Janice G. Hildenbrand

Janice G. Hildenbrand
Of Counsel

Janice G. Hildenbrand

Of Counsel

Janice G. Hildenbrand


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.


  • University of Georgia (J.D. 1976)
  • Emory University (B.A. 1973)
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Georgia
Professional Activities
  • State Bar of Michigan
    • Labor and Employment Section
    • Negligence Section
  • State Bar of Georgia
    • Labor & Employment Law Section
    • Insurance Law Section
  • Super Lawyers™
    • Employment Litigation (2006, 2008-2015)
  • DBusiness® Top Lawyer
    • Labor and Employment Law (2013)
    • Professional Liability (2010)
  • Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent Rated (5.0 out of 5.0)
Prominent Outcomes

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.

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