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James P. Greene Member

Areas of Practice


Bar Admissions

  • Michigan, 1982

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, 1982
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit, 1986
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan, 1987


University of Toledo, J.D.

Michigan State University, M.L.I.R.

University of Oregon, B.S.

James P. Greene possesses over 35 years experience in the negotiation and administration (including grievance and Act 312 interest arbitration) of labor agreements on behalf of public and private employers, including K-12 school systems, colleges, universities, manufacturing and service firms, electrical cooperatives, hospitals, nursing homes, courts, cities, and counties.

Mr. Greene's practice is exclusively directed to representing management in labor and employment matters. He has negotiated hundreds of labor agreements covering K-12 faculty, university faculty and lecturers, administrative and professional employees, nurses, assistant prosecutors, accountants, technical employees, probation officers, police, maintenance and food service employees, skilled trades employees, clerical and secretarial employees, linemen, manufacturing and production employees, court employees, bus drivers, health department employees, mental health department employees, and numerous others. The unions with whom he has negotiated collective bargaining agreements include the MEA, MFT, AAUP, AFSCME, IUOE, UAW, FOP, MESA, IAFF SEIU, POAM, United Steelworkers, IBEW and others.

Mr. Greene formerly served as Director of Dykema's Employment Law Department and as Member in Charge of Dykema's Ann Arbor office. He has also served as head of Professional Personnel with administrative responsibility for all of the Firm's associates and paralegals.

Prior to joining Dykema, Mr. Greene served as a Labor Relations Consultant with the Michigan Association for School Boards, taught labor negotiations, contract and grievance administration and personnel management at Lansing Community College, and served as a Principal to The Wyatt Company consulting on matters of compensation program design and administration. He also served as Executive Director of Human Resources for Eastern Michigan University where he was responsible for legal affairs, faculty and staff labor relations, compensation, benefits, employment, affirmative action, workers' compensation and unemployment compensation administration, and staff training and development.

Mr. Greene is actively involved in the community and serves on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee for the Ronald McDonald House in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He has also served as Vice Chair of the Eastern Michigan University Foundation Board of Trustees and Chair of the Foundation's Development Committee. Mr. Greene is also a member of the National and Michigan Public Employer Labor Relations Association (MPELRA) and the Michigan State Bar.


  • Collective bargaining negotiations, labor arbitrations, union certification and decertification campaigns, union avoidance, strikes, picketing, secondary boycotts, and unfair labor practices proceedings before the NLRB and MERC
  • Litigation of employment discrimination, whistleblowers’ protection act, breach of contract and other employment-related issues before state and federal courts
  • Administrative complaints before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Michigan Department of Civil Rights
  • Trade secret and unfair competition issues
  • Drafting, implementation and utilization of alternate dispute resolution procedures
  • Sexual harassment, discrimination, workplace violence, ADA, FMLA, FLSA, and WARN issues
  • Employment handbooks, policies and procedures
  • Frequent lecturer on employment-related topics

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® for Employment Law - Management, 2021. Copyright 2015 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC

Named a Michigan Leading Lawyer in the area of Labor: Management Law by the Leading Lawyers Network, Law Bulletin Publishing Company

Recognized in Michigan Super Lawyers® for Employment & Labor, Employment Litigation: Defense, Schools & Education

Recipient of an AV® Preeminent™ Rating by Martindale-Hubbell