2019 Employment Law Summit: FROM HIRE TO FIRE

Employment Issues in the Lifecycle of an Employee

WHEN: Wednesday, October 9th, 2019 - 8:30AM - 3:45PM
WHERE: DeVos Place

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MICHELLE C. HARRELL is an experienced litigator, shareholder, Executive Committee member and Chair of the firm's Complex and General Litigation Practice Group. Ms. Harrell concentrates her practice in the areas of complex commercial litigation, real estate matters (land use/zoning, easements, landlord/tenant), shareholder disputes, receiverships, franchise and distribution law, hospitality law, family law (divorce and probate), trust disputes (trustees and beneficiaries), class actions defense and Alternative Dispute Resolutions (ADR).

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Ms. Harrell received her Bachelor of Science degree in accounting, summa cum laude, from the University of Detroit in 1990 and her Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Wayne State University Law School in 1993. While at Wayne State, she participated in moot court competitions and received three American Jurisprudence Awards.

Ms. Harrell is a Barrister Emeritus in the American Inn of Court, Oakland County Chapter, a Mentor in the Oakland County Bar Association Mentor Program and an Oakland County Circuit Court Case Evaluator (Complex Commercial Neutral). She is an approved ADR provider for Macomb County (Family Matters, Probate) and Oakland County (Civil/Commercial, Probate, District Court) and is also a Commercial Arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association. Ms. Harrell serves as a panelist for American Settlement Centers, assisting parties to resolve their disputes through mediation and arbitration.

Ms. Harrell authored the article "Caveat Receiver: Practical Tips for Appointing or Serving as a Receiver" for the Michigan Bar Journal. Her receivership expertise was the focus of the Michigan Lawyer's Weekly article, "Putting the Stress in Distressed" while several of her litigation matters were featured in the Crain's Detroit Business story "A&P Stops Paying Rent on Farmer Jack's Spaces: 24 Lawsuits Filed."

As of January 1, 2014, Ms. Harrell was appointed by the Mayor of Grosse Pointe Woods to the city's Planning Commission for a three-year term. On October 3, 2014, she was appointed to the Board of Directors of Living Arts. Ms. Harrell is an active member of the Hydrocephalus Association, Michigan Chapter.

Ms. Harrell has been recognized as a Michigan Leading Lawyer in the areas of Commercial Litigation, Land Use, Zoning & Condemnation Law and Real Estate Law: Commercial and was named a Top Lawyer by DBusiness Magazine for 2010 in the areas of Real Estate and Litigation. She has also been named as one of the 2017 Most Notable Women Lawyers in Michigan by Crain Content Studio, the custom publishing division of Crain’s Detroit Business.


RONALD A. SOLLISH is a shareholder, executive committee member and Chairman of the firm's Corporate/Employment Practice Group. Mr. Sollish specializes in employment, real estate, partnership, finance, corporate and business law. He is a frequent speaker on legal topics and has spoken to such groups as the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants, and American Society for Industrial Security.

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Mr. Sollish is licensed to practice law in both Michigan and Illinois and is also a member of the American Bar Association, State Bar of Michigan, Illinois Bar Association and Oakland County Bar Association. He graduated from the University of Detroit School of Law where he was the managing editor of the Law Review. Mr. Sollish received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan.

Additionally, Mr. Sollish has been continuously selected by his peers for inclusion in the annual edition of Best Lawyers in America® since 2013 in the area of employment law-individuals.


ZOEY A. MAYHEW is an associate and member of the firm's Corporate and Employment Practice Group. She works with businesses in a wide array of matters, ranging from entity formation and dissolution, to governance and organizational agreements and business relationship contracts. Ms. Mayhew also works with employers to prevent, address, and resolve claims of harassment, discrimination, and wrongful termination and to ensure statutory compliance with wage and hour requirements and other significant employment compliance obligations.

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Ms. Mayhew graduated from Michigan State University College of Law, summa cum laude. While in law school, she was a Dean Charles H. King Scholar, an exclusive scholarship program for the top 20 students in each graduating class. Ms. Mayhew also served as a Notes Editor for the Michigan State Law Review, and her student note, Reforming Direct Evaluation of Court-Mandated Parenting Classes, was published in the Michigan State Law Review in 2016. Ms. Mayhew gained legal experience as a student intern at the Michigan Court of Appeals Research Division and as a 2016 summer associate at Maddin Hauser.

During law school Ms. Mayhew was awarded the Jurisprudence Achievement Award in the following subject areas: Negotiation, Matrimonial Practice, American Legal History, and Advanced Legal Research. In 2016, she was awarded the Michigan Supreme Court Historical Society's Award for the Best Legal History Paper. She was also awarded the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Annual Scholarship in 2017.

Although born in Canada, Ms. Mayhew grew up on the island of St. Maarten. Prior to attending law school, Ms. Mayhew graduated with honors from McGill University, in Montreal, Quebec. After receiving her Bachelor’s degree, she worked in education and business administration prior to pursuing her Juris Doctor.


STEPHANIE C. MELLIN (formerly Kamykowski) is an associate in the firm’s Employment and Workforce Management Practice Group. In 2010, Ms. Mellin began her career as a litigator in the area of real property and consumer finance. She joined Maddin Hauser in 2016 as a member of the Financial Services and Real Property Litigation Practice Group. In 2018, Ms. Mellin transitioned her practice to focus solely on the area of employment law. She draws on her experience to create advantageous solutions to client matters.

After receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan, Ms. Mellin earned her Juris Doctor from Wayne State University Law School in Detroit, Michigan.

She is currently licensed to practice law in the State of Michigan, the United States District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan, and the Michigan Tribal Court.


KEVIN M. HENRY is a shareholder in the firm’s Corporate and Real Estate practice groups. Mr. Henry represents businesses of all types and sizes on a wide range of corporate matters, including entity selection, company formation, asset and stock deals, buy-sell agreements and succession planning. He has extensive experience working with business startups, franchisees, physicians and other professional associations.

Mr. Henry also advises clients in real estate matters, including acquisitions and sales, leasing, finance and property development. He specializes in multi-family housing development, having assisted in the acquisition and financing of multiple student housing projects.

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In 2014, Mr. Henry was recognized by the Wisconsin Law Journal as an Up and Coming Lawyer, a designation that recognizes promising attorneys who have handled challenging legal issues, taken steps to improve the justice system and contributed to their communities. He has served as a director on multiple professional and public service boards, including the Dane County (Wisconsin) Bar Association, the Exchange Club of Sun Prairie (Wisconsin), and the Society of Financial Service Professionals. Mr. Henry currently serves as Chairman of the Oakland County Bar Association’s Tax Committee.

Mr. Henry received his undergraduate degree from St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota, where he majored in political science and Spanish. While at St. John’s, he was the Chairman of the Judicial Board of the Student Senate and a linebacker for the football team. Upon graduation from St. John’s, Mr. Henry joined Teach for America and taught 2nd Grade on a Navajo Indian Reservation in New Mexico. He then earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Wisconsin Law School.

Mr. Henry is admitted to practice in Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin.


JOHN MACKENZIE is a member of Maddin Hauser’s Complex Litigation and Risk Advisory, Employment and Workforce Management, and Real Estate Practice Groups. An experienced litigator, Mr. MacKenzie represents clients in commercial litigation, real estate, and insurance matters. He has tried cases to verdict, obtaining favorable results for his clients, and also regularly represents clients in various alternative dispute resolution forums including facilitation and arbitration. Another part of Mr. Mackenzie’s practice is assisting businesses with I-9 record compliance and inspections conducted by the Department of Homeland Security.

Mr. MacKenzie graduated cum laude from Thomas M. Cooley Law School where he served as the Associate Editor of its Law Review. During law school, Mr. MacKenzie clerked for the Honorable Richard Caretti of Macomb County Circuit Court. He is admitted to practice law in Michigan and is a member of the Macomb County and Oakland County Bar Associations.


JAMES M. REID, IV is a shareholder, Executive Committee member, Co-Chairman of the firm's Corporate/Employment Practice Group, and member of the Franchise and Distribution Practice Group. Mr. Reid works mainly with employers on a spectrum of employment issues including counseling and advising human resource professionals and business owners. He develops and improves employment policies and contracts, handbooks, employment agreements, non-competes, non-disclosure agreements, and unconditional release and separation agreements. Mr. Reid often provides legal assistance to employers in litigation, arbitration and administrative proceedings, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Michigan Department of Civil Rights, state and federal Departments of Labor, and the Unemployment Insurance Agency. He also assists employers with federal and state wage and hour audits.

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Mr. Reid is a frequent local and national presenter on a wide range of employment topics. Along with providing regular advice and counsel to clients, he conducts tailored trainings for staff, management, and executive teams to guide them through the landmines and best practices for hiring, managing, and separating employees. He has also written several articles on topics including strategies for updating employee handbooks and successfully challenging claims for unemployment benefits.

Mr. Reid joined the firm as a summer associate (clerk) in 2004. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science-Prelaw, cum laude, from Michigan State University in 2002 and his Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Wayne State University Law School in 2005. While at law school, Mr. Reid was an associate editor of the Wayne Law Review.

Mr. Reid has been elected Labor and Employment Law Section Council for the State Bar of Michigan and is a member of its Labor and Employment Law Section e-News Committee. He serves as the Director-Elect and Director of Resource Partners at the Michigan Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM). Previously, Mr. Reid was the Chair of the Oakland County Bar Association’s Employment Law Committee. He currently serves on the Advisory Board of Wayne State University Law School's Master of Studies in Law degree program.

Mr. Reid was named as a Michigan Super Lawyers® Rising Star from 2015 to 2018, listed as a 2017 and 2018 Top Lawyer by DBusiness Magazine, and received the Oakland County Bar Association’s 2014 Distinguished Service Award for exceptional voluntary services benefitting the organization. He is admitted to practice before the federal and state courts of Michigan.


Topic / Fact Pattern:



Welcome / First Vignette

James M. Reid, IV


Interview Questions and Onboarding Employees

Stephanie Mellin

Second Vignette


Drafting Employment Policies and Engaging in Consistent Enforcement in the age of recreational Marijuana

Zoey Mayhew

Third Vignette


Worker Classifications: Why it Matters and an Update on the Latest Trends

Kevin Henry

Fourth & Fifth Vignette


I-9 Compliance and Updates

John Mackenzie



Sixth Vignette


Employee Performance Management: Navigating the Employee Development Process Successfully

Michelle Harrell


Workplace Training and Investigations

Zoey Mayhew



Seventh Vignette


Romance in the Workplace and Other Workplace Indiscretions

Ron Sollish

Eighth Vignette


FMLA / Michigan Paid Medical Leave Act

Stephanie Mellin



Ninth Vignette


Termination of Employment: Respecting Employees and Protecting Employers

Ron Sollish

Tenth Vignette


Protecting Organizational Good Will & Business Assets

Ron Sollish



James M. Reid, IV

MISHRM's mission is to support the State SHRM chapters and serve the HR professionals (networking, development opportunities, best practice sharing) and serve as a conduit from our great state to SHRM.

Contact Info

Michigan Council of the Society for Human Resource Management

P.O. Box 99463
Troy, MI 48099
(844) 4MI-SHRM

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October 9-11, 2019