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Amanda
Fielder

  • Partner

Every corporate institution has a personality, a heartbeat and an underlying mission that make them who they are; this is often forgotten in the heat of a legal battle. I consider it my mission to defend these characteristics, core values, morals and policies that further our clients’ goals to create workplaces that are friendly to everyone. Perhaps above all, I pride myself on building lasting relationships and collaborating with clients to tailor solutions just for them. Beyond mere risk assessment and litigation prowess, I offer them the practical, actionable advice that makes their businesses better and stronger.

Amanda Fielder fiercely defends employer values and interests in disputes, wherever in the U.S. her clients may have facilities and employees. While her practice encompasses most industries, she has particular strengths in such sectors as manufacturing, automotive supply, financial and professional services, and academia.

Amanda has extensive litigation experience at every stage of the litigation process in federal and state courts throughout the United States. Some of her experience includes:

Employment Law Experience

  • Lead Counsel for MidMichigan Health obtaining summary disposition in age discrimination in retaliation claim.
  • Lead Counsel for MidMichigan Health obtaining summary judgment in FLSA claim.
  • Lead Counsel for MidMichigan Health obtaining summary judgment in gender discrimination and workers’ compensation retaliation case.
  • Counsel for The Dow Chemical Company obtaining no-cause jury verdict after five-day trial in Whistleblower Protection Act and Michigan Public Policy case.
  • Co-Counsel for large manufacturer obtain

Amanda has extensive litigation experience at every stage of the litigation process in federal and state courts throughout the United States. Some of her experience includes:

Employment Law Experience

  • Lead Counsel for MidMichigan Health obtaining summary disposition in age discrimination in retaliation claim.
  • Lead Counsel for MidMichigan Health obtaining summary judgment in FLSA claim.
  • Lead Counsel for MidMichigan Health obtaining summary judgment in gender discrimination and workers’ compensation retaliation case.
  • Counsel for The Dow Chemical Company obtaining no-cause jury verdict after five-day trial in Whistleblower Protection Act and Michigan Public Policy case.
  • Co-Counsel for large manufacturer obtaining summary judgment in Whistleblowers Protection Act and public policy case, affirmed by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • 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.

Class Action Defense

  • 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 manufacturer 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 manufacturer in obtaining denial of class certification and summary judgment in FLSA unpaid wages claim.
  • Co-Counsel for educational institution in FLSA unpaid wages dispute.

Supply Chain Litigation

  • Co-Counsel to manufacturer in breach of contract supply chain dispute.
  • Co-Counsel to large manufacturer in multi-national antitrust and supplier dispute.
  • “AG Clergy Investigations,” 16th Annual Child and Youth Protection Catholic Leadership Conference, June 8, 2022, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Warner Virtual Automotive Executive Roundtable Series: HR Challenges and Issues,” Warner Webinar, June 16, 2021
  • Managing Your Risk of COVID-19 Employment Litigation,” Warner Webinar, November 20, 2020
  • COVID-19 Safeguards for Staying Back at Work and Avoiding Litigation,” OESA Webinar, August 18, 2020
  • “COVID-19 Safeguard Requirements for Your Workplace,” ACC Webinar, July 23, 2020
  • Employment Litigation After COVID-19,” Warner Webinar, May 6, 2020
  • Returning to Work After COVID-19,” Warner Webinar, April 27, 2020
  • “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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Amanda
Fielder

  • Partner
Grand Rapids

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Every corporate institution has a personality, a heartbeat and an underlying mission that make them who they are; this is often forgotten in the heat of a legal battle. I consider it my mission to defend these characteristics, core values, morals and policies that further our clients’ goals to create workplaces that are friendly to everyone. Perhaps above all, I pride myself on building lasting relationships and collaborating with clients to tailor solutions just for them. Beyond mere risk assessment and litigation prowess, I offer them the practical, actionable advice that makes their businesses better and stronger.

Amanda Fielder fiercely defends employer values and interests in disputes, wherever in the U.S. her clients may have facilities and employees. While her practice encompasses most industries, she has particular strengths in such sectors as manufacturing, automotive supply, financial and professional services, and academia.

  • “AG Clergy Investigations,” 16th Annual Child and Youth Protection Catholic Leadership Conference, June 8, 2022, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Warner Virtual Automotive Executive Roundtable Series: HR Challenges and Issues,” Warner Webinar, June 16, 2021
  • Managing Your Risk of COVID-19 Employment Litigation,” Warner Webinar, November 20, 2020
  • COVID-19 Safeguards for Staying Back at Work and Avoiding Litigation,” OESA Webinar, August 18, 2020
  • “COVID-19 Safeguard Requirements for Your Workplace,” ACC Webinar, July 23, 2020
  • Employment Litigation After COVID-19,” Warner Webinar, May 6, 2020
  • Returning to Work After COVID-19,” Warner Webinar, April 27, 2020
  • “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
* * *
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