Martin C. Brook

Shareholder || Detroit (Metro)

Martin Brook focuses his practice on representation of employers before state and federal courts and administrative agencies and advising employers on litigation avoidance and positive employee relations. Additionally, Martin’s practice regularly involves representing and advising employers regarding payroll compliance issues which include, for example, wage garnishments, voluntary wage assignments, other wage attachments as well as electronic pay and tax protestors issues.

Martin has developed business-minded solutions for complex employment challenges with the aim of risk management and litigation avoidance. He developed, implemented and/or managed various labor relations programs and human resources programs. This includes voluntary and involuntary reduction-in-force programs, employment-related due diligence, contract negotiations and grievance administration, responses to multiple union organizing campaigns, internal wage and hour audits, user and provider co-employment and independent contractor issues, OFCCP compliance programs and audit responses, in-bound and out-bound restrictive covenant matters, payroll and attachment/garnishment compliance programs and employment policies and procedures and training programs.

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Martin has extensive litigation/arbitration experience defending employers in discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wage and hour and WARN Act matters. He has also successfully defended and enforced non-compete agreements. Martin has also been first and second chair in numerous labor negotiations and labor arbitrations.

Martin has worked six years as Corporate Counsel to a large office furniture manufacturer and a large staffing company responsible for employment and benefits law.

Law is Martin’s second career. During his first career, Martin worked as a Human Resources professional in the chemical and automotive industries at the plant level in both the United States and Canada. During this time he was responsible for union and employee relations, college recruiting programs, OFCCP compliance, and safety programs.

Education

  • J.D., cum laude, University of Michigan, 1996
  • Masters of Labor and Industrial Relations, Michigan State University, 1988
  • B.A., Michigan State University, 1987

Admittance to Practice

  • Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Michigan

Professional Activities

  • State Bar of Michigan
  • American Bar Association
  • Trustee – Alumni Board of Directors – School of Labor and Industrial Relations 2006 to 2011 – Michigan State University
  • Trustee – Bloomfield Hills Schools Board of Education 2005-2011 (served one term as President and two terms as Vice President of the Board)
  • American Payroll Association (PayTech Magazine Board of Contributing Writers and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Creditor Garnishments)
  • Author, O-D Comply Products

Speeches

  • American Payroll Association Congress - "Pay Another Day" - National Harbor - May 2018
  • American Payroll Association Annual Congress - "Voluntary Wage Assignments – Law and Practice" - Orlando - May 16, 2017
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - "No Sharing Allowed! Federal Agencies Focus on Pay Data and Non-Poaching Agreements" - San Diego - May 5, 2017
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - "Garnishments and Other Wage Attachments: Answering, Administering, and Troubleshooting" - Phoenix - April 11, 2017
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - "Garnishments and Other Wage Attachments: Answering, Administering, and Troubleshooting" - Troy - February 9, 2017
  • Ogletree Deakins Briefing - "2016 Legal Update for Michigan Employers" - Birmingham - October 27, 2016
  • APA Michigan Statewide Conference - "All Things Wage Attachment" - Battle Creek - October 20, 2016
  • APA Midwest Conference - "Voluntary Wage Assignments - Law and Practice" - Kansas City - October 7, 2016
  • ACC - "Protecting Your Company's Proprietary Information" - Birmingham - October 6, 2016
  • Michigan Chamber of Commerce - "Michigan Chamber of Commerce Garnishment Symposium" - Lansing - September 29, 2016
  • American Payroll Association’s Annual Congress - "Voluntary Wage Assignments – Law & Practice" - Nashville - May 9 - 11, 2016
  • Ogletree Deakins Briefing - "Legal Update for Michigan Employers" - Birmingham - April 28, 2016
  • ICLE Webcast - "Garnishments and Executions" - February 2, 2016
  • American Payroll Association - "Michigan Garnishment Reform" - Battle Creek - October 22, 2015
  • Michigan Chamber of Commerce Webinar - "Wage Garnishments: New Amendments Effective September 2015" - October 7, 2015
  • Michigan Senate House of Representatives - "Comprehensive Wage Garnishment Reform Bills (HB 4119 and HB 4120)" - Lansing - March 4, 2015
  • Michigan Senate House of Representatives - "Comprehensive Wage Garnishment Reform Bills (HB 4119 and HB 4120)" - Lansing - February 3, 2015
  • Michigan Senate House of Representatives - "Comprehensive Wage Garnishment Reform Bills (HB 5390 and HB 5391)" - Lansing - October 22, 2014
  • Ogletree Deakins Briefing - "Electronic Payment of Wages: Collar Your Wage Payment Risks Before They Bite You" - Birmingham - October 2, 2014
  • Michigan State House of Representatives - "Comprehensive Wage Garnishment Reform Bills (HB 5390 and HB 5391)" - Lansing - June 4, 2014
  • American Payroll Association's Annual National Congress - "Voluntary Wage Assignments - Law & Practice" - Minneapolis - May 13, 2014
  • American Payroll Conference Michigan Statewide Conference - "Garnishment Compliance for the Multi-State Employer: From the Simple to the Sublime" - Grand Rapids - October 24, 2013
  • American Payroll Conference Ohio Statewide Conference - "Technology - Payroll & Law" - Columbus - October 17, 2013
  • American Payroll Association - "Garnishment Compliance for the Multi-State Employer" - Toledo - May 16, 2013
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - "I Want a Piece of Your Paycheck: Garnishment Compliance for The Multi-State Employer" - New Orleans - May 10, 2013
  • Ogletree Deakins Briefing - "Hiring Again? Watch for Risks From Restrictive Covenants" - Birmingham - April 11, 2013
  • Ogletree Deakins Briefing - "Pure Michigan - Exploring Our Unique Employment Law Landscape" - Birmingham - April 19, 2012
  • Ogletree Deakins Briefing - "Preventive Strategies to Enhance Wage and Hour Compliance" - Troy - April 7, 2011
  • Ogletree Deakins Briefing - "Writs for Garnishments In Michigan" - Birmingham - October 14, 2010
  • Ogletree Deakins Breakfast Briefing - "The US Supreme Court and You" - Troy - October 22, 2009
  • Ogletree Deakins Breakfast Briefing - "Top 10 Things That Will Get You Sued in 2009" - Troy - November 18, 2008
  • December 2018 - PAYTECH - "Prevent Theft of Pay by Fraud in the Digital Age"
  • December 2017 - PAYTECH - "When the IRS Calls About Tax Fraud Lawyer Up"
  • January 2017 - PAYTECH - "Antitrust Laws Apply to Marketplace for Employees"
  • February 2014 - PAYTECH - The Official Publication of the American Payroll Association - "'Order for Voluntary Wage Assignment' What an Oxymoron"
  • January 16, 2014 - SHRM.org - "The Perils of Ignoring Wage Garnishment Orders"
  • July 2013 - PAYTECH - The Official Publication of the American Payroll Association - "Enhance Your Company's FLSA Compliance"
  • April 2013 - PAYTECH - The Official Publication of the American Payroll Association - "Garnishments: Know Your Risks as an Employer"
  • March 2013 - PAYTECH - The Official Publication of the American Payroll Association - "E-Verify Reach, Regulations Continue to Expand"
  • April 2012 - PAYTECH - The Official Publication of the American Payroll Association - "Corporate Garnishees And The Unauthorized Practice Of Law"
  • February 2012 - PAYTECH - The Official Publication of the American Payroll Association - "USERRA's Uniqueness - Provides Extra Protection for Uniformed Service Members"
  • July 2011 - Michigan Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE) - "Assist An Employer With Administering A Garnishment"
  • Summer 2011 - The Michigan Business Law Journal - "Garnishments: The Growing Menace For Michigan Employers"
  • 1999 - Employee Relations Law Journal - "What Happens When the WARN Act and Bankruptcy Code Converge"
  • May 31, 2018 - The Blade - "Martin Brook could change the race without winning seat in Washington"
  • May 16, 2018 - Bloomberg Law - "State Compliance Muddled for Wage Assignments, Candidate Says"
  • April 29, 2015 - Michigan Lawyers Weekly - "New garnishment laws target employers"
  • Best Lawyers Award Badge
  • Best Lawyers in America (2012 – present)
  • Leading Lawyer
  • Top Lawyer by DBusiness magazine
  • Citation of Merit, American Payroll Association (2012 – 2017)
  • Recipient of the Meritorious Award by the American Payroll Association (2016, 2017)
  • American Payroll Association’s Payroll Hall of Fame (2016)

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