For over 15 years, we've worked with companies to comply with federal and Michigan employment law requirements, as well as representing individuals whose employment law rights have been violated. Our employment law concentration allows us to provide companies with cost-effective strategies to avoid or minimize litigation. And our employment law experience allows us to provide individuals with insightful and thorough representation when it comes to discrimination claims.
Since 2001, we have been responsible for drafting and enforcing reasonable noncompete agreements, as well as defending against overbroad restrictions. We also regularly review noncompete restrictions to provide a rigorous assessment about the enforceability of a restriction or to determine if starting a business or pursuing new employment opportunities would likely violate the noncompete agreement. Contact us for a consultation about Michigan noncompete law.
January 2021 – We obtained a favorable decision from the State of Michigan/Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO) Wage and Hour Division against an employer who used a non-disclosure restriction that violated Michigan law. The decision included the maximum monetary penalty permitted under the statute.
December 2020 – We obtained a very favorable settlement on behalf of our client to resolve claims under the Family Medical Leave Act. The claims were filed in Federal Court, Eastern District of Michigan.
August 2020 – Jason Shinn was again selected as a 2020 Super Lawyer for employment law. Super Lawyers selects attorneys using its patented multiphase selection process, which combines peer nominations, evaluations, and independent research. Each candidate is evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement.
March 2020 – Coronavirus Response: How will your businesses respond and stay on top of everything? We’ve created a one-stop business resource for you to have the latest coronavirus information on government regulatory and emergency response activities, reducing risks, and more essential intelligence for your business.
February 2020 – Our firm obtained a favorable ruling in the Michigan Court of Appeals in a class action lawsuit filed against West Bloomfield Charter Township involving Headlee Amendment violations and related claims arising out of its building division charging excessive fees and depositing the extra money in the township general fund “to finance other operations” in violation of Michigan law. The Court again reversed the trial court’s decision that dismissed part of the claims, including for unjust enrichment, allowing the case to move forward. We are seeking millions of dollars on behalf of our client and class members.
December 2019 – Our firm settled an age and gender discrimination claim on behalf of our client who sued her former employer. The lawsuit was submitted to arbitration under the employer’s agreement. The case settled for a confidential amount after discovery and prior to the beginning of the arbitration hearing.
November 2019 – Our firm obtained a dismissal with prejudice of trade secret misappropriation claims. The claims were made against our clients, former employees of a Grand Rapids based insurance agency after they ended their employment to start a competing company.
September 2019 – In federal litigation, we obtained judgment in our clients’ favor on the plaintiff’s trade secret misappropriation claims under Federal and Michigan law and conversion claims. The lawsuit was filed by Qualite Sports Lighting against its former employee and a company the plaintiff was competing against for a sports lighting installation job. The victory is significant because plaintiff was seeking millions of dollars and attorney’s fees for these claims.
May 2019 – Jury Verdict! After four days of trial, a jury returned a verdict in our client’s favor in a race discrimination claim. The plaintiff sued the company and its owner. Plaintiff’s attorneys asked the jury to return a verdict for over a quarter of a million dollars in damages.
February 2019 – We obtained a dismissal of a lawsuit filed by Ciber Global/HTC against its former employee for enforcement of a non-compete agreement. A copy of the order is available here.
About Shinn Legal
Shinn Legal, PLC is a Michigan-based law firm. The attorneys at Shinn Legal are committed to building enduring relationships with our clients and providing expertise and solutions to meet their current and evolving needs.
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Jason M. Shinn
Jason Shinn is a Michigan licensed attorney. Since 2001, Mr. Shinn’s legal experience includes representing privately held companies, publicly traded companies, as well as start-up companies in numerous industries, including manufacturing, Internet and e-commerce, finance, health, technology, and telecommunications.