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Dennis M. Devaney Counsel

Dennis Devaney Labor and Employment Attorney
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Rosanne Frank, 248/567-7819

Labor and Employment Experience

For more than 30 years, Dennis has represented clients in labor and employment disputes, in collective bargaining both strategically and at the table, in litigation, and on legislative and regulatory matters. His labor and employment practice focuses on traditional labor law, including representation of clients with respect to matters arising under the National Labor Relations Act. He also represents employers in defense of discrimination claims and with respect to collective bargaining agreement negotiation and administration. He acts as trial counsel in arbitration hearings for his clients throughout the United States. Additionally, he counsels employers on FMLA, ADA, FLSA, ELCRA and other state and federal employment laws and assists in formulating personnel policies. In addition to his labor and employment practice, Dennis advises clients on international trade matters.

Dennis is a former Board Member of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and Commissioner of the U.S. International Trade Commission. He served as a presidential appointee under four U.S. presidents.

Professional Activities

  • Michigan Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • American Employment Law Council
  • American Bar Association, Labor & Employment Law and Internaional Law Sections
  • State Bar of Michigan, Labor & Employment Law and International Law Sections
  • Maryland Bar Association
  • District of Columbia Bar Association
  • Florida Bar Association
  • Oakland County Bar Association
  • Society for Human Resource Management
  • Labor and Employment Relations Association, Detroit Chapter

Select Publications

  • Much Ado About Section 8(a)(2): The NLRB and Cooperative Management After Electromaton and DuPont, Stetson Law Review, Fall 1993
  • The NLRB Takes Notice to the Max in Paramax, Hofstra Labor Law Journal, Fall 1993
  • The NLRB in Transition, Labor Law Journal, December 1993
  • Recent Developments at the Merit Systems Protection Board, Executive Development Seminar Center, Kings Point, NY, 1984, revised 1985, 1986
  • Discovery at the NLRB, An Idea Whose Time Has Come, Bernard Gottfried Labor Law Symposium, Wayne State University Law School
  • NLRB Update, ICLE Seminars

Public Policy Experience

  • U.S. International Trade Commission
    Commissioner, 2001
    Appointed by President Clinton
  • National Labor Relations Board
    Board Member, 1988 – 1994
    Appointed by Presidents Reagan and George H.W. Bush
  • Federal Labor Relations Authority
    General Counsel, 1988
    Appointed by President Reagan
  • U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board
    Board Member, 1982 – 1988
    Appointed by President Reagan


  • Georgetown University Law Center
    Washington, D.C.
    J.D., 1975
  • University of Maryland
    College Park, Maryland
    M.A., 1970
    B.A., 1968


  • College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, Fellow
  • Best Lawyers in America® since 2006
  • Michigan Super Lawyers®since 2005
  • Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated
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