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Richard A. Hooker Partner

Dick Hooker Labor and Employment Law Attorney
Office
Metro Detroit
Phone
248/567-7403
Fax
248/567-7423
Email
rahooker@varnumlaw.com
rahooker@varnumlaw.com
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Assistant
Stephanie Saia, 248/567-7429
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Labor and Employment Experience

Dick Hooker has had significant experience in traditional labor relations, state/federal agency work, employment litigation, union election campaigns, unemployment insurance taxation matters, and arbitration of employment disputes. He is a facilitative mediator for the U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan and the Michigan Courts, and he is listed as an arbitrator and mediator with National Arbitration & Mediation, Inc., the American Settlement Centers and the National Arbitration Forum.

Professional Activities

  • Oakland County Business Court Advisory Group
  • Oakland County Bar Association, Chair, Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee
  • American Employment Law Council
  • National Arbitration Forum
  • Alliance for Education in Dispute Resolution
  • Center for Public Responsibility
  • American Settlement Centers
  • National Arbitration & Mediation, Inc.
  • Labor & Employment Relations Association, Detroit Chapter
  • Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE), Michigan Labor & Employment Law, “Unemployment Insurance Law,” Chapter Editor, and ICLE Annual Labor & Employment Law Institute (Speaker)
  • American Bar Association: Labor & Employment Section, Committee on Unemployment Insurance Law (past Co-Chair), Committee on State Labor & Employment Laws (past Co-Chair), Committee on Employment Rights and Responsibilities
  • State Bar of Michigan: Labor & Employment Section
  • State Bar of Wisconsin: Labor & Employment Section
  • National Association of Professional Employer Organizations (NAPEO) - Legal Affairs Council

Representative Matters

  • Representation of significant transportation industry company in labor relations matters, including collective bargaining and labor arbitration with the American Postal Workers.
  • Representation of multi-employer construction industry associations in labor relations matters, including collective bargaining, fringe benefit fund issues and labor dispute resolution.
  • Representation of Professional Employer Organizations, Staffing Firms, consumer products manufacturers, agricultural employers and automobile dealerships in multi-million dollar unemployment insurance tax appeals.
  • Representation of multi-state environmental contracting company in labor and employment relations matters, including worksite picketing, out-of-area labor contracting, multi-employer fringe benefit fund issues, employment litigation and employment arbitration.
  • Representation of manufacturing companies in general labor and employment relations matters.

Recognition & Rankings

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® since 2005
  • Listed in Michigan Super Lawyers
  • Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers
  • Listed in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business as a Leader in the field of Labor & Employment
  • Marindale Hubbell AV® Preeminent™

Community Activities

  • Detroit Orientation Institute
  • Leadership Kalamazoo
  • Kent County Chapter of the American Cancer Society
  • The Center for Michigan, Volunteer

Education

  • Washington & Lee University School of Law
    Lexington, Virginia
    J.D., 1976
  • Denison University
    Granville, Ohio
    B.A., 1973
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