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Melvin J. Muskovitz Senior Counsel

Areas of Practice

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan, 1971

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, 1971
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan, 1994

Education

University of Michigan, J.D.

University of Michigan, B.A.

Mr. Muskovitz, a member in Dykema’ s Labor and Employment Practice Group, represents employers in federal and state courts, and before administrative agencies. He also devotes a significant portion of his time counseling and assisting employers with respect to issues arising under state and federal employment laws and assisting in drafting employment policies and negotiating employment and severance agreements with highly placed corporate executives.

Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Muskovitz investigated and litigated unfair labor practice cases with the National Labor Relations Board and served as in-house employment and labor counsel for the City of Ann Arbor. While in private practice, Mr. Muskovitz has served as outside general counsel for a nationwide fast-food company for over a dozen years, handling all employment and labor matters throughout the United States, and has represented countless employers in a myriad of employment and labor law issues. As a result of this diverse background, Mr. Muskovitz provides a unique counseling perspective, combining his investigative and trial skills with hands-on industry experience, allowing him to find practical solutions to complex legal issues.

Mr. Muskovitz has been named in The Best Lawyers in America 2009 – 2017 in the practice area of Labor and Employment Law and  named a "Lawyer of the Year" in Ann Arbor for Litigation - Labor and Employment by Best Lawyers for 2015 and 2017.

Experience

  • Represented employers in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies with respect to claims arising out of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act (race, sex, national origin, religion), the Americans With Disabilities Act, the Older Workers Benefits Protection Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, and the National Labor Relations Act.
  • Obtained pre-trial dismissal of claims by former employee alleging Fraudulent Misrepresentation, Breach of Contract, Oppression of Minority Shareholders, Breach of Fiduciary Duty, Breach of Promissory note, Usurpation of Corporate Opportunity & Conversion of Corporate Assets and Wrongful Discharge.
  • Obtained summary dismissal in an arbitration proceeding involving claims by company vice president for breach of contract and wrongful discharge.
  • Obtained injunctive relief in state court prohibiting high level management employee from working for a direct competitor.
  • Successfully defended employer against claim that its newly hired employee was violating a non-competition covenant with his former employer.
  • Successfully defended employers in arbitration hearings involving claims of wrongful discharge and challenges to the employers' management decisions.

Memberships & Involvement

  • State Bar of Michigan, Employment Law Section, Member; Public Corporation Law Section, Member
  • Washtenaw County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section, Member

Named a "Lawyer of the Year" in Ann Arbor for Litigation - Labor and Employment by Best Lawyers in America® for 2015 and 2017

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2009-2017 for Litigation and Labor & Employment Law. Copyright 2015 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC

Named a Top Lawyer by dbusiness Magazine for Employment Law - Management, Labor Law - Management, and Labor and Employment Litigation, 2015

Jewish Community Center of Washtenaw County, Founding Member Award

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

Ann Arbor United Jewish Appeal, Leadership Award

President's Award, Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra