Education

Rutgers School of Law, J.D.
  • with honors; M. Donald Kepmer Award; Phillip J. Levin Scholarship; Charles Richter Memorial Scholarship; First-Year Writing Award
  • Rutgers Law Journal, Managing Editor; Rutgers School of Law Fellow
University of Michigan, B.A.
  • History

Prior Employment

  • Hertz, Schram & Saretsky P.C., Associate, 2003-2004
  • United States Marine Corps Reserves, 1996-2004

Bar Admissions

Court Admissions

Clerkships

  • Justice Marilyn Kelly, Michigan Supreme Court, Law Clerk, 2002-2003

Professional Affiliations

Society for Human Resource Management, Member

State Bar of Michigan

  • Civil Procedure and Courts Committee, Member, 2010-2016
  • Labor and Employment Law Section
Overview
Experience
Community
News & Resources
Honors

Overview

Sean Crotty is a business-minded employment law counselor, helping clients address situations in a practical way to avoid liability under the myriad of federal, state and local employment and labor laws. He also serves as lead counsel in lawsuits involving employment, wage-and-hour, noncompete, and trade secret claims.

  • Provides preventative, forward-thinking counseling and policies to help employers avoid liability for discrimination, harassment, and retaliation
  • Serves as primary labor and employment counsel on multimillion dollar corporate mergers and acquisitions
  • Helps private and publicly-traded clients navigate high-level executive separations
  • Negotiates executive employment and severance agreements
  • Defends employers in discrimination and other lawsuits brought under federal and state law, including the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Persons with Disabilities Civil Rights Act, the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN), the Whistleblowers Protection Act, the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), Title VII, and the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act
  • Counsels national and international companies on how to establish employee operations in Michigan
  • Guides clients in structuring both large- and small-scale workforce reductions

Experience

  • Represented automotive supplier before the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, which affirmed the dismissal of a USERRA claim based on a shortened contractual limitations period; Oswald v. BAE Industries, Inc., 2012 WL 1700704 (6th Cir. 2012)
  • Prevailed on appeal on behalf of an automotive die manufacturer; upholding the NLRB’s determination that an employee who falsified another employee’s involvement in a complaint to management may be lawfully discharged; UAW v. NLRB and Ogihara Corp., 514 F.3d 574 (6th Cir. 2008)
  • Defended and achieved favorable settlement of a nationwide collective action under the Fair Labor Standards Act involving thousands of putative class members
  • Obtained temporary restraining orders and preliminary injunctions against a variety of types of employees, including mortgage brokers, event emcees, engineers, and sales representatives based on restrictive covenant and trade secret claims
  • Defended and achieved favorable settlement of seven-figure sales representative commission lawsuit
  • Obtained multi-million dollar settlement in a vendor dispute with a municipal entity
  • Obtained summary judgment and awarded costs in two FMLA interference and retaliation cases in a Michigan federal court
  • Obtained peremptory reversal of adverse Wayne County Circuit Court decision, establishing that a casino was not liable when a valet driver engaged in an altercation with a customer
  • Obtained summary disposition of hybrid FMLA/race harassment claim in Macomb County Circuit Court
  • Obtained summary judgment in a California federal court of a disability discrimination claims based on the employee’s failure to timely arbitrate the claim under a collective bargaining agreement
  • Successfully defended against union organizing efforts for a restaurant chain

Community

Frequent Presenter – Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program

News & Resources

News

Publications

Seminars & Events

Honors

  • Michigan Super Lawyers, Recognized as Rising Star, 2008-present
  • DBusiness, Top Lawyers, 2016