Danielle Lester is a senior associate in the Workplace Law Practice Group. She concentrates her practice in labor and employment law, exclusively representing management in the private and public sectors.
She has extensive experience representing employers in unfair labor practice charges before the National Labor Relations Board, negotiating union contracts, advocating for employers in arbitrations, and advising employers on many day-to-day labor issues. She also has substantial experience in training employers on collective bargaining rights and obligations, such as union requests for information, disciplinary issues, and union security clauses. Drawing from her prior experience, Ms. Lester is particularly apt at maximizing solutions that protect business interests and labor relationships.
Ms. Lester also represents employers in litigation filed in both state and federal courts, as well as in administrative proceedings before tribunals such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Michigan Department of Civil Rights, and the Ohio Civil Rights Commission. In addition to counseling employers on various employment matters, such as compliance with the Family and Medical Leave Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act, Ms. Lester has drafted and reviewed workplace rules, personnel policies, and employee handbooks.
Ms. Lester has been selected for listing Michigan Rising Stars 2017 under Employment & Labor. Before joining Bodman, Ms. Lester worked on the labor relations staff of a large automotive company where she had responsibility for, among other things, National Labor Relations Board matters, arbitrations, and contract negotiations.
Ms. Lester currently serves as a Council member of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan.
Honors, Awards, and Recognition
- Michigan Rising Stars 2017, Employment & Labor
- State Bar of Michigan
- Labor and Employment Law Section, Council Member, 2016-present
- “Clearing the Muddy Water: Helping Employers Navigate and Understand Union Requests for Information,” Laches, The Official Publication of the Oakland County Bar Association, No. 571 (Sept. 2014)
- Co-Author, “Demystifying the Complexities of ERISA Claims Litigation,” 92 Michigan Bar Journal 29 (Jan. 2013)
- Co-Author, “An ERISA Section 510 Primer: What Attorneys Should Know,” Laches, The Official Publication of the Oakland County Bar Association, No. 544 (Jan. 2012)
- “Recurring Concerns in Arbitration Proceedings: Examining the Contours of Arbitral Subpoenas Issued to Nonparty Witnesses,” 87 Univ. Of Detroit Mercy Law Review 315 (Spring 2010)
- “Cost-Saving Measures that Could End Up Costing More: Strategies Employers Should Consider Before Implementing a Force Reduction,” 89 Michigan Bar Journal 28 (Mar. 2010)
- “Thought Before Action: Four Key Factors Employers Should Consider Prior to Drafting a Written Policy on Workplace Violence,” Laches, The Official Publication of the Oakland County Bar Association, No. 520 (Aug. 2009)
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- 10/19/2017WORKPLACE LAW LOWDOWN | Employers Should Exercise Caution When Producing Employee Information
- 10/19/2017WORKPLACE LAW LOWDOWN | Failure to Accommodate a Breastfeeding Mother is Sex Discrimination
- 10/04/2017WORKPLACE LAW LOWDOWN | Seventh Circuit: ADA Is Not a Medical Leave Entitlement
- University of Maryland School of Law, J.D.
- Michigan State University, M.B.A.
- University of Michigan, B.A., with distinction
- State Bar of Michigan