Richard Meier
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Richard Meier
Firm: The Law Office of Richard A. Meier
Address: 28175 Haggerty Road
Novi, MI 48377
Phone: 248-990-1971
Fax: 248-932-3521
E-mail: Contact Us
Web site: http://www.michiganemploymentattorneys.com
Offers Free Initial Consultation
Accepts Credit Cards

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References Representative Cases
Lawyer Profile:

Senior attorney, counselor, negotiator and veteran litigator offering many years of experience focused largely within the employment law arena. Litigation and litigation avoidance strategies encompass the full spectrum of this field to include age, health, family medical, wage, worker's compensation, wrongful discharge, race, gender, religion, weight and disability cases.

Start-up and full P&L responsibility for a profitable high growth law practice. Comfortable operating in union and non-union environments spanning manufacturing, distribution and service industries. Proven consensus builder leading diverse legal, corporate or political factions to mutually agreed upon solutions.

Recognized for a career of successful, if not landmark cases representing individual plaintiffs, class action, government and corporate entities. Although I am a well known and respected litigator, I employ every conceivable approach to mediate out of court resolutions. I have mediated hundreds of cases to equitable settlement.

Selected Achievements

  • Litigation Avoidance. Originally a member of my city's Board of Ordinance Appeals, I was soon elected Chairman. Instituted policy for handling ordinance violations at the administrative level. Exceptionally well-received by the Local District Court, the court literally refused to litigate cases until this board reviewed and exhausted mediation efforts.
  • Innovative & Visionary Advancement of the Law. Cited in Michigan Trials publications on five occasions and TV/newspaper media over ten times regarding my cases. The first attorney in Michigan to apply the "Hostile Environment" theory to a national origin case, this suit was won on appeal, setting a precedent which stands to this day
          I advanced a "Disparate Impact" theory that was later written up in the Michigan Wrongful Discharge and Employment Law Handbook.
  • Forward Thinking Court Settlement Techniques. Innovative filing strategy prompted the move to settle out of court on a sensitive sexual harassment matter. A well structured litigation theory generated a six-figure settlement...well within the range set by my client as the cash goal.
  • High Visibility Public Relations. Co-hosted a radio talk show addressing the legal aspects of sensitive societal issues. Employing a teaming approach, I soon became the "Go To Guy" as ratings blew through the roof. Picked up by UPI, AP and written up nationally, I was honored by the request to contract for national syndication.

Career Overview

Start-up rapid growth law practice specializing in the employment law arena. Seasoned litigator and arbitrator with a breadth of experience in wrongful discharge, discrimination, disabilities, sexual harassment or hostile environment claims. Represented individual plaintiff, class action, government and corporate defendants spanning manufacturing and distribution to service industries.

Integral member of a loose knit association of 58 attorneys and 30+ support staff, recruited during a rapid growth period in 1996.

Cited in Michigan Trials publications on five occasions. First attorney in Michigan to apply the "Hostile Environment" theory to a national origin case, setting a precedent which stands to this day. Recognized for the use of the "Disparate Impact" theory, in M&A Michigan Wrongful Discharge and Employment Law, and featured in law school textbooks for the past decade.

Current Employment Position(s):
Attorney at Law, since 1984

Areas of Practice:
Employment Law
Wrongful Discharge
Discrimination
Disabilities
Sexual Harassment
Bar Admissions:
Michigan, 1985
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan, 1985
U.S. District Court Western District of Michigan, 1986
U.S. Federal Courts, 1985
U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1986
Education:
Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Lansing, Michigan, 1984
J.D.
Honors: Dean's List, Moot Court

Michigan State University, 1975
B.S.
Honors: cum laude
Honors: With Honors

Michigan State University, 1977
Master of Labor and Industrial Relations
Major: Personnel/Labor Relations

Representative Cases:
People v. Strunk, 431 N.W.2d 223 (Mich.App. 1988)
References:
Harold C. Henry and Associates
Mount Clemens-First National Bank
Comerica Bank
Chase Manhattan Bank
Honors and Awards:
Featured in law school textbooks for the past decade

Cited in Michigan Trials publications on five occasions and TV/newspaper media over ten times regarding cases

Professional Associations and Memberships:
District Court Judge
Candidate

Oakland County Bar Association
Member

Michigan Civil Rights Commission
Hearing Referee

Michigan Courts Mediation Panels

Past Employment Positions:
Boron Oil Company, Manager, 1977 - 1981

Robert O'Connell P.C., Clerk

EEO Commission, State Government of Michigan, Graduate Assistant and Intern

Languages:
English
Birth Information:
1953, Detroit, Michigan, United States of America
West Practice Categories:
Discrimination, Employment, Employment Law -- Employer, Labor, Sexual Harassment
Profile Last Updated:
2/4/2016

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