Foley & Mansfield
Foley & Mansfield

Gregory M. Meihn

Partner - Detroit

gmeihn@foleymansfield.com

248-721-4200

Bar Admissions: Michigan; U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan; U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan; The Federal Trial Bar for the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois; U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit; U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio; U.S. Supreme Court; Pro hac, State and Federal Courts in Arizona

Practice Groups: Banking & Finance, Business & Corporate Law, Commercial Litigation, Construction Law & Litigation, Employment Law & Litigation, Environmental / Pollution, Insurance Coverage, Product Liability, Professional Liability Defense

Education: Michigan State University, 2014, MS, Environmental and Policy Issues; University of Toledo Law School, 1985, JD, cum laude; Eastern Michigan University, 1982, BB, Business, with honors; Cornell University, 1981, Pre-Law; Law Clerk to Honorable Nicolas Walinski, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of OH, Northern Division

Memberships: American Association of Trial Lawyers; American Bar Association; American Inns of Court-Flint Chapter; Board of Directors, Ferndale Chamber of Commerce; Board of Directors, Ferndale Downtown Development; Genesee County Bar Association; Master Attorney, Centennial Inns of Court; Michigan Defense Trial Association; Michigan Nature Association; Michigan Professional Ethics Committee; Professional Ethics Committee - DRI; Society of Human Resource Management; State Bar of Michigan-Environmental Law Section; State Bar of Michigan-Labor-Employment Law Section; U.S. Navy Museum, Pensacola, Florida; Westland Rotary Club

BIOGRAPHY

Gregory Meihn is a partner in Foley & Mansfield’s Detroit office, where he focuses his transactional and litigation practice in the core areas of Employment and School Law. He also has an active Construction Law practice.

Greg represents and consults with insurance companies, cities, townships, municipalities, schools, and employers on employment and labor issues including but not limited to discipline, harassment, terminations, unions, discrimination, unemployment, employment hiring practices, non-competition agreement, and issues involving Michigan Elliott Larsen Civil Rights Act, Title VII, ADEA, ADA, and related statutes. Greg represents his clients before all Michigan Federal and State Courts, American Arbitration Association, FINRA, Michigan Employment Security Commission, National Labor Relations Board, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Michigan Department of Civil Rights, and Michigan Employment Relations Commission. He represents his clients on appeals to the Michigan Court of Appeals, Michigan Supreme Court, the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court. Indeed, recently Greg successfully defeated a writ of certiorari before the U.S. Supreme Court on a religious discrimination claim.

In addition to his successful employment and labor practice, Greg represents insurance companies, residential and commercial construction companies, rock crushing operators, and construction supply companies with regard to public jobs, bonded jobs, federal and state compliance issues, mold defense, construction defect, defective products, third party claims, Michigan Builders Trust Fund Act claims, and related matters.

Greg’s trial experience is significant as he has litigated through trial and/or Arbitration in excess of 66 matters (bench and jury) relating to employment and labor and construction defect claims.

Greg is well respected in Michigan by judges and fellow lawyers and was recently accorded the status of “Master Litigator” by the American Inns of Court. Greg has frequently been asked to author articles for Michigan Lawyers Weekly, Corp Magazine, and other publications and has appeared on ABC World News, ABC 12 News, WWJ regarding recent topical issues involving employment and labor issues.

Additionally, Greg was recognized by Lawyers Weekly as its 2009 21st Century Innovator of the Year for the Employment Connection Program he co-created. This program allows employers and businesses direct and immediate access to lawyers who promptly answer employment and business questions. The program allows employers to make good decisions quickly and, thereby, reduce the potential for litigation. The Employment Connection Program is now operative in 38 states.

Additionally, because of Greg’s reputation in the legal community, he was appointed to the State Bar of Michigan Professional Ethics Committee.

REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS

  • Hunt v Joseph Chevrolet, Inc., Tuscola County Circuit Court. Successful ten-day trial defense of multimillion-dollar sexual harassment and hostile work environment claim under Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act and Title VII. Court granted attorneys' fees for employer finding Plaintiff's Title VII claims were brought frivolous.
  • Arbitration (Names Withheld). Suit brought against residential construction company claiming knowledge of ant infestation which resulted in subsequent damages and injury to home owner. Claim dismissed based upon testimony of expert witnesses.
  • Stuart v Kingsway Builders, Inc. Suit by homeowner against construction company regarding alleged sinking foundation. Summary judgment granted on the basis of limited warranty and 6 year statute of limitations.
  • Coleman v American Red Cross, United States District Court East District of Michigan. Successful defense of case of first impression in the State of Michigan regarding HIV and blood bank institution.
  • Gullett v Autoform, Michigan Court of Appeals. Successful defense of circuit court decision dismissing unique case involving Workman’s Compensation Retaliation and ADA claims.
  • Mills v Sova Steel, Inc., Washtenaw County Circuit Court. Acquired dismissal of Whistleblower and Retaliation for reporting to MIOSHA asbestos issues and other environmental containments.
  • Name withheld v Joseph Pontiac, Inc.; Kucka v North Brothers, United States District Court. Successful defense of automotive companies involving case of first impression Michigan regarding the application of FDRP and Finance Sales Act regarding issuance of “adverse notice” compliance requirements.
  • Child No. 231441 v International Academy of Flint, U.S. Department of Education/MDCR. Successful trial defense of claim against Charter School for alleged disability discrimination, Section 504, and No Child Left Behind claims.
  • Name withheld v Marshall Sales, Inc., Wayne County Circuit Court. Successful defense of million-dollar whistleblower claim.
  • Name withheld v name withheld, United States District Court, Eastern District of Michigan. Successful application of the “crime fraud exception to attorney-client relations” in multimillion-dollar whistleblower case.
  • Name withheld v Sears Holding. Oakland County Circuit Court. Successful jury trial defense on claims involving product liability claim and Consumer Protection Act.
  • Represent numerous financial institutions in complex litigation involving NREPA, Clean Air Act, and wetlands litigations. Successful trial verdict representing a Michigan Probate Court involving a claims brought by long term employee of wrongful termination and violation of union contract.

IN THE NEWS

December 10, 2018
Foley & Mansfield Names 2019 Partners, Equity Partners

The national defense firm of Foley & Mansfield today announced the election of nine partners to its Equity Partnership, and fifteen attorneys to its Partnership, effective January 1, 2019.

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September 11, 2018
Six Named to Michigan Super Lawyer®, Rising Star® List

Foley & Mansfield is pleased to announce that five attorneys in the firm’s Detroit office have been named to the 2018 Michigan Super Lawyers® and Rising Star® Lists.

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April 10, 2018
U.S. Department of Labor Adopts New Position on Summer Interns

Greg Meihn discusses Department of Labor developments to align internships with the Federal Labor Standards Act.

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AWARDS

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  • Michigan Super Lawyers® - 2018
  • Lawyers of Distinction - 2018
  • 2018 Leader in Law, Michigan Lawyers Weekly
  • Master Litigator - American Inns of Court
  • 2016 Michigan Top Lawyer

 

CERTIFICATIONS

Certified Private Detective - Michigan

PRESENTATIONS

  • Severance and Confidentiality Agreements Amidst EEOC and NLRB Scrutiny, The Knowledge Group - 2014
  • Do's and Don'ts of Hiring and Firing in Today's Work Place, Michigan Small Business Association - 2013
  • Practice Pointers for Insurance Companies Regarding EEOC, Pregnancy Discrimination and Criminal Background Checks, New York CLE - 2013
  • Michigan’s Anti-Bullying Legislation-Compliance and Pitfalls. SABIS Charter Schools. - 2011
  • GINA Regulations: Compliance and Liability, Michigan Cemetery - 2011
  • EEOC: Process and Procedure, ICLE, San Antonio TX - 2010
  • Employment Law Trends: American’s with Disability, GINA, and Lifestyle Discrimination, Cincinnati, OH - 2010
  • Evidentiary Objections in Complex Trials, Michigan Trial Defense Counsel - 2010
  • The ADAAA-A Change Of Focus, Genesee County Charter Schools - 2010
  • The First Amendment and “At Will” Employment, IAF/SABIS Charter Schools - 2010
  • E-Discovery-Using the Crime Fraud Exception to Attorney-Client Privilege Rule. Minnesota Bar Association, - 2009
  • Amendments to FMLA, ADAAA, and Title VII-A New Era In Employer Liability, Automotive Dealers of Genesee County - 2009
  • ADA and Title VII Discrimination Claims in Public Schools, Michigan Charter Schools - 2008
  • Sexual Harassment Policies and Procedures, International Academy of Flint - 2008
  • Effective Litigation Strategies Before EEOC and Michigan Department of Civil Rights, Management Professionals - 2007
  • Hiring and Firing Seminar, ASE - 2007
  • Strategic HR Management-Employment Law, Eastern Michigan University - 2007
  • Use of Surveillance in Controlling FMLA Abuse/Litigation Strategies, Lorman Education - 2006,2007
  • Litigating the Sexual Harassment/Hostile Work Environmental Claim, National Association of Automotive Dealers - 2006, 2007
  • Hiring and Firing Seminar, ASE - 2006
  • The Federal and State Court System in the United States and the Nestle Ice Mountain Litigation, Michigan State University - 2006
  • School Safety Legislation, Chartered Bus Services Inc. - 2006
  • Hiring and Firing Seminar, ASE - 2005
  • Compliance with HIPPA-Protecting Customer Information, Automotive Dealer Association - 2005
  • Work Place Violence: Columbine Case Analysis, Michigan Charter Schools - 2003
  • Proper Employment Practices and Record Keeping, Automotive Dealers - 2002
  • Defense Litigation Practices and Techniques-Employee/Employer Liability under the Dram Shop Act, Dykema Gossett Practice Group - 1988
  • The Second Collision: Litigation Practices in Automotive Product Liability Case, Dykema Gossett Practice Group - 1988
  • The Status of BJU As A 501(C)(3) Organization - 1985

PRO BONO

  • Greg provides general representation to Michigan Nature's Association, Abilities First Charitable Organization, and Pontiac Battered Women's Shelter.

COMMUNITY SERVICE

Greg is the founding member of Friends of Isle Royale as well as a member of the U.S. Navy Museum in Pensacola, Florida, the Michigan Nature Association, and the Michigan United Conservation Club.

MEDIA

  • U.S. Department of Labor Adopts New Position on Summer Interns,  Bar Beat, Genesee County Bar Association, Mar/Ap, 2018. Read this Publication.
  • Pre-Employment Testing—New Strategies, Old Concerns,  Bar Beat, Genesee County Bar Association, Nov/Dec, 2017. Read this Publication.
  • Court of Appeals: ‘Diploma mill’ violated state ban on false credentials, Michigan Lawyers Weekly, January 2016.  Read this Publication. 
  • Enemy Within, Labor Law Litigator Inspired by RFK book, Detroit Legal News, April 2014.  Read this Publication.
  • Social media and jury misconduct: An evolving issue for judges and trial lawyers, Michigan Lawyers Weekly, November 2011. Read this Publication. 
  • Arbitration in Michigan, Process, Standard of Review and Highlights, Lawyers Weekly, February 7, 2011. Read this Publication.
  • Misclassification of Employees-A Dangerous Road for Employers, Lawyers Weekly, July 2010.
  • Payment Not An Option-Cutting Wage, Overtime, Fringe Benefit Claims Means Watching More Than The Clock, Michigan Lawyers, April 2010. 
  • Blood Banking/HIV-Case of First Impression in Michigan, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, Product Liability Reporter
  • Vacating Fees in Michigan Elliot Larsen Civil Rights Act, Lawyers Weekly

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