"The Aftermath of the Affirmative Action Decision in Michigan," Miller Canfield Update, Ann Arbor, December 2006


"Top 10 Ways to Avoid Employment Litigation," Hot Points, Spring 2008

"Legal issues involved with discipline and discharge decision," Michigan Municipal Review, September/October 2007

"Evolving E-Discovery: Keeping Pace after Zubulake," (Co-Author Adam S. Forman) Midwest In-House, October 2005

"A Case Analysis of Minnesota v. Carter: Do I Have to Stay the Night?" Volume 2, Journal of Law in Society 179 (2000)