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Workers’ Compensation Defense

With more than 100 years of cumulative legal experience, H&L has distinguished itself as Michigan’s premier workers’ compensation defense firm. Since its inception in 1981, H&L has litigated thousands of workers’ compensation cases, involving both routine and non-routine legal issues. H&L has skillfully and successfully defended its clients’ interests in matters involving numerous legal issues, including the following:


  • Employee v Independent Contractor
  • Dual Capacities
  • Retaliatory Discharge
  • Occupational Disease
  • Work Accidents
  • Wage Loss
  • Specific Loss
  • Intentional Torts
  • Dual Causation
  • Acts of God
  • Imported and Personal Risks
  • Horseplay & Misconduct
  • Travelling Employees
  • Appellate Commission Appeals


H&L recognizes that collaboration is essential for the efficient resolution of individual cases, as well as, for building sustaining relationships with our clients. To that end, we offer seminars and quarterly updates to keep our clients apprised of developments in the law. It is our belief that keeping clients apprised of the latest developments in the law is the best way to help our clients mitigate or avoid legal exposure.

Employment Law & Litigation

We at H&L believe that the key to effectively representing our employer-clients is proactive approach, centered around liability-reducing measures. We represent companies in numerous industries, whether public or private, non-profit or for-profit, small or large. The first step in any representation is to assess our client’s potential liability exposure from typical employment claims such as:


  • Wrongful termination;
  • Unfair labor practices;
  • Wage and hour violations;
  • FMLA, ADA, ADEA, ELCRA, FLSA, CRA 1964, and PDCRA violations;
  • Hostile work environment;
  • Discrimination, including gender and sexual; and
  • Harassment.


To that end, we will conduct a comprehensive audit of your company’s human resource policies and procedures to determine potential exposure. Once we have completed your audit, we will recommend liability-reducing measures to lessen the likelihood and amount of any exposure. We, at H&L, also believe that educating our managers and employees as to the law is a great way to prevent inadvertent legal issues. We offer training seminars on various employment law topics. To schedule a seminar, contact us today!


At H&L, we also recognize that proper drafting of business documents can play a large role in reducing liability. Our attorneys will work with you to develop legally-sound confidentiality and non-compete agreements; RFQs and RFPs; social media, internet, email, and computer-usage policies; employment handbooks; vendor contracts; and licensing agreements.


If litigation occurs, the skilled attorneys at H&L will provide you the best representation available, protecting your company from potentially ruinous awards and sanctions. We represent clients throughout the state of Michigan in both federal and state courts, as well as, administrative agencies.