Bio

Sydney R. Puricelli is a senior attorney in the firm's Bloomfield Hills office who provides counsel and representation exclusively to employers in the areas of labor law and employment liability.

Working for more than 15 years in the public and private sectors, Ms. Puricelli has extensive experience resolving litigation involving alleged workplace violence, sexual harassment, wrongful termination and whistleblower claims. Her labor law practice includes expertise in various areas of labor dispute resolution, contract negotiations, grievance resolution and labor arbitration proceedings.

Ms. Puricelli's public sector work includes several years of service as assistant corporation counsel in the City of Detroit Law Department's Labor & Employment Section and as a 2nd Deputy Commissioner of the Detroit Fire Department, where she developed particular expertise working with the city's fire, police and EMS unions.

Representative Client Work

  • Lead counsel in numerous matters, including traditional labor arbitrations, hearings before the Michigan Employment Relations Commission and litigated civil cases on behalf of the management of the police, fire and administration of a large municipality 
  • Negotiated employment disputes with labor union officials
  • Lead department representative and advisor for fire and EMS union contract negotiations
  • Conducted investigations into employee violations of workplace conduct and sexual harassment policies
  • Represented police management in suspension without pay and sick versus disabled cases

Professional Affiliations

  • Straker Bar Association (Board of Directors, 2007 - 2009)
  • Oakland County Bar Association (Legislative Liaison for the Employment Law Committee, 2003 - 2005; Inns of Court, Associate/Barrister, 2008 - 2011)
  • State Bar of Michigan

Certification

  •  Emergency Medical Technician

Lectures and Publications

  • "Detroit’s Efforts to Improve EMS Response Includes Dual-Role Fire/EMS," Journal of Emergency Medical Services, Vol. 41, p. 42-47, January 2016

  • "Second Chairing Effectively, Inter Alia, Among Other Things," State Bar of Michigan, Young Lawyers’ Section, p. 2-3, Fall 2007

  • Fair Labor Standards Act in Michigan, Lorman Faculty Member, November 2004

  • "The New FLSA Overtime Regulations: What They Mean for Employers," Labor and Employment Lawnotes, Vol. 14, No. 2, p. 9-10, Summer 2004

  • "Who are you Hiring? A Discussion About Increased Workplace Violence and the Legal Implications for Employers," Labor and Employment Lawnotes, Vol. 13, No. 3, p. 6-7, Fall 2003

  • "Employment Rights of Employees Called to Active Military Duty," Labor and Employment Lawnotes, Vol. 13, No. 1, p. 9, Spring 2003

Credentials

Education

  • Wayne State University Law School, L.LM, 2009
  • Wayne State University Law School, J.D., 2002
  • University of Michigan, B.M.A, 1999

Admissions

  • Michigan, 2002
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, 2002
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan, 2004
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit, 2005
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