The Firm

THE FIRM

Blanchard & Walker represents and advises clients in all matters of employment law, business policies, and compensation advice. Our lawyers regularly represent clients in EEOC actions, disciplinary review proceedings, and employment related lawsuits, including discrimination, retaliation, and whistleblower litigation. Employees come to Blanchard & Walker for representation and legal advice on all matters of wrongful discrimination, discrimination, or retaliation. Blanchard & Walker lawyers are industry leaders on accommodations and medical leave issues, on trade secrets and non-compete disputes, and on overtime pay or other wage and hour compensations disputes. We represent and advise executives, health care professionals, higher education employees, and government employees on employment contract options and severance proposals.

THE PHILOSOPHY

From representation on big litigation matters to advice on ongoing employment accommodations and medical leave issues, our lawyers have the experience to provide the strategies and solutions for all employment needs. No one size fits all. No online position statement can take the place of sound legal advice for individual legal advice and representation needs. Before paying a large up-front retainer, every client is entitled to a safe, confidential, and thorough consultation and discussion regarding legal rights and the options available. Every client receives individual consideration. When the situation requires, Blanchard & Walker can offer a confidential one-on-one consultation to review your legal situation, employment contract, or severance agreement — without any further obligation. For some clients, litigation needs require a quick response — for instance: defending a temporary restraining order or preliminary injunction, answering a complaint, or even preparing for a counter-complaint. Our lawyers are committed to providing the accessibility and flexibility required to meet every legal need. Contact Blanchard & Walker now to get an immediate response and essential advice to meet your legal needs.

THE PRACTICE

David Blanchard and Angela Walker have worked together for over ten years to provide high quality and timely responses to the emerging legal needs for individuals and businesses in Ann Arbor and Southeast Michigan.

FROM THE BLOG
  • The End of Forced Arbitration for Survivors of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment March 8, 2022

    On March 3, 2022, President Biden signed the Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault & Sexual Harassment Act. This law is one significant step forward in the fight to end arbitration contracts that deny access to the Courts for violations of fundamental workplace rights.

    For far too long, countless survivors, workers, and consumers have been silenced by forced arbitration. (more…)

  • MICHIGAN UNEMPLOYMENT OVERPAYMENT WAIVERS? FAQ’s: WHAT WE KNOW (AND WHAT WE DON’T) February 11, 2022

    News Update: Promised Waivers fall short.  According to recent reporting, the waiver program was much smaller than promised.  Although waivers for 55,000 more claimants is a good step forward, it fell short of the 382,000 promised and as of May 12, 2022 there is still no explanation about when or if more will be coming.

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  • UIA CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT-WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW   January 30, 2022

    In a recently filed Class Action Complaint, Blanchard & Walker clients allege Michigan’s Unemployment Insurance Agency is illegally assessing “overpayments” and initiating collection activity against a broad class of UIA claimants who relied on pandemic unemployment assistance in 2020 and 2021.   The lawsuit seeks injunctive and other relief to recover for unlawful actions that violate the due process rights of UI claimants.

    UPDATE 5/1/2022: HEARING SCHEDULED ON PRELIMINARY INJUNCTION MOTION. The Michigan Court of Claims has scheduled the hearing on Plaintiffs’ Motion for Preliminary Injunction for May 17, 2022 at 1pm in the Lansing Hall of Justice.  The hearing will be held in person and is open to the public.

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