Education

  • Juris Doctor (J.D.), Wayne State University Law School
  • Masters of Science (M.S.), Communication and Rhetoric, Illinois State University
  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Communication, Bradley University

State Bar Admissions

      • Michigan  

          

Licensed to Practice In

  • Michigan
  • Eastern District of Michigan
  • Western District of Michigan
  • Northern District of Ohio
  • Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
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Terry W. Bonnette

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Partner
200 Talon Centre Drive
Suite 200
Detroit, Michigan 48207

T: (313) 567-5921
F: (313) 567-5928

Practice Overview

Mr. Bonnette focuses his practice on labor and employment counseling and litigation. He has counseled clients with respect to a wide range contract compliance and regulatory compliance issues, including, among others, FMLA, Wage and Hour, and the ADA. In addition, Mr. Bonnette has represented clients in litigation before state and federal courts, administrative agencies, and arbitrators.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Member, State Bar of Michigan, Labor and Employment Law Section and Alternative Dispute Resolution Section
  • Member, American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section and Litigation Section 
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Noted Presentations and Publications

Mr. Bonnette has presented, written, and co-authored articles on a number of topics, some highlights include:

  • "Technology & Communication: Legal Issues in Long-Term Care," HCAM/MCAL Spring Leadership Conference, March 2018
  • "Best Practices for Managing Competing 'Rights' in the Workplace," American Society of Employers, March 2018
  • “2018 Labor and Employment Law Update,” Nemeth Law’s Raising the Bar, January 2018
  • “Conducting Workplace Investigations,” Nemeth Law’s Raising the Bar, October 2017
  • “Social Media and Patients’ Rights,” Healthcare Association of Michigan, September 2017
  • “My Employees Won’t Work Saturdays, What Do I Do?,” American Society of Employers, August 2017
  • “He Said, She Said. Who is More Credible?,” Mid-Michigan Employment Law Workshop, June 2017
  • "Best Practices for Managing Competing 'Rights' in the Workplace," Nemeth Law's Raising the Bar, May 2017
  • “Making Credibility Determinations During Internal Investigations,” Institute of Continuing Legal Education, April 2017
  • “2017 Labor and Employment Law Update,” Nemeth Law’s Raising the Bar, January 2017
  • "Paying the Price For Employees Behaving Badly," Nemeth Law's Raising the Bar, October 2016
  • "He Said, She Said. Who is More Credible?," American Society of Employers, September 2016
  • "Intensive HR Labor and Employment Law Training Program," Nemeth Law Seminar, August 2016
  • "Inside the New Overtime Rules: Practical Guidelines for Employers," Nemeth Law's Webinar, June 2016
  • "Dealing with The Problem Employee," Nemeth Law's Raising the Bar, May 2016
  • "Hot Topics in Labor Law" and "Employer vs. Employee Side of Social Media Policy," HCAM/MCAL 2016 U.P. Education Conference, May 2016
  • "Ignorance is Not Bliss: Staying on Top of the Changing Legal Landscape," American Society of Employers, March 2016
  • "2016 Labor and Employment Law Update," Nemeth Law's Raising the Bar, January 2016
  • "Accommodating Pregnancy in the Long Term Care Environment," HCAM/MCAL Annual Convention, September 2015
  • "Hot Topics in Labor and Employment Law," LAHRA, September 2015
  • "Juggling the FMLA, PDA, ADA, Workers Comp, STD, LTD, and Your Handbook: Leave Policies That Work," Nemeth Law's Raising the Bar, May 2015
  • "Managing Religion In Long Term Care," HCAM/MCAL 2015 U.P. Education Conference, May 2015
  • “2015 Labor and Employment Law Update,” Nemeth Law’s Raising the Bar, January 2015
  • “Everything You’ve Ever Wanted to Ask a Lawyer but didn’t Want to Pay For,”  American Society of Employers, September 2014
  •  “So Your Employee is on the Sex Offender Registry,” American Society of Employers, September 2014
  •  “LGBT Discrimination in Long Term Healthcare,” Healthcare Association of Michigan, September 2014
  •  “Managing Religion in the Workplace: Tattoos, Body Piercings, Headwear,” Nemeth Law’s Raising the Bar, June 2014
  •  “Social Media: Employee Rights v. Residents’ Rights,” HCAM/MCAL 2014 U.P. Education Conference, May 2014
  •  “Hot Topics in Labor and Employment Law," LAHRA, May 2014
  • “Workplace Violence, Safety, and Security: Risk Assessment and Prevention,” Michigan HR Day, April 2014
  • "Workplace Violence, Safety, and Security: Risk Assessment and Prevention," Nemeth Law's Raising the Bar, September 2013
  • "FLSA/Wage and Hour Compliance," Sterling Education Services
  • "2013 Employment Law Update," Hylant Group
  • "2013 Labor and Employment Law Update," Nemeth Law's Raising the Bar
  • Co-authored, "Not Always Black and White," Michigan Lawyers Weekly
  • Co-authored, "Are Your Clients Prepared for a DOL Audit?," For The Defense (DRI)
  • “New Laws for 2012: Legislative Updates for Michigan,” DRI Employment Committee
  • “Pro Se Pro Ca: What to Expect When Litigating Against the Pro Se Plaintiff,” PLUS
  • “Trends in Wrongful Discharge and Retaliation Litigation,” ICLE
  • “Are you my Employer? Managing Contingent Workforce Issues,” MISHRM
  • “New Hires, Getting It Right from the Start,” and “If You’re Prepared to be Sued, You’re Less Likely to be Sued,” Employment Laws Made Simple, NBI
  • “2012 Labor and Employment Update,” AGIS
  •  “Social Networking Issues for the Public Employer,” Michigan Public Employer Labor Relations Association
  • “Hey!  Get Outta My Face…book: Social Networking in the Workplace,”  Nemeth Law's Raising the Bar
  • “The Virtual Employee,” Michigan Business Professional Association Elite Series
  • “The Employee Free Choice Act: What Employers Need to Know Now,” Nemeth Law's Raising the Bar
  • “Identity Theft Prevention, Healthcare Association of Michigan,” September 2007
  • Know Before You Go Offshore,” CORP! Magazine, “Protecting Your Assets with Non-Compete Agreements,” CORP! Magazine
  •  “New Law Requires Unpaid Break Time for Nursing Mothers,” Employment Law 360
  • “Employee Privacy in the Electronic Age,” The Institute of Continuing Legal Education 35th Annual Labor and Employment Law Institute
  • “Tattoos, Body Piercings, and Headwear: Managing Risk When Employees Bring Religion to Work,” PLUS Journal

Honors and Distinctions

  • Wayne State University Law School’s National Moot Court Team
  • Winner and Best Brief: Regent University’s National Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition 
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