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
  • COVID-19 UNEMPLOYMENT AND PANDEMIC ASSISTANCE RESOURCES April 27, 2020

    UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS DURING COVID-19 OUTBREAK

    As of April 13, 2020, the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency has begun accepting applications for the broadest category of potential recipients under federal law reforms related to the COVID-19 pandemic.Under the various federal reforms, most Michigan workers who face job loss as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic should be eligible to receive unemployment benefits including a $600 per week federal supplement on top of basic benefits regularly provided by the state system. (more…)

  • STANDING UP FOR COVID-19 WORKPLACE SAFETY WHISTLEBLOWERS April 22, 2020

    In the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, Azanean Petty was forced to choose between her safety and her job at the Wayne County Juvenile Detention Facility when her employer denied her request to wear a protective mask while working in an environment with insufficient sanitation measures and inadequate social distancing. Ms. Petty was forced to hand in her resignation after she spoke up about safety concerns and refused to work without a mask for the protection of herself, the juvenile detainees, and the other employees in the facility.

    Her attorney Angela Walker filed the Whistleblower Lawsuit in Wayne County Circuit Court.  “Although the facility had apparently received N-95 masks for their employees, they told my client she was not allowed to wear it inside where the inmates are housed (more…)

  • COVID -19 EMPLOYMENT LAW INSIGHTS AND RESOURCES April 14, 2020

    The COVID-19 Outbreak is presenting many challenges for the Michigan workplace.  Yet the law and circumstances are changing almost daily.  We are regularly monitoring and updating workplace rights resources we have found helpful.  We are updating this material as it becomes available.  Keep in mind this is not intended to be legal advice.  Legal rights in any individual case need to be evaluated in consultation with an attorney.

    UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS AND COVID-19

    As of April 13, 2020, the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency has begun accepting applications for the broadest category of potential recipients under federal law reforms related to the COVID-19 pandemic. (more…)