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
  • Pizza Delivery Drivers Shorted on Vehicle Reimbursements Achieve Class Settlement in Largest Michigan Lawsuit of its Kind    July 4, 2020
    Pizza franchises take a slice out of every driver’s pay.

    Final approval of the $650,000 settlement package clears the way for the largest known class action settlement of its kind in Michigan – covering ten Hungry Howie’s franchise locations in Mid-Michigan. The Pizza Driver Lawsuits alleged a common complaint among drivers in the industry – that systematic under-reimbursement for mileage and vehicle expenses violates the federal Fair Labor Standards Act and Michigan Minimum Wage laws.  Even while consenting to the settlement, the pizza stores continue to deny liability and deny that they underpay drivers for their vehicle expenses.

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  • COVID -19 EMPLOYMENT LAW INSIGHTS AND RESOURCES June 3, 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.  Additional Blanchard & Walker Resource Pages and Factsheets provide more detailed discussion on specific COVID-19 topics:

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  • RETURN-TO-WORK: WORKPLACE SAFETY PRECAUTIONS DURING COVID-19 May 27, 2020
    Ten Steps all Workplaces Can take to Prevent COVID-19 Exposure

    Many Michigan workers are being asked to report to work, either because their employer has determined they support critical infrastructure, they are other essential employees, or otherwise reopened for business.  These include health care workers, first responders, and other critical infrastructure businesses. But also grocery store workers, landscapers and construction workers in regional reopened businesses.  For those who are out at work in public during the COVID-19 outbreak, effective workplace safety is a great concern. Discrimination or retaliation for raising workplace safety concerns is illegal. (more…)