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James F. Hermon Member

Areas of Practice


Bar Admissions

  • Michigan, 1995

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, 1995
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan, 1996
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit, 1996
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2016


Ohio State University, J.D., magna cum laude

University of Michigan, A.B.

  • with high honors

James F. Hermon is a member in Dykema's Labor & Employment practice group. Mr. Hermon's practice focuses upon the defense and trial of employment cases in federal and state courts, as well as counseling, advising and training corporations regarding their obligations under state and federal employment laws.

Recognized as a “knowledgeable and responsive” resource by clients quoted in Chambers USA 2021, Mr. Hermon has represented a broad range of clients in a variety of employment and discrimination related matters, including representation in administrative proceedings before the EEOC, defense of lawsuits involving race, national origin, age, and sex discrimination, defense of sexual harassment claims, defense of disability and religious accommodation claims under state and federal law, and the defense and prosecution of claims for alleged violations of covenants not to compete. Mr. Hermon has also assisted employers in the drafting and implementation of employment policies, as well as the negotiation of employment and severance agreements with highly placed corporate executives. Mr. Hermon is also active in the Employee Rights and Responsibilities Committee of the American Bar Association's Labor and Employment Section.


  • Obtained pre-discovery dismissal of Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act retaliation claims brought by a university professor asserting that his complaints about the university’s treatment of students protesting against societal racism resulted in his suspension.

  • Successfully defended a national retailer against a multi-million dollar harassment claim in which the plaintiff claimed that his attempted suicide was caused by national origin and age-based harassment by corporate management which was not addressed following his complaints.

  • Secured $26.2 Million verdict against several former employees and their new employer for theft of trade secrets and violation of confidentiality agreements associated with client’s world-standard engineering software.

  • Obtained dismissal of class action allegations of unjust enrichment of corporation that had implemented a health benefit plan requiring employees with records of excessive absenteeism to reimburse the corporation for a portion of the cost of health insurance premiums paid on their behalf.

  • Counseled engineering software firm regarding the shutdown of a corporate divisions and the reduction in force necessitated by that closure.

  • Obtained dismissal on summary judgment of national origin and retaliation claim brought by discharged professional employee of Tier 1 automotive supplier.
  • Obtained unanimous jury verdict in two week trial involving claims by a sales employee for Fortune 100 corporation alleging racial discrimination, harassment, and retaliation as a result of reassignment of his accounts.
  • Arbitration award in client's favor on age and gender discrimination claim brought by production employee of Tier 2 automotive supplier.
  • Successfully defended sexual harassment and retaliation claim brought by nurse anesthetist working for large health care system alleging that her work environment was permeated with sexual innuendo.

Blog Posts

Community/Civic Activities

Trustee, Detroit Bar Association Foundation, 2016-present

Director, Metropolitan Affairs Coalition, 2016-present

Named a Leading Lawyer in Labor & Employment Law by Chambers USA, 2020-2021

Recognized in Michigan Super Lawyers® for Employment Litigation: Defense and Labor & Employment, 2017-Present

Named a Rising Star by Law & Politics, 2009-2010

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® for Labor & Employment Litigation and Employment Law - Management, 2013-Present. Copyright 2015 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC

Named a Top Lawyer by dbusiness Magazine for Litigation - Labor & Employment, 2015 & 2018

Named a Michigan Leading Lawyer in the areas of Employment: Management and Trade Secrets/Unfair Competition Law by the Leading Lawyers Network, 2014-2017. Law Bulletin Publishing Company