Practice and Industry Groups

Thomas R. Paxton

Of Counsel Detroit (Metro)

Since 1984, Mr. Paxton has tried over thirty cases involving most aspects of employment including age, sex and race discrimination; medical leave and whistleblowers for employers, insurers, and municipalities.  He has appeared in federal and state trial and appellate courts on behalf of employers such as manufacturers, financial services industries, trial lawyers, judges, arbitrators, counties, cities, towns and townships.

Mr. Paxton also has extensive experience negotiating and administering labor agreements for private and public employers before arbitration panels, Michigan Employment Relations Commission, and the National Labor Relations Board.  He has presented before arbitrators, arbitration panels and administrative boards.  Mr. Paxton’s experience has made him a favored advisor to those employers who wish to adopt policies and implement practices that avoid litigation and effectively manage their employment relationships.


Experience

Mr. Paxton began representing large employers as a partner with Lewis White & Clay, such as Consolidated Rail Corporation, the City of Detroit, United American Healthcare, IDS financial Services (American Express).  He then joined Garan Lucow Miller P.C. where he tried jury cases for employers, including Guardian Alarm Co. of Michigan, Macomb County, Wayne County and Hampson Aerospace Industries.

Mr. Paxton has been invited to speak before a variety of organizations on employment law, including the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants and Michigan Association of Township Supervisors.  He is active in the State Bar of Michigan and American Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Sections.  He is a member of the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association where he has served as a master for the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association American Inns of Court.

Professional Activities and Speeches

Professional Activities:

  • Michigan State Bar Civil Rights Committee
  • Master Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association American Inns of Court

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