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Vanderbilt University Law School
Nashville, Tennessee
J.D., 1984

University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, Indiana
B.A., 1981

Bar Admissions


Court Admissions

All Michigan state courts

United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan

United States Supreme Court

Labor and Employment Attorney

Now of counsel to the firm, Dave’s client-centered practice involved a variety of labor and employment issues. He provided practical, confidential ongoing advice and consulting on a number of sensitive and complex labor/employment matters, from problem employee situations to multi-facility collective bargaining negotiations. His representative clients include diverse industries (automotive, manufacturing, transportation and hospitals) throughout the nation. Dave has also served as chair of the firm.

Chambers USA, which ranks top lawyers and law firms, noted Dave’s “particular expertise assisting clients in the automotive and healthcare sectors.” Chambers also included quotes from interviewees who praised him as “very knowledgeable, thoughtful and thorough; he gives very sound counsel.” Sources also note him as “accessible and responsive.”


Dean Transportation, Inc. v. National Labor Relations Board, D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Case Nos. 07-1262, 07-1313, 07-1314

NLRB v. Dickinson Press Inc., Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals Case Nos. 97-5626, 97-5673

Keeler Die Cast v. NLRB, Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals Case Nos. 98-5536, 98-5635

Testified before U.S. Senate Labor Committee regarding proposed passage of TEAM Act, 1995

Honors and Recognitions

American College of Labor & Employment Lawyers, fellow

Best Lawyers in America®, since 2001

Best Lawyers in America®, Grand Rapids Lawyer of the Year, Labor Law – Management, 2024

Chambers USA©: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Leader in the field of Labor and Employment

Grand Rapids Magazine’s Top Lawyers, Labor and Employment Law, since 2020

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

Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated

Michigan Super Lawyers® since 2006

Michigan Lawyers Weekly Hall of Fame, 2022

Professional Affiliations

Grand Rapids Bar Association: Labor and Employment Law Section

State Bar of Michigan: Labor Relations Law Section, chair, 2004

Community Involvement

St. Nicholas Church, archdeacon

Russell Kirk Center for Cultural Renewal, board member

“I have worked with Dave Khorey at Varnum for more than 30 years. He is the consummate professional: knowledgeable, responsive, realistic and at a reasonable cost.”

Client comment, U.S. News & World Report – Best Lawyers® Best Law Firms 2016 – 2017

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