Shannon V. Loverich
Ms. Loverich has provided counseling and litigation support for Fortune 500 and many smaller organizations in the automotive, retail, marketing, and other industries. She has provided preventive employment counseling and defended clients in matters involving the full spectrum of employment claims, including discrimination, harassment, retaliation, workplace torts, and breach of contract. She also counsels employers on developing and implementing employment policies and procedures that enhance employee relations and minimize the risk of lawsuits.
Prior to joining the firm’s predecessor, Kienbaum Opperwall Hardy & Pelton, in January 2001, Ms. Loverich managed a Human Resources team for a Fortune 500 company that was responsible for a 1000-employee manufacturing organization. She has first-hand experience with many of the daily processes and issues facing today’s HR professionals (e.g., compensation, succession planning, performance management, hiring and recruiting, employee counseling, disability and other leaves, and transition planning for reducing old or staffing new facilities).
Ms. Loverich also worked as an in-house employment attorney at an automotive company, where she represented the enterprise and its employees in state and federal courts, and provided preventive counseling on various employment matters such as employee terminations and discipline.
Ms. Loverich graduated cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School in 1995. She graduated with honors from Michigan State University in 1991 with a degree in Materials and Logistics Management.
- Conducting sexual harassment and other investigations of employee misconduct.
- Preparing and negotiating executive employment contracts, separation and severance agreements, releases of claims, and non-compete agreements.
- Preparing employee handbooks, agreements, policies, and similar materials for start-ups and other small companies on employment-related topics including performance management, leave, social media use, drug testing, and wage and hour matters.
- Successfully defending and representing clients, efficiently and cost-effectively, in administrative proceedings before federal and state governmental agencies.
- Being a member of the litigation team that defeated class certification concerning wage and hour claims for a national retailer and age- and race-based claims for an automotive company.
- Obtaining summary judgment for an international cosmetics company in a sexual harassment and retaliation case brought by a terminated employee.
- Obtaining dismissal of a multi-plaintiff national origin failure-to-hire discrimination case based on an alleged connection to terrorist attacks.
- Conducting an investigation into race and age discrimination complaints by a high-level executive at large automotive supplier.
- Preparing responses and securing dismissal of EEOC and DOL charges for a number of employers in different industries.
- Obtaining summary judgment for a health care services company in a gender discrimination lawsuit brought by a terminated employee involved in an altercation with a coworker.
- Obtaining summary judgment for an automotive employer in a case brought by a former employee alleging ERISA violations and state law claims relative to her termination.
- Preparing successful interlocutory appeal briefs for a large retailer in cases alleging race and gender discrimination and retaliation.
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
- Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association
- State Bar of Michigan