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HHBJS works closely with clients to ensure that they have established policies and practices that help avoid costly employment disputes and litigation. We counsel clients through difficult employment issues to ensure that, if litigation does occur, they are in the best possible position to successfully defend the claim.

HHBJS has extensive experience in defending all forms of employment claims in state and federal courts and administrative agencies, including the following:

  • Discrimination and retaliation under state and federal law
  • Breach of Contract
  • Wrongful discharge
  • Family Medical Leave Act
  • Breach of non-compete covenants and trade secret misappropriation
  • Sexual and other types of harassment
  • Defamation
  • Termination of executive employment agreements


A company’s ability to protect its intangible assets, including trade secrets and other intellectual property, is critical to preserving its long term viability and value. The attorneys of HHBJS have extensive experience in developing and implementing agreements, policies and practices that will help ensure that our clients’ intangible assets are protected, including their assembled work force, customer relationships and good will and confidential and trade secret information. We also advise employers who are confronted with sudden employee departures or when they seek to hire employees from a competitor.

We prosecute and defend actions for violation of non-compete, non-solicitation and confidentiality agreements, misappropriation of trade secrets, unfair competition, raiding and tortious interference with contract for our clients throughout Michigan and across the United States. HHBJS understands the need to act quickly and aggressively when a client’s intangible assets are threatened by a competitor or a departing employee. As a result, most cases are resolved quickly and effectively. However, when necessary we have tried non-compete and trade secret claims to juries, judges and arbitrators.


The attorneys of HHBJS have years of experience defending clients in single plaintiff and class actions for violation of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), including health and welfare plans and pension plans. Our experience includes claims involving:

  • Denial of health and welfare benefits
  • Breach of fiduciary duty and discrimination
  • Plan terminations or modifications
  • Breach of severance plans
  • Long term incentive plans