As of September 2017, Steven Schwartz merged his firm, Steven H. Schwartz & Associates, P.L.C. with Keller Thoma, P.C. and became a partner in that firm.  Mr. Schwartz continues his practice as an employment and labor relations attorney, and as an arbitrator.  For further information, please go to the Keller Thoma website.

Our Expertise

Our experience is broad and extensive with focus on the following practice areas.

Labor Law

labor-laws-posterWe have extensive experience representing private and public employers throughout the collective bargaining relationship.  We have successfully handled representative elections, collective bargaining, grievance and interest arbitration (including Act 312 arbitration), actions before the National Labor Relations Board and Michigan Employment Relations Commission, and fact-finding and mediation hearings.  We can also provide you with the practical advice that you need to handle the day-to-day challenges that occur when operating a unionized workplace.

Employment Law

Employment law is a broad practice area that encompasses all areas of the employer/employee relationship except the negotiation process covered by labor law and collective bargaining as described above. We represent employers in the following employment areas:

Employment-Related Litigation: Our firm regularly litigates a variety of employment-related disputes, including alleged violations of the Michigan and federal anti-discrimination statutes, wage and hour laws, wrongful discharge claims, employee benefit claims, employee contract disputes, and “covenants not to compete” litigation.

employee-handbook-shslawyersAdministrative Agency Proceedings: Our firm can represent employers before public agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Michigan Department of Civil Rights, the U.S. Department of Labor, National Labor Relations Board, Michigan Employment Relations Commission, and Michigan Unemployment Agency.

Counseling and Advice: Preventive counseling is the most cost-effective legal service available. With the preventive counseling we provide, most employment-related disputes could be thwarted well before they have the chance to occur. However, most people are not aware of or prefer not to think about the myriad of laws that could affect the employment relationship. We can help you understand your rights and responsibilities, which will allow you to avoid costly litigation.

Handbook Drafting and Review: Handbooks are a necessary tool to help employers describe to employees their rights and responsibilities in the employment relationship. We draft and review handbooks and employment policies on a regular basis.

Severance Agreements, Discharges: We have substantial experience drafting and negotiating severance agreements relating to the termination of the employment of employees, from entry-level employees to presidents of major corporations.

Mediation & Arbitration

Litigation is expensive, time-consuming and unpredictable.  Facilitative mediation allows the parties to craft their own resolution.  Arbitration provides the opportunity to achieve a final, binding resolution at a fraction of the cost and time.

Steven Schwartz is a certified mediator and arbitrator with a history of successfully assisting parties to settle their disputes through mediation, or if they desire, arbitration.  He can assist parties to resolve their conflicts in an expeditious and cost effective manner.