Barbara Eckert Buchanan

Barbara Buchanan is a shareholder practicing in Butzel Long’s Troy office.  She graduated from Santa Clara University School of Law and the University of Michigan.  Barbara represents employers before federal and state courts in litigation involving all types of employment and labor claims, including discrimination, wrongful discharge, breach of contract, whistleblower, wage and hour, trade secrets, and credentialing of health care professionals. She also represents and advises employers before federal and state administrative agencies in various matters including EEO charges, unfair labor practice charges, and wage and hour complaints.

Barbara’s work with health care organizations includes matters involving peer review activities, professional credentialing, and discipline.

Additionally, she counsels private and public sector employers in such matters as implementation of employment policies, reductions in force, severance programs and agreements, employment contracts, employee investigations, discipline and termination of union, non-union, and highly compensated employees.


  • Santa Clara University School of Law, Santa Clara, California, J.D., 1993
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, B.A., Economics, 1989, B.A. Political Science, 1989


Best Lawyers in America®, Employment Law - Management, 2020, 2022; Litigation - Labor and Employment, 2022

College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, fellow


  • California
  • Michigan


American Bar Association

Federal Bar Association

Women Lawyers Association of Michigan

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