Maxine Graff Goodman

CONTACT:

          T:  248.788.2700

          C:  248.891.7820

          F:  248.928.1102

          E:  mgoodman@thegoodmanlawgroup.com

BAR ADMISSIONS:

          State Bar of Michigan

          U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan

PRIOR EXPERIENCE:

          Maxine Graff Goodman, P.C.

          Daimler Chrysler

          General Motors Corporation

EDUCATION:

          Wayne State University Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1979

          University of Michigan, B.G.S. with high distinction (Urban Studies), 1976

PRACTICE AREAS:

          Labor and Employment Law

          Alternative Dispute Resolution

BIOGRAPHY:

Since her admission to the Michigan bar in 1979, Maxine has dedicated her legal career to the representation of employers in labor and employment matters.  Upon graduation from law school, she joined the legal staff of General Motors Corporation.  While at General Motors, she assumed responsibility for the NLRB docket, provided representation in administrative agency and litigation matters involving discrimination and wrongful discharge claims,  and advised corporate staffs on policy matters relative to employees, contract negotiations and unionization campaigns.

After a short stint in private practice, where she represented hospitals, public sector employers and privately held companies, Maxine formed her own firm providing labor and employment legal services to area law firms, corporations and the State of Michigan.  During this time, she was appointed to serve as an interim member of the Workers Compensation Appeal Board.  Ultimately, she was retained by Chrysler Corporation’s legal department as “captive counsel” in its labor and employment group.

At Chrysler, Maxine worked closely with senior management and front-line supervisors identifying, troubleshooting and resolving labor and employment issues.  She successfully arbitrated and mediated numerous labor law and civil rights claims; litigated in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies; advised on all aspects of workplace law, including state and federal civil rights claims, wrongful discharge, Whistleblowers Protection Act, ERISA, FLSA, FMLA, NLRA, ADA and HIPAA; consulted on collective bargaining issues (at the local and national level); established policies, processes and procedures related to employment practices; drafted employment documents; developed and implemented an alternative dispute resolution process for non-union employees; and assisted in the development of corporate guidelines for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Maxine has trained corporate personnel on matters related to diversity, harassment, discrimination, FMLA and ADA, and has lectured on litigation avoidance strategies.  Since co-founding TGLG in 2008, she has continued to focus her practice on the representation of employers, assisting her clients in managing the labor and employment issues that arise daily within the workplace and on special projects.  Today, much of Maxine’s practice is dedicated to the challenges faced by employers in the ever-changing landscape of employment law, including the proper classification of employees under the FLSA; the use of background checks; social media and privacy issues; work-from-home and contract employees; and compliance with the panoply of federal and state laws that affect the workplace.

In addition to her work as an attorney, Maxine has taught at Oakland Community College and Eastern Michigan University.  She is also a trained Certified Civil Mediator and assists employers in establishing alternative dispute resolution processes.

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