James Reid is a labor and employment attorney who counsels business owners, entrepreneurs, C-suite executives, in-house counsel, and human resources directors to make strategic business decisions, from hiring to firing, while complying with the ever changing and overlapping laws, including the ADEA, FLSA, FMLA, NLRA, and Title VII. He brings a business focused and proactive approach to legal matters to help employers make strategic business decisions to minimize the potential for litigation and business disruption.

His deep understanding of his clients' businesses enables him to deliver clear and concise counsel to meet each client's specific needs. If litigation is involved, he enforces restrictive covenants and defends employers against charges filed with the EEOC, state, and federal agencies.

James regularly conducts audits and investigations into employers' wage and hour practices and claims of discrimination and harassment. He provides training and prepares employment documents, including employee handbooks, employment agreements, and separation agreements, to cover all aspects during the life cycle of an employee.

James is also a sought after keynote and national speaker at conferences and events, including the American Payroll Association, SHRM, Tedx, and HR Day.


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Michigan Rising Star,® 2015 - 2019

Top Lawyer DBusiness Magazine, 2017-2022

Oakland County Executive's Elite 40 Under 40, 2019

Oakland County Bar Association's Distinguished Service Award

Law Bulletin Media

  • Employment Law: Management, 2023-2024

Crain's Detroit Business, 2023

  • Recognized as a Notable Leader in Employment & Labor Law

Professional & Community Involvement

State Bar of Michigan

  • Former member of Labor and Employment Law Section Council

Oakland County Bar Association

  • Former chair of employment law committee

Michigan Council of the Society for Human Resource Management

  • Past-Director

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society for the Michigan-Indiana Region

  • Board of Directors

Detroit Regional Chamber, Leadership Detroit Class XLIII, 2022-2023

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