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 focused his practice on employment litigation, E&O litigation involving professionals, labor matters, counseling on behalf of employers and commercial litigation. Mr. Cattel serves as a court appointed Case Evaluator in Macomb County Circuit Court and as a mediator/facilitator for private parties in employment litigation.
Significant published legal precedent Mr. Cattel established in Michigan involve an employer’s ability to require employees to file claims within a shortened period of limitations (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 MRE 407 (Jernigan v. General Motors Corp., 180 Mich. App. 575; 447 N.W.2d 822 (1989).