Before joining Ogletree Deakins, Mr. Cattel was one of the founding principals of Cattel, Tuyn & Rudzewicz, a Michigan employment and labor law firm created in 1999 which joined Ogletree Deakins in September 2007. Throughout his legal career Mr. Cattel has focused his practice on employment litigation, E&O litigation involving professionals, commercial litigation, labor matters and counseling on behalf of employers. Mr. Cattel is a regular lecturer on employment related topics and serves as a court appointed Case Evaluator in Macomb County Circuit Court and facilitator for private parties.
Significant published legal precedent Mr. Cattel has established in Michigan involve an employer’s ability to require employees to file claims within a shortened period of limitations as set forth in an application for employment (Clark v. DaimlerChrysler Corp., 268 Mich. App.138 ; 706 N.W.2d 471 (2005) ); that the statute of limitations on a hostile environment claim begins to run from when the facts giving rise to the claim occurred and not the termination of employment (Magee v. DaimlerChrysler Corp., 472 Mich. 108; 693 N.W.2d 166 (2005) ); changes in personnel policies can constitute a subsequent remedial measure precluding admission at trial under MRE 407 (Jernigan v. General Motors Corp., 180 Mich. App. 575; 447 N.W.2d 822 (1989).