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Employment Litigation

We understand the pressure employers face to minimize the risk of liability when faced with terminating an employee or facing a potential wrongful termination suit. When confronted with employment claims, we take a practical, aggressive, and cost-effective approach to resolving these cases. 

We are fully capable of handling any size or scope of litigation - from individual claims to class actions- and have successfully defended employers facing wrongful discharge, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, whistleblower, compensation, and other employment-related claims. We possess a solid and thorough understanding of Employment Practices Liability Insurance (EPLI ), having represented insured employers since the inception of such coverage.

Our attorneys have extensive experience in defending employers in state, federal and appellate courts throughout the country, as well as before the National Labor Relations Board, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and other local, state and federal agencies. We also represent clients in the state and federal appeals process arising from MRB and state labor agency proceedings.  

Specific employment litigation experience includes:

Employment Counseling

Foley & Mansfield employment lawyers represent and counsel small, medium and large employers, nonprofits, municipalities and government agencies to establish “best practices” to ensure compliance with continually evolving employment laws.

Our attorneys work closely with human resources personnel, supervisors, and business owners on a variety of activities aimed at complying with a myriad of typically confusing and contradictory state and federal laws, as well as avoiding or reducing employment-related claims. We will help you draft, review, and update HR policies and procedures, provide legally mandated employment training, and review all employment practices to provide you with valuable guidance.

We will work with you to prevent problems before they happen by assisting with the following:

There is no substitute for experience, whether it is in the planning of a termination or in the defense of a wrongful discharge action. Foley & Mansfield’s employment attorneys offer a complete range of legal, counseling, and consulting services.

Employment and Healthcare Connection

Foley & Mansfield's award-winning program is designed specifically to assist human resource professionals and CEOs in managing ongoing employment and labor concerns in a cost-effective manner. Learn more.



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Howard I. Wallach

Managing Partner - Detroit





Foley & Mansfield Attorneys Named to 2014 Michigan Super Lawyers® and Rising Star® Lists

Foley & Mansfield is pleased to announce that three attorneys in the firm’s Detroit office have been named to the 2015 Michigan Super Lawyers® and Rising Star® Lists. Recognized on the Super Lawyers® list are partners Gary D. Sharp for Personal Injury Defense and Melinda A. Balian for Employment and Labor Law. Named to the Rising Star® list for Employment & Labor is partner Scott S. Holmes.


Six Minneapolis Attorneys Named to 2015 Minnesota Super Lawyers, Rising Stars List

Six attorneys in the firm’s Minneapolis office - Kyle Mansfield, Lisa Lamm Bachman, Thomas Pahl, Janet Stellpfug, Jamie Habeck Paz and Wyatt Partridge, have been named to the 2015 Minnesota Super Lawyers® and Rising Star® Lists.


Lamm Bachman Wins in Closely-Held Shareholder Dispute

Foley & Mansfield Minneapolis partner Lisa Lamm Bachman, assisted by attorney Tessa Mansfield, successfully defended our client in this highly convoluted and contentious closely-held shareholder dispute, fraught with false representations and bad faith on the part of the plaintiff.