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Courtney L. Nichols

Partner

  • Licensed Since: 2011
  • Joined Firm: 2010
38505 Woodward Ave.
Suite 100
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304
TEL: (248) 594-6360
FAX: (248) 901-4040
Areas of Practice
Honors & Awards
  • Michigan Super Lawyer Rising Star in Employment & Labor; Michigan Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters publication, 2016 - 2018
  • "Up & Coming Lawyer" Award, Michigan Lawyers Weekly, 2015
  • Moot Court Honor Society
  • CALI Award, Product Liability
  • Merit Scholarship
Education
  • Chicago-Kent College of Law, Cum Laude, J.D., 2011
  • Michigan State University, James Madison College, B.A., 2008
Bar & Court Admissions
  • Michigan, 2011
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, 2011
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan, 2011

A member of the firm's Bloomfield Hills office, Courtney L. Nichols serves as Co-Leader of Plunkett Cooney's Labor and Employment Law Practice Group.

Ms. Nichols focuses her litigation practice in the area of employment law, including discrimination, retaliation, and civil rights claims brought under state and federal statutes. She also provides counsel to employers of all sizes regarding complicated employment and labor issues prior to litigation, including compliance with the ADA, FMLA, and FLSA. Ms. Nichols frequently represents clients in drafting and enforcing contractual agreements, including covenants not to compete and severance agreements involving executives.

In addition, Ms. Nichols advises institutions of higher education with respect to Title IX claims on campus, including providing training, counsel and advice to administrators and staff on investigating and adjudicating such claims.

Representative Client Work

  • Successfully obtained a no cause verdict on negligence matter on behalf of major regional retailer
  • Represents employers in class action litigation involving the Fair Labor Standards Act
  • Counsels clients through union-related issues including, grievances, negotiations and arbitration
  • Advises clients on an array of employment issues, including hiring, firing, employee investigations and discipline
  • Defends charges filed against employers with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Michigan Department of Civil Rights
  • Obtained favorable rulings and/or dismissals in several premises liability matters on behalf of national retail clients
  • Successfully drafted and argued several motions for summary disposition in state court and summary judgment in federal court involving claims asserting violations of federal and state employment statutes, including Title VII, ELCRA, ADA, FMLA and Michigan's Whistleblowers' Protection Act

Publications and Lectures

  • Regularly provides training for clients on discrimination, harassment and accommodation issues

Speaking Engagements

  • “The Year in Review: Critical Decisions from Local, State, and Federal Courts and the U.S. Supreme Court Impacting Public Employers,”Michigan Public Employers Labor Relations Association’s Annual Conference, Presenter, Shanty Creek Resort, Sept. 13, 2018
  • "Terminate an Employee" ICLE On-Demand Webcast, Co-presenter, August 1, 2018
  • “Best Practices for Employee Mobile Data Management (and Why Most Bring Your Own Device Policies Fail)," Ohio State Bar Association's Advanced Employment Law Seminar, Presenter, May 24, 2018
  • "Provocative Social Issues: Gender Identity, Activism and Hate Speech," Michigan Independent Colleges & Universities Workshop, Co-presenter, U Club, Lansing, MI, May 1, 2018
  • “Hot legal issues and Title IX," MAISL Trust & Fund Meeting, Co-presenter, Inn at St. Johns & Conference Center, Plymouth, MI, May 10, 2018
  • "A Day in the Life: Solving Real HR Problems" seminar, Michigan Chamber of Commerce, Presenter, Lansing, Jan. 17, 2018
  • “Leaders and Innovators” series hosted by WWJ News Radio 950 AM, Panelist: Sexual Harassment in the Workplace, Southfield, Nov. 16, 2017
  • "Things That go Bump in the Workplace - A Survivor's Guide to Employment Nightmares," Plunkett Cooney's Labor & Employment Law Practice Group seminar, Oct. 27, 2017
  • “Harassment in the Workplace Will You Know if You See It?," Michigan Chamber of Commerce, Presenter, Grand Rapids, Aug. 9, 2017
  • ALFA International’s Labor & Employment Practice Group, Presenter,  Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe, Truckee, California, July 26, 2017
  • "HR for Small Businesses: 2016 Employment Law Update," Presenter, Michigan Chamber of Commerce, Sept. 7, 2016
  • “FLSA Status Check: Regulation Revisions, Notable Court Rulings & Other Hot Topics," Plunkett Cooney’s Sophisticate Employer Webinar Series, Presenter, June 8, 2017
  • “Social Media & HR: How to Utilize it Effectively & Avoid Risk," Michigan Chamber of Commerce, Presenter, June 16, 2016
  • 2016 ALFA International - Eastern Great Lakes Regional Seminar, Program Chair, Westin Book Cadillac, Detroit, April 14 – 15, 2016
  • "Pregnancy Discrimination and the Intersection of the ADA/FMLA," ACI EPLI presentation, Presenter, New York City, January 2016
  • "Clueless - The Cost & Consequence of Untrained Management, Plunkett Cooney's Labor & Employment Law Practice Group seminar, Presenter, May 2015
  • Making Your Case: Mastering the Ever-Changing Role of Technology in Your Practice
  • "Sexual Harassment, Lies and Social Media, Plunkett Cooney's Labor & Employment Law Practice Group mock trial and client seminar, presenter, November 2011

Professional Affiliations

  • Oakland County Bar Association
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Defense Research Institute 
  • ALFA International (Labor & Employment Law Practice Group)

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