Mr. Villaire concentrates his practice in labor and employment law.
He represents public and private employers in individual and class/collective actions, including cases involving the FMLA, the ADA, the ADEA, Title VII, the FLSA, the EEOC, union grievance arbitrations, employment agreements and assists employers with the administration and negotiation of collective bargaining agreements. He also drafts and assists employers enforcing severance agreements, covenants not to compete and confidentiality/trade secret agreements.
Mr. Villaire has represented employers in federal and state courts, labor arbitrations, and administrative agencies throughout the country. He has taken multiple cases to trial and appeared before the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit on multiple occasions.
Mr. Villaire routinely consults with employers to help them avoid litigation. He works with employers to develop effective strategies for responding to harassment and discrimination complaints, requests for disability accommodations and FMLA leaves, overtime claims, and issues that arise under collective bargaining agreements. His commercial litigation experience includes handling business torts, a variety of contract disputes and negligence matters.
Mr. Villaire received his J.D., cum laude, from Wayne State University Law School in 1999 and his B.A. from the University of Michigan in 1996. He is a member of Oakland County and American Bar Associations. Mr. Villaire is admitted to practice before all Michigan courts, the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern District of Michigan and the U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit. He has also been admitted pro hac vice in Ohio, Tennessee, Illinois, Mississippi and Kentucky.