Our Practice Areas

Labor, Employment & Dispute Resolution

Abbott Nicholson has extensive experience in responding to labor union organizing activities, providing assistance in collective bargaining, litigation of labor disputes, contract administration, grievance arbitration, counseling toward avoidance of employment discrimination issues, and defense of discrimination allegations.

In the practice of traditional labor law, our attorneys are experts in collective bargaining, grievance arbitration, labor contract administration, representational campaigns and elections, unfair labor practice proceedings, union avoidance campaigns, and strike and picketing matters.

Abbott Nicholson strives to deliver the best results for our clients through cost-effective and intelligent management of all matters. To keep our clients well informed on labor and employment law, we publish a bi-monthly newsletter titled Employment Law Briefing and provide custom, on-site employment law training.

Public Sector Labor Law

Our attorneys represent numerous municipalities in the negotiation and interpretation of their collective bargaining agreements. Specific expertise includes the negotiation of contracts covering police, fire and public safety employees and units consisting of command officers. Abbott Nicholson has represented some of the largest municipalities in Michigan in their Public Act 312 arbitrations and in litigation over pension and benefit plans.

Dispute Resolution

Our firm stands ready to provide service as arbitrators, mediators, and case facilitators to other law firms and their clients regarding a wide range of disputes. We are committed to exploring all forms of Alternative Dispute Resolution as a means of expeditiously and economically bringing business disputes to a final resolution. Whether through the use of arbitration, mediation, facilitation, or case evaluation, we recognize the benefits obtained by individuals, business, and public entities from early, final, and confidential resolutions of disputes.


Abbott Nicholson assertively responds to threatened or actual litigation. The firm emphasizes preventive measures through adequate counseling before implementing business or tax ventures, but if litigation occurs, the firm provides skillful and thorough representation of client interests. All levels of business, commercial, tax, insurance defense, divorce and bankruptcy litigation are pursued and defended.