Jan represents employers and other defendants in employment, professional liability, and general liability actions. Her employment defense practice encompasses both private and public sector employee claims (including claims arising from municipal and school employment) in state and federal court. She also represents employers in administrative proceedings before the EEOC, Michigan Department of Civil Rights and Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency. Representing municipalities in matters including civil rights claims is another segment of Jan’s practice. Defending social services agencies which operate state-licensed programs, including residential facilities, has also comprised an ongoing aspect of Jan’s defense work. Jan has successfully tried many employment, general liability, and municipal liability cases in state and federal court. She has also prevailed on numerous dispositive motions over her years of practice.
Ledgerwood v National Amusements, 625 F. Supp 2nd 466 (E.D. MI 2007) (summary judgment granted in age discrimination case)
Turner v Munk, 2006 Mich App LEXIS 3459 (summary disposition affirmed in public policy wrongful discharge case)
Crook v Detroit Health Corporation, 17 Am. Disabilities Cas. (BNA) 1422 (2006) (summary judgment granted in ADA and Michigan disability discrimination case)
Pistorio v. Warner Electric, 2005 Mich App LEXIS 2363 (summary disposition affirmed on age discrimination claim)
Nichols v. All Points Transport, 364 F. Supp. 2d 621 (ED Mich 2005) (summary judgment granted on FMLA claim because statutory definition of employer not satisfied – evidence revealed truck drivers were independent contractors)
Baum v Springport Telephone Company, 2002 WL 551094 (Mich App) (summary disposition affirmed on claims of marital discrimination, defamation and invasion of privacy)
Publications & Speaking Engagements
Michigan editor for DRI’s 2011 and 2006 Employment Law: A State-by-State Compendium
Author of Quick Reference to the 2008/2009 FMLA Amendments for Employers
Jan has lectured on a variety of topics, including employment law, civil rights law and civil litigation as well as conducting EEO training for employers.
Janice Hildenbrand has authored a summary of the significant amendments to the Family and Medical Leave Act – Quick Reference to the 2008/2009 FMLA Amendments for Employers addressing Military Family Leave and changes to basic FMLA.