- Employment & Labor Law
- Litigation of Employment Disputes
- Union Organizing
- Executive Employment contracts and severance agreements
Mr. Van Suilichem received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree, cum laude, from Western Michigan University in 1972, with his major in Finance. In 1975 he obtained his Juris Doctor degree from Wayne State University. After graduation, Mr. Van Suilichem joined the firm of Clark, Klein & Beaumont in Detroit, Michigan where he was a partner for six years. In 1988, he joined Simpson Moran in Birmingham, Michigan as a partner heading up the newly created Employment and Labor Law Department. In June of 1991, Don Van Suilichem formed a new firm devoted to representation of management in employment and labor matters. The Firm is located in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan and represents both large and small employers and executives who desire innovative solutions and prompt response. The Firm specializes in matters involving employment, labor, FMLA, FLSA and discrimination law. A major portion of the practice has been devoted to litigation of all varieties of employment matters in the federal and state courts throughout the nation.
Mr. Van Suilichem is a member of the Michigan and Oakland County Bar Associations, as well as a past member of the American Bar Association Employment Law Subcommittee on Employee Rights & Responsibilities. This Committee is primarily devoted to the rapidly expanding law of “Wrongful Discharge.” In October of 1993, he was a faculty instructor for the ICLE on recent developments under the ADA. In February of 1988, he was a Course Instructor at the Advocacy Institute for the Modern Labor and Employment Law Practitioner in Phoenix, Arizona and in March of 1987, was the Program Co-Director with the Honorable David F. Breck, Oakland County Circuit Court, for the Summary Jury Trial Demonstration to the ABA Committee on Employee Rights and Responsibilities at its mid-winter meeting. In November 1998, he was moderator and speaker at the Institute of Continuing Legal Education’s Negotiating and Drafting Settlements in Employment Litigation. He is the co-author of the Seventh Annual Survey of Sixth Circuit Law-Labor Law, 1986 DET. C.L. REV. and “Recent Developments in Michigan Wrongful Discharge Law,” Michigan Bar Journal, October 1985. From 1984 to 1988 he was the Editor of “Employee Relations Update,” an employment law newsletter. Mr. Van Suilichem also presents frequent lectures and seminars in the areas of labor and employee relations, including wrongful discharge, the Americans with Disabilities Act, AIDS in the workplace, drug testing, sexual harassment, progressive discipline, interview techniques, severance agreements and litigation-reduction strategies.
Mr. Van Suilichem specializes in all aspects of labor and employment matters and has extensive experience litigating employment matters. He has been lead counsel in jury and non-jury employment trials, as well as handling numerous appeals in both federal and state courts. His experience includes litigation in areas of race, sex, national origin, religion and handicap discrimination, wrongful discharge, equal pay, minimum wage and overtime claims, sexual harassment and pension matters, as well as litigating various employment issues in private labor arbitrations. He was appointed by the Bankruptcy Court in Detroit to serve as special labor counsel to advise the debtor in two Chapter 11 proceedings, and has served as an arbitrator, mediator and facilitator in employment matters. He also has extensively represented clients’ interests before various commissions, including the Michigan Department of Civil Rights, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the National Labor Relations Board, the Michigan Employment Security Commission and the federal and state Wage and Hour Departments. He prepares employee handbooks, policies and procedures, affirmative action plans and provides advice and representation in union organizing campaigns and contract negotiations. A major portion of his time is also devoted to counseling employers on employment matters and ways to reduce exposure to litigation of employment disputes. The theme of his practice can be summed up by the following statement, “I’d rather keep you out of trouble than get you out of trouble.”
Mr. Van Suilichem has three daughters and six grandchildren and lives in Troy, Michigan. His outside activities include road biking, sailing, skiing, photography, gardening and swimming, as well as community activities.
Kelly VanSuilichem P.C.
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