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Amanda M. Fielder

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Biography

Known for her no-nonsense approach and fierce advocacy, Amanda Fielder has established a reputation for defending employer interests in employment-related issues. Amanda’s practice covers all aspects of employment law and she has successfully defended employers against claims of discrimination, harassment, retaliation and wrongful discharge, as well as other statutory, contract and tort-related employment claims. Passionate about her clients’ business needs and goals, Amanda prides herself on being a critical resource, regularly counseling employers on current and relevant employee relation issues.  Moreover, Amanda’s in-depth knowledge of her client’s business practices has allowed her to counsel and represent clients in antitrust investigations and proceedings. A client called Amanda a great employment law attorney, adding: “She makes an uncomfortable situation – trying an employment dispute in court – as comfortable as possible. She gives us peace of mind. On top of all that, she has educated our management team so that we can avoid potential issues in the future.” Amanda’s experience and expertise have earned her recognition as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyer for the past four years. She is also a member of the firm's Management Committee.

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Education

  • Michigan State University College of Law J.D. 2006 magna cum laude
  • Western Michigan University B.A. 2002 summa cum laude

Admitted

  • 2006, Michigan

Courts

  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan in 2006
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan in 2006
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit in 2014
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit

Bar Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Grand Rapids Bar Association

Experience

Employment Law Experience
  • 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)
  • Co-Counsel for large manufacturer obtaining summary judgment in Whistleblowers Protection Act and public policy case, affirmed by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in 2015
  • Co-Counsel for The Dow Chemical Company in jury trial involving FMLA retaliation claim
  • Co-Counsel for The Dow Chemical Company obtaining summary judgment in breach of contract and retaliation case
  • Co-Counsel for manufacturing food company in obtaining denial of class certification in action under the employee background check rules of the Fair Credit Reporting Act
  • Co-counsel for large manufacturer obtaining summary judgment in pension benefits class action, involving claims under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act and the Labor Management Relations Act, related to facility purchased in a bankruptcy sale
  • Co-Counsel for The Dow Chemical Company obtaining summary judgment in Whistleblowers Protection Act and sex discrimination case
  • Co-Counsel for city employer in obtaining summary judgment in race discrimination case
  • Co-Counsel for DSM Pharma Chemical North America, Inc. in obtaining no-cause jury verdict in breach of contract case
  • Co-Counsel for The Dow Chemical Company in obtaining summary judgment in race discrimination case; affirmed on appeal by Sixth Circuit, reported at 580 F.3d 394, 2009 WL 2851351
  • Co-Counsel for large West Michigan manufacturer in gender discrimination/Equal Pay Act claim, obtaining summary judgment on plaintiff’s claims; affirmed on appeal by Sixth Circuit, reported at 2012 WL 2580609
  • Co-Counsel for Access Business Group, LLC in obtaining summary judgment in disability, FMLA and retaliation case; reported at 2011 WL 3758726
  • Co-Counsel for The Dow Chemical Company in obtaining summary judgment in breach of contract and retaliation case; affirmed by the Michigan Court of Appeals
  • Co-Counsel for The Dow Chemical Company in obtaining summary judgment in age discrimination case
  • Co-Counsel for The Dow Chemical Company in obtaining summary judgment in FMLA retaliation case
  • Co-Counsel for large Michigan utility company in obtaining summary judgment in gender and age discrimination case
  • Co-Counsel for large Michigan manufacturing company in obtaining summary judgment in workers' compensation retaliation case
  • Co-Counsel for large manufacturer in obtaining denial of class certification in action under the employee background check rules of the Fair Credit Reporting Act
  • Co-Counsel for large hospital in obtaining summary disposition of claims under Whistleblower Protection Act and alleged violation of public policy
Antitrust
  • Counsel to large manufacturer in ongoing multi-national antitrust investigation
  • Counsel in providing antitrust training

Honors & Awards

  • Selected as one of the Grand Rapids Business Journal’s 40 Under Forty, 2018
  • Named as a Michigan Super Lawyer Rising Star, 2010-Present
  • Named "Up and Coming Lawyer" for 2015 by Michigan Lawyers Weekly
  • Executive Editor, Michigan State Law Review

Leadership

Professional Affiliations

  • Gerald R. Ford American Inn of Court
    Board of Directors (2012-15)
  • Association for Human Resource Management
  • 2015 MISHRM Conference Committee, Chair

Community Affiliations

  • Kids' Food Basket
    Co-Chair, Construction Committee (2018-Present)
  • Solutions to End Exploitation
    Board of Directors
  • Inner City Christian Federation
    Advisory Council (2017)
  • Children's Advocacy Center
    Fund Development Committee
  • Leadership West Michigan
    Class of 2015, Graduate
  • Children's Assessment Center
    Chair, Facilities Committee (2010-13); Board of Directors (2009-13)
  • Inforum - a Professional Women's Alliance
    Member (2008-Present)

Speaking Engagements

  • "Leave Issues," Warner Human Resources Seminar, May 7, 2019, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • "Labor Laws in Other States," Warner Human Resources Seminar, May 23, 2017, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • "Managing an Evolving Workforce" and "Wage/Hour and FLSA Issues," Warner Labor & Benefits Executive Panel, November 2, 2016, Novi, Michigan
  • "Changes are A Comin'!—FLSA Basics and the New 'White Collar' Rules," Warner Human Resources Seminar, June 9, 2016, Grand Rapids, 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 Seminar, October 7, 2015, Midland, Michigan
  • "Anatomy of a Discharge Case, Best Practices in HR Litigation," Mid-Michigan and Cadillac Area Human Resources Association, September 15, 2015, Clare, Michigan
  • "Hot Topics in Labor and Employment" and "Employment Litigation Update," Warner Human Resources Seminar, April 20, 2015, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Labor and Employment Panel, Labor and Benefits Executive Panel-Government Enforcement Initiatives, September 23, 2014, Midland, Michigan
  • "The Flip Side," Warner Human Resources Seminar, April 22, 2014, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • "The Challenges of FMLA and ADA," Warner Human Resources Seminar, April 29, 2013, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • "Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation," Warner Human Resources Seminar, May 2, 2012, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • "FMLA/ADA Update" and "Whistleblower/Retaliation," Warner Human Resources Seminar, May 25, 2011, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Testimonials


“Amanda (Fielder) is a great labor attorney. She is very knowledgeable of the law, she keeps us informed every step of the way when we are involved in litigation, and she makes an uncomfortable situation – trying a labor dispute in court – seem very comfortable. She gives us peace of mind. Amanda also understands our corporate culture and perspective on labor issues, works hard to meet our needs and gets the best results for our company. On top of all that, she has educated our management team on labor issues so that we can avoid problems in the future.” - Human resources and safety manager at an industrial supply firm
 
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I’ve worked with Amanda on EEOC responses and find her to be very responsive and thorough. Right from the start, she asks all the right questions to learn everything that’s needed to prepare an appropriate response. I definitely suggest that others chose Amanda because she’s always spot-on, whether she’s providing a quick opinion, assessment or a response plan to guide us.” – Susan Mason, Human Resources Manager, The PIC Group
 

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