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Labor and Employment/Trade Attorney

For more than 30 years, Dennis has represented clients in labor and employment disputes, on international trade issues, 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 United States International Trade Commission. He served as a presidential appointee under four presidents.

For more information, please contact Dennis Devaney at 248/567-7825 or


Honors & Recognitions

Best Lawyers in America® since 2005

Best Lawyers in America®, Lawyer of the Year, Labor Law - Management (Detroit), 2020

College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, fellow

Leading Lawyers: Employment Law - Management; Labor Law - Management

Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated

Michigan Super Lawyers® since 2005

Who’s Who in American Law

Professional Affiliations

American Bar Association: Labor and Employment Law Section; International  Law Section

American Employment Law Council

District of Columbia Bar Association

Florida Bar Association

Labor and Employment Relations Association, Detroit Chapter

Maryland Bar Association

Michigan Bar Foundation, fellow

Oakland County Bar Association

Society for Human Resource Management

State Bar of Michigan: Labor & Employment Law Section; International Law Section

News & Publications


Public Policy

Public Policy

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

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Florida
  • Maryland
  • Michigan

Court Admissions

  • All Michigan state courts
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