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Dykema Welcomes Labor & Employment Member Robert Boonin

January 7, 2014

Dykema, a leading national law firm, announced today that Robert Boonin has joined the Labor & Employment Group in the firm’s Detroit office. He previously served as a senior member of the Labor and Employment Law and Higher Education Law Practice Groups at Butzel Long.

Boonin has more than 25 years of experience representing private and public sector employers in virtually all aspects of labor and employment law. He has counseled clients on key matters such as the National Labor Relations Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Whistleblower Protection Act, and the various state and federal civil rights acts. Boonin also has extensive experience representing state universities, community colleges and school districts on issues such as employment law, student rights, constitutional law, tenure matters, policy drafting, statutory compliance and transactions. In addition to handling collective bargaining maters for clients, he has also litigated employment matters before state and federal courts, administrative agencies and arbitrators across the nation.

“Rob brings an incredible depth of labor and employment knowledge that will benefit our thriving practice significantly,” said Sherrie Farrell, Office Managing Member of Dykema’s Detroit office. “He has represented clients on a broad range of matters both in Michigan and nationally, and this diverse experience further strengthens our client service capabilities. He is also a recognized leader in the employment law field, at both the state and national levels.”

Boonin has written and spoken on labor and employment matters throughout his career and is consistently recognized by Best Lawyers, Michigan Super Lawyers and Chambers USA. He is the current Chair of the nationally renowned Wage and Hour Defense Institute, and he is also the current Chair of the State Bar of Michigan’s Labor and Employment Section. In addition, he is a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Law Lawyers and a Fellow former President of the Litigation Counsel of America. He is also active in the American Bar Association’s Federal Labor Standards Legislation Committee and co-edits chapters on major treatises on the Fair Labor Standards Act and employment discrimination law.

Boonin received his B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Master’s in Labor and Industrial Relations from the School of Labor and Industrial Relations of Michigan State University, and J.D. from The University of Michigan Law School.

Dykema’s Labor & Employment Group attorneys provide strategic counsel on all employment-related issues, from civil rights and employee benefits to union negotiations, immigration and litigation. The attorneys in this practice represent both corporate and public employers in such diverse fields as retailing, manufacturing, construction, transportation, banking and finance, health care, government and education.

With the firm’s advice, clients can navigate and comply with complex laws and meet specific employment-related objectives. Dykema also maintains a labor and employment law blog (, in which its attorneys highlight important legal developments with practical implications for clients.