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Edward J. Bardelli

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Biography

Ed’s practice focuses on representing companies in employment and commercial litigation. Ed has successfully represented manufacturers, utility companies, universities and banks in all manner of employment disputes, including race, sex, age, FMLA and disability discrimination claims, as well as harassment, retaliation and whistleblower claims. He has also successfully represented businesses in enforcing non-competition agreements and protecting their trade secrets. Ed was lead counsel for Amway Corp. when the company won a $26 million arbitration award in a lawsuit involving non-compete, non-solicit and trade secret claims, and he was co-counsel in the Taco Bell Chihuahua case, which resulted in a jury awarding our client $36 million. As one of his clients put it, “Ed Bardelli provides high quality work at a cost-effective price. He is zealous in his representation of his clients and always ethical. He gives practical advice with his client's business needs in mind." Ed is the immediate past chair of the firm's Litigation Practice Group and currently serves on the firm's Management Committee and Litigation Steering Committee.

Education

  • Wayne State University Law School J.D. 1995 cum laude
  • University of Michigan B.A. 1992 high distinction

Admitted

  • 1995, Michigan

Courts

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit in 2002
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit in 2002
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan in 2014
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan in 1995

Bar Associations

  • American Bar Association
    Litigation Section, Labor & Employment Law Section
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Grand Rapids Bar Association

Experience

  • Lead Counsel for The Dow Chemical Company obtaining no-cause jury verdict after five-day trial in Whistleblower Protection Act and Michigan Public Policy case (2017)
  • Lead counsel for Nexteer Automotive Corporation obtaining summary judgment in FMLA interference and retaliation case (2017)
  • Lead counsel for Nexteer Automotive Corporation obtaining summary judgment in FLSA retaliation case (2017)
  • Lead counsel for The Dow Chemical Company obtaining voluntary dismissal with prejudice after taking plaintiff’s deposition in tortious interference and defamation case (2017)
  • Lead counsel for The Dow Chemical Company in jury trial involving FMLA retaliation claim (2015)
  • Lead counsel for Amway Corp. obtaining summary judgment in ERISA and Age Discrimination case (2014)
  • Lead counsel for Grand Valley State University obtaining dismissal of ethnic discrimination claim by student, affirmed on appeal (2014)
  • Lead counsel for US Signal Corporation obtaining preliminary and permanent injunction against former employee prohibiting employee from working for competitor after two-day evidentiary hearing (2014)
  • Lead counsel for Access Business Group LLC obtaining summary judgment in gender discrimination case (2013)
  • Lead counsel for Whirlpool Corp. obtaining TRO, preliminary and permanent injunction against former employee preventing former employee from working for competitor after two-day evidentiary hearing (2013)
  • Lead counsel for CSB Bank in jury trial involving Whistleblower Protection Act claim (2012)
  • Lead counsel for Amway Corp. obtaining dismissal of claim by distributor and $2 million arbitration award on counter-claim arising out of non-compete, non-solicit and tortious interference claims (2012)
  • Lead counsel for Access Business Group, LLC obtaining summary judgment in disability, FMLA and retaliation case, report at 2011 WL 3758726 (W.D. Mich August 25, 2011)
  • Lead counsel for Amway Corp. obtaining $26 million arbitration award in suit arising out of non-compete, non-solicit and trade secret claims. Report at 2008 WL 5386774; 2010 WL 3927661
  • Lead counsel for DSM Pharma Chemicals, Inc. obtaining no cause jury verdict in breach of contract case
  • Lead counsel for Challenge Manufacturing obtaining favorable jury verdict in FMLA case
  • Lead counsel for The Dow Chemical Company obtaining summary judgment in race discrimination case, report at 2008 WL 880512; affirmed 580 F.3rd 394 (6th Cir. 2009)
  • Lead counsel for The Dow Chemical Company obtaining summary judgment in Whistleblowers Protection Act and sex discrimination case
  • Lead counsel for The Dow Chemical Company obtaining summary judgment in breach of contract and retaliation case
  • Lead counsel for The Dow Chemical Company obtaining summary judgment in FMLA and age discrimination case
  • Lead counsel for Action Industrial Supply Co. obtaining directed verdict in conspiracy and unjust enrichment case
  • Co-counsel for Wrench, Inc. obtaining multimillion dollar jury verdict against Taco Bell in suit arising out of the popular Chihuahua advertising campaign
  • Co-counsel for Grand Valley State University obtaining no cause jury verdict in race discrimination case
  • Co-counsel for the Diocese of Grand Rapids in multimillion dollar personal injury case. Obtained summary disposition which was upheld on appeal
  • Counsel for Alticor Inc. on several matters, including obtaining summary judgment in disability discrimination case, report at 177 F. Supp. 2d 674
  • Co-counsel for Fifth Third Bank obtaining summary judgment as plaintiff in trade secret case  
  • Successfully prosecuted a claim for Maximum Financial Group, Inc. recovering over $250,000 against a former customer in an NASD arbitration

Honors & Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation, 2013-Present
  • Named to Michigan Super Lawyers, 2010-Present
  • Leading Lawyers Michigan, 2014
  • Order of the Coif
  • Note and Comment Editor, Wayne Law Review

Leadership

Professional Affiliations

  • National Association of College and University Attorneys

Speaking Engagements

  • Moderator, "Labor and Employment Panel," Warner 2019 HR Executive Panels, October 1, 2019, Midland, Michigan
  • Moderator, "Employee Benefits Panel" and "Labor and Employment Panel," Warner 2018 HR Executive Panels, September 19, 2018, Midland, Michigan
  • Moderator, "Managing an Evolving Workforce" and "Wage/Hour and FLSA Issues," Warner Norcross Labor & Benefits Executive Panel, October 25, 2016, Midland, Michigan
  • "The Flip Side: Best Practices to Reduce Risks of Employment Litigation," MISHRM Annual Conference, October 15, 2015, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Labor & Benefits Executive Panel, Warner Norcross Seminar, October 7, 2015, Midland, Michigan, and October 26, 2015, Troy, Michigan
  • "Anatomy of a Discharge Case, Best Practices in HR Litigation," Mid-Michigan and Cadillac Area Human Resources Association, September 15, 2015, Clare, Michigan
  • "Employment Litigation Update," Warner Norcross Human Resources Seminar, April 20, 2015, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Labor and Employment Panel Moderator, Labor and Benefits Executive Panel-Government Enforcement Initiatives, September 23, 2014, Midland, Michigan
  • “How to Handle and Properly Document Discipline and Discharge Issues,” Warner Norcross Human Resources Seminar, April 22, 2014, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • “HR and Benefits Executive Panel,” Warner Norcross Human Resources Seminar, October 9, 2013, Midland, Michigan
  • "Record Keeping and Retention," Warner Norcross Human Resources Seminar, March 25, 2011, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • "Electronic Discovery and Document Retention," Warner Norcross Human Resources Seminar, May 10, 2007, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • "Establishing Your Data Retention Plan," Electronic Discovery & Storage Seminar, March 6, 2007, Kalamazoo, Michigan

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