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Robert J. Muchnick

Partner
Leader, Wage and Hour Matters; and Noncompete Agreements and Trade Secrets Practice Groups

Education

New York Law School, J.D.
  • cum laude
Syracuse University, B.A.
  • Political Science

Prior Employment

  • Dykema Gossett PLLC, Associate, 2000-2001
  • Epstein Becker & Green, P.C., Associate, 1997-2000
  • Grover & Bloch, P.C., Associate, 1997

Bar Admissions

Court Admissions

Professional Affiliations

Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association

American Bar Association

  • Labor and Employment Law Section

New York State Bar Association

State Bar of Michigan

  • Labor and Employment Law Section

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

  • Labor Relations Committee, 2014-present
Overview
Experience
News & Resources
Honors

Overview

Mr. Muchnick is a labor and employment attorney who represents businesses in complex employment and labor matters in state and federal court, in private arbitrations and before governmental agencies. He also provides strategic counseling to management on a wide variety of employment and labor law issues.

  • Represents employers in the defense of collective actions under the Fair Labor Standards Act and class actions under state laws involving various wage and hour issues
  • Prosecutes and defends multi-party cases filed in courts around the country involving claims for breach of noncompetition agreements, breach of nonsolicitation agreements, breach of fiduciary duties, employee raiding, unfair competition and misappropriation of trade secrets
  • Counsels clients concerning employment-related business issues, including litigation avoidance strategy relating to terminations and other employment actions, post-employment activities of departed employees and minimizing risks associated with hiring individuals from competitors
  • Counsels clients on a variety of other issues, including wage and hour compliance, workplace investigations, executive employment contracts, and personnel policies and procedures
  • Defends against employment discrimination lawsuits and charges filed under federal and state anti-discrimination laws
  • Advises on employment related aspects of, and conducting due diligence for, numerous types of corporate transactions

Experience

  • Obtained affirmance of a complete jury verdict in favor of national financial services company in a collective action filed under the Fair Labor Standards Act consisting of 359 plaintiffs; Henry, et al. v. Quicken Loans Inc., 698 F.3d 897 (6th Cir. 2012)
  • Obtained complete dismissal on summary judgment of the claims asserted by 439 plaintiffs in companion collective action cases filed against national financial services company under the Fair Labor Standards Act; Mathis, et al. v. Quicken Loans Inc., et al., U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, Case No. 2:07-cv-10981 (Feb. 16, 2012); Biggs, et al. v. Quicken Loans Inc., et al., Case No. 02:10-cv-11928 (Feb. 16, 2012)
  • Obtained temporary restraining orders and preliminary injunctions on behalf of national financial services company in multiple cases filed in 2005 through the present in state and federal courts against former employees and their new employers in connection with claims for breach of noncompetition agreements, breach of nonsolicitation agreements, breach of fiduciary duties, employee raiding, unfair competition, and misappropriation of trade secrets
  • Obtained affirmance of a trial court’s order in favor of an individual defendant in an unfair competition case that granted a motion to dismiss based on lack of personal jurisdiction and denied discovery on the jurisdictional issue; Lisa Frank, Inc. v. Brown, No. B184023, 2006 Cal. App. LEXIS 3985 (Cal. Ct. App. May 9, 2006)
  • Obtained complete dismissal on summary judgment of former employee’s claims in arbitration for race discrimination, racial harassment and retaliation against property management company
  • Obtained complete dismissal on summary judgment of claims for misappropriation of trade secrets, unfair competition and tortious interference in favor of national medical supply company and its sales representatives; McKesson Medical-Surgical, Inc. v. Micro Bio-Medics, Inc., 266 F.Supp.2d 590 (E.D. Mich. 2003)
  • Obtained affirmance of summary judgment obtained in company’s favor, which dismissed former shareholder’s claim for a $341,000 distribution;  Riesett v. W.B. Doner & Co., 293 F.3d 164 (4th Cir. 2002)
  • Obtained affirmance of the trial court’s order in the employer’s favor, which dismissed the case and compelled arbitration; Woidyla v. Village Green Management Company, No. 233497, 2002 Mich. App. Lexis 1448 (Mich. Ct. App. Oct. 22, 2002)
  • Obtained complete dismissal on summary disposition in employer’s favor on former employee’s claims for gender discrimination, sexual harassment, retaliation, libel and slander, and intentional infliction of emotional distress; Conner v. Global View Technologies, Wayne County Circuit Court, Case No. 00-033859-NZ (June 3, 2002)

Honors

  • DBusiness, Top Lawyers, 2010
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated 
  • Phi Delta Phi, The International Legal Fraternity, 1994-present