David J. Houston

USA: Michigan

Dickinson Wright PLLC
215 S. Washington Square
Suite 200
Lansing MI 48933-1816

Tel: 517-487-4777

Email: DHouston@dickinsonwright.com
Web: www.dickinson-wright.com

David Houston represent employers in counseling and planning through litigation defense in all subject matter areas. He has tried bench and jury cases defending wrongful termination, race, sex, age and disability; harassment and retaliation claims, before all agencies and state and federal courts.

He has handled employment aspects of mergers from $1.5 million to $2.3 billion.

David has negotiated dozens of “exceeded expectations” labor agreements for employers against UAW, IAM, USW, CWA, SEIU, UFCW, Teamsters, and other labor organizations. Won elections or obtained election petition withdrawals in the automotive (Tier I and Tier II), forging, telephone, retail, manufacturing, and health care industries, and charter schools.

In 2005 he focused national and international attention on the issue of “smoke-free workplace” by successfully establishing and defending “zero-tolerance” testing and discharge policies – interviewed and reported by all major TV Networks, CNN, CNBC, Fox News, Court TV, BBC, NPR, NY Times, Paris Match, BBC, others.

He represented Capital Area United Way in high-profile embezzlement case reported by national media including the New York Times.

David has consistent success in both enforcement and defense of non-compete/confidentiality claims.

  • Edward D. Jones & Co., L.P.
  • Silbond Corporation
  • Metro Health Hospital Grand Rapids
  • Michigan Milk Producers Association
  • Emergency Medical Associates, PLLC
  • Peckham Vocational Industries, Inc.
  • Truscott Rossman
  • Mercantile Bank
  • Nitrex Metal Inc.
  • United Process Controls Inc.
  • General Counsel, Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce, 1999-2005
  • Board of Directors and Executive Committee, Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce, 1999-2005
  • Member, Michigan Manufacturers Association Committee on Government Affairs
  • Founding Member and Past Chairperson, Ingham County Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Michigan Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law and Litigation Sections
Organizations faced with wrongful discharge and discrimination claims, ADA and FMLA compliance issues, workforce reductions and a wide range of other labor and employment issues need an experienced legal partner. That’s why many private and public organizations turn to the expert team at Dickinson Wright for assistance in this complex area of law.

Whenever possible, we work with our clients to proactively address issues in an effort to avoid litigation. Our team has extensive experience counseling clients to avoid just about any type of labor and employment issue. Just in the past few years, we have successfully defended numerous wage and house collective actions and discrimination class actions – in most cases, stopping the case before it went to litigation.

But, when litigation is necessary, our clients benefit from our creative and cost-effective approach to single and multiple plaintiff lawsuits. A significant part of our practice involves vigorously representing public and private employers in state and federal court in discrimination, whistleblower, wrongful termination and other labor and employment litigation.

Some of the labor & employment practice’s areas of expertise include:

  • Employment litigation, including: wrongful discharge and discrimination claims; defamation and other workplace torts; retaliation and whistleblower claims; wage and hour claims; ERISA claims; injunction lawsuits; administrative claims; appeals and alternative dispute resolution.
  • Class actions, including: wage and hour; civil rights; employment and labor.
  • Labor relations, including: union avoidance and organizing; collective bargaining; contract administration and arbitration and NLRB matters.
  • Preventive counseling on a wide range of employment matters, including: personnel policies and handbooks; employment and severance contracts; workforce reductions; sexual and racial harassment; employee discipline; affirmative action; immigration; OSHA; non-compete covenants; wage and hour compliance; disability and family leave issues; drug and alcohol issues; employee leasing; compliance audits; workplace violence; workplace privacy; employee benefits; ERISA and supervisory training.
  • Preventive counseling on labor issues, including: labor relations and collective bargaining; maintenance of a union-free workforce and mergers and acquisitions.

Dickinson Wright is a growing, full-service firm of experienced, creative, diverse and dedicated legal professionals. Our attorneys are respected by their peers, honored by industry endorsements and recognized through significant appointments to bar associations and the judiciary system.

But, the most important thing to us is the respect we’ve earned from our clients. For more than 138 years, we’ve put our clients first.

Across our 40 practice areas, our team of over 400 lawyers has an unwavering focus on providing unmatched client service and the highest quality legal advice. We are proactive and accessible. We offer clear and concise solutions. And always, we are mindful that we must deliver the absolute best value on every client engagement, whether it’s large or small.

From Fortune 500 companies to small and emerging businesses to governmental entities, nonprofits and individuals, every client is important to us. Every client benefits from the depth of our experience, the breadth of our expertise and our focus on providing personalized service.

Dickinson Wright serves our clients from offices in Detroit, Troy, Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor, Lansing, and Saginaw, Michigan; Austin, Texas; Columbus, Ohio, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida; Las Vegas, Nevada; Lexington, Kentucky; Nashville, Tennessee; Phoenix, Arizona; Reno, Nevada; Washington, D.C. and Toronto, Ontario. And, our affiliations with leading law firms throughout the world provide us with global reach.

“Broad practice known for its expert handling of labor and employment, employee benefits and immigration issues for a diverse client roster. Frequently advises clients in the public and private sectors on labor relations, health and retirement plans, and health and safety compliance. Regularly acts for businesses in the healthcare, automotive, retail and food and drink industries.”
Chambers & Partners USA, 2017