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Edward J. "Ed"
Bardelli

  • Partner

I genuinely care about my clients, and I feel that their problems and achievements are mine as well. When they’re facing a lawsuit, I first find out their goals. I'm very up front with them and always ensure that they’re satisfied with the direction we’re going. It’s very fulfilling to shrewdly and strategically position a case and then achieve the client’s desired outcome.

A vigorous advocate and tactical thinker, Ed Bardelli focuses his practice on 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 primarily serves Michigan clients that have a national presence. One client describes him this way: “Ed 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 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."

Client
  • Lead Counsel for The Dow Chemical Company.obtaining summary disposition in Michigan Persons with Disabilities Act and retaliation case (2020).
  • Lead Counsel for BorgWarner, Inc. obtaining dismissal on the pleadings in Michigan Public Policy, defamation and breach of contract case (2018); affirmed on appeal (2020).
  • 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</
  • Lead Counsel for The Dow Chemical Company.obtaining summary disposition in Michigan Persons with Disabilities Act and retaliation case (2020).
  • Lead Counsel for BorgWarner, Inc. obtaining dismissal on the pleadings in Michigan Public Policy, defamation and breach of contract case (2018); affirmed on appeal (2020).
  • 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; affirmed580 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.
  • Presenter, “The Great Resignation,” Warner 2022 HR Seminar In-Person Event, May 4, 2022, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Presenter, “Employment Law Issues for Marijuana Businesses: Top 10 Tips to Minimize Employment Risks,” Cannabis Law Seminar – Industry Insights and Trends From the Legal Perspective, September 30, 2021, Lansing, Michigan
  • Presenter, “COVID-19 Safeguards for Staying Back at Work and Avoiding Litigation,” OESA Webinar, August 18, 2020
  • Presenter, “COVID-19 Safeguard Requirements for Your Workplace,” ACC Webinar, July 23, 2020
  • Presenter, “Employment Litigation After COVID-19,” Warner Webinar, May 6, 2020
  • Presenter, “Returning to Work After COVID-19,” Warner Webinar, April 27, 2020
  • Presenter, “Reopening Michigan: Legal Issues to Consider,” Michigan Chamber of Commerce Webinar, April 24, 2020
  • Presenter, “Employment Law Update on Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) and New Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act,” Warner Webinar, March 31, 2020
  • 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 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 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 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 Human Resources Seminar, April 22, 2014, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • “HR and Benefits Executive Panel,” Warner Human Resources Seminar, October 9, 2013, Midland, Michigan
  • “Record Keeping and Retention,” Warner Human Resources Seminar, March 25, 2011, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • “Electronic Discovery and Document Retention,” Warner 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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Edward J. "Ed"
Bardelli

  • Partner
Grand Rapids

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I genuinely care about my clients, and I feel that their problems and achievements are mine as well. When they’re facing a lawsuit, I first find out their goals. I'm very up front with them and always ensure that they’re satisfied with the direction we’re going. It’s very fulfilling to shrewdly and strategically position a case and then achieve the client’s desired outcome.

A vigorous advocate and tactical thinker, Ed Bardelli focuses his practice on 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 primarily serves Michigan clients that have a national presence. One client describes him this way: “Ed 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 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."

Client
  • Presenter, “The Great Resignation,” Warner 2022 HR Seminar In-Person Event, May 4, 2022, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Presenter, “Employment Law Issues for Marijuana Businesses: Top 10 Tips to Minimize Employment Risks,” Cannabis Law Seminar – Industry Insights and Trends From the Legal Perspective, September 30, 2021, Lansing, Michigan
  • Presenter, “COVID-19 Safeguards for Staying Back at Work and Avoiding Litigation,” OESA Webinar, August 18, 2020
  • Presenter, “COVID-19 Safeguard Requirements for Your Workplace,” ACC Webinar, July 23, 2020
  • Presenter, “Employment Litigation After COVID-19,” Warner Webinar, May 6, 2020
  • Presenter, “Returning to Work After COVID-19,” Warner Webinar, April 27, 2020
  • Presenter, “Reopening Michigan: Legal Issues to Consider,” Michigan Chamber of Commerce Webinar, April 24, 2020
  • Presenter, “Employment Law Update on Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) and New Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act,” Warner Webinar, March 31, 2020
  • 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 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 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 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 Human Resources Seminar, April 22, 2014, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • “HR and Benefits Executive Panel,” Warner Human Resources Seminar, October 9, 2013, Midland, Michigan
  • “Record Keeping and Retention,” Warner Human Resources Seminar, March 25, 2011, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • “Electronic Discovery and Document Retention,” Warner Human Resources Seminar, May 10, 2007, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • “Establishing Your Data Retention Plan,” Electronic Discovery & Storage Seminar, March 6, 2007, Kalamazoo, Michigan