Butzel Long Attorney Named State Chairman of Labor

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DETROIT — Butzel Long attorney and shareholder Robert A. Boonin has been named chairman of the State Bar of Michigan’s Labor and Employment Law Section, which offers education, information and analysis about labor and employment matters. Based in Butzel Long’s Ann Arbor office, Boonin’s law practice is largely concentrated in the areas of labor, employment discrimination, and education law.

Boonin has represented public and private sector clients across the country, in more than 30 jurisdictions — Wrongful termination, employment discrimination, wage and hour, tenure proceedings and other employment-related lawsuits and claims,as well as in labor grievance arbitrations, labor negotiations, unfair labor practicesand representational proceedings and labor strikes.

In addition, he has served as a chapter editor for two highly regarded legal treatises, Employment Discrimination Law and The Fair Labor Standards Act. Boonin is active in national and state bar association sections in labor and employment law. He is a co-founder and the current chairman of the Wage and Hour Defense Institute of the Litigation Counsel of America. He is an active member of the American Bar Association’s Federal Labor Standards Legislation Committee and the American Employment Law Council.

He serves on the boards of directors of the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Regional Chamber of Commerce and Ann Arbor’s Main Street Area Association. He is a frequent speaker on labor and employment matters. Boonin is an honors graduate of the University of Michigan law school and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He also holds a master’s degree in labor and industrial relations from Michigan State University.

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