Daniel B. Tukel
Daniel B. Tukel is a shareholder practicing in Butzel Long’s Troy office and serves as Chair of the firm’s Labor, Employment and Employee Benefits Law Department. He is an honors graduate of the University of Michigan Law School (J.D., cum laude, 1982), and also received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan (A.B. with high honors and high distinction, 1979).
Mr. Tukel’s practice is devoted to representing both public and private employers in state and federal discrimination and wrongful discharge litigation, as well as traditional labor matters such as collective bargaining, labor arbitrations and union organizational drives. He regularly counsels employers in all aspects of labor and employment law, in statutory compliance and in creating, implementing and administering employee handbooks and other personnel policies and practices. He has particular expertise in representing colleges and universities in litigation involving student dismissal, including claims of violation of due process and equal protection, discrimination and failure to accommodate. He has represented employers before state and federal trial and appellate courts, and various administrative agencies including: the National Labor Relations Board; National Mediation Board; Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; Occupational Safety and Health Administration; Michigan Department of Civil Rights; Michigan Department of Labor; Michigan Employment Relations Commission; and Michigan Employment Security Commission.
Mr. Tukel has lectured on a wide range of employment and labor issues, has served on the faculty of the Institute of Continuing Legal Education, and has served as a private arbitrator and private facilitator in employment matters.
Representative matters include:
- Negotiated on behalf of automotive related employer collective bargaining agreement in 2016 with UAW for 150 person unit;
- Summary Judgment of claims for race discrimination and retaliation under state and federal law brought by graduate nursing student dismissed from program. Asika v. Wayne State University, et. al., United Stated District Court Case No. 15-CV-12485.
- Summary Judgment of claims for disability discrimination under state and federal law, and violation of due process and equal protection brought by nursing student dismissed from program. Vamplew v. Wayne State University, et. al., United Stated District Court Case No. 12-CV-14561, aff’d 6th Cir. Court of Appeals.
- Arbitrator upholds employee discharge, UAW v. Eastern Michigan University, AAA Case No. 54 300 0031413, 4/24/2014, George Roumell, Jr., Arbitrator;
- RICO class action claim alleging conspiracy between physician, employer and workers compensation carrier/administrator to wrongfully deny workers compensation benefits dismissed. Jackson v. Sedgwick Claims Management Services, 731 F.3d 556 (6th Cir. 2013) (en banc); Certiorari successfully opposed;
- Summary Judgment granted in claim by hospital employee for violation of Michigan Whistleblowers Protection Act, affirmed by Michigan Court of Appeals. Prieskorn v University of Michigan, Washtenaw County Circuit Court Case No. 08-000987-CZ, Michigan Court of Appeals Case No. 298996 (2012);
- Claims for race discrimination pursuant to 42 U.S.C. §1981 and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, 42 U.S.C. §2000e voluntarily dismissed following filing of Motion for Summary Judgment. Majors v University of Michigan, United Stated District Court Case No. 10-CV-12231;
- Jury trial victory in claim of sex discrimination brought by long-term, high ranking administrator, affirmed by Michigan Court of Appeals. Cunnnigham-Rouse v University of Michigan, Genesee County Circuit Court Case No. 98-64358, Michigan Court of Appeals Case No. 233090;
- Negotiated collective bargaining agreements for public higher education clients with their full time faculty unit, adjunct faculty unit and administrative unit
Publications (partial list):
The Best Defense Or A Good Offense? Are The Damage Caps In 42 U.S.C. § 1981a Waivable Affirmative Defenses?; The Labor Lawyer (publication of the American Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Section), Vol. 24, No. 3, Winter/Spring 2009;
Testing Accommodation: Is a ‘Level Playing Field’ Unfair?; The Labor Lawyer, Vol. 23 No. 1, November, 2007;
Binding Employee Arbitration, Not So Final and Binding After All; July, 2002, Michigan Bar Journal, (publication of the State Bar of Michigan), Volume 81, No. 7;
To Arbitrate or Not to Arbitrate Discrimination Claims: That is Now the Question for Michigan Employers; September, 2000, Michigan Bar Journal, Volume 79, No. 9;
Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell: Amendment To Michigan Handicap Act Prohibits Use of Genetic Information in Employment; Summer, 2000, Labor and Employment Lawnotes (publication of the Labor and Employment Law Section - State Bar of Michigan), Volume 10, No. 2;
Sticks and Stones May Break Your Bones, But That May Not Constitute a “‘Disability;” Fall, 1999, Labor and Employment Lawnotes, Volume 9, No. 3;
Student Versus Student: School District Liability for Peer Sexual Harassment; November, 1996, Michigan Bar Journal, Volume 75, No. 11.
Speaking Engagements (Partial List):
Religious and Disability Accommodation in Today’s Workplace, Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce, 2016;
Human Resources Primer, Basic Introduction To Labor And Employment Statutes, State And Federal Personnel Laws, Lorman Education Services, 2001;
To Arbitrate Or Not To Arbitrate And Other ADR Issues, Chamber Of Commerce Labor and Employment Law Seminars, 2000;
Motion Practice, Mediation And Other ADR, Discrimination Litigation: Life of a Lawsuit, Lorman Education Services, March, 1998;
The “Contract” of Employment, Fundamentals Of Michigan Employment Law, Institute of Continuing Legal Education, July, 1995;
Workplace Investigations, Surveillance, and "Sting" Operations, a Management Perspective, Representing Michigan Employers, Institute of Continuing Legal Education, October, 1993.
Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers;
2011 Michigan Supreme Court Distinguished Brief Award, awarded by Cooley Law School Law Review;
Michigan Top 100 Lawyer, named by DBusiness Magazine;
Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business - Labor and Employment Law;
The Best Lawyers in America: Lawyer of the Year, Labor Law - Management, 2022
The Best Lawyers in America – Employment Law - Management, Labor Law - Management, Litigation - Labor & Employment;
Top 100 Michigan Super Lawyers;
Michigan Super Lawyer – Employment Litigation Defense;
DBusiness Top Lawyers in Metro Detroit, Civil Rights Law and Labor and Employment Law.
National Association of College and University Attorneys;
American Employment Law Council;
Michigan Council of School Attorneys;
Fellow of the State Bar of Michigan Foundation;
American Bar Association (Labor and Employment, and Litigation sections);
State Bar of Michigan (Labor and Employment, and Litigation sections);
Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association;
Oakland County Bar Association.
• University of Michigan, Undergraduate, 1979, A.B. (with High Honors and High Distinction)
• University of Michigan Law School, Law School, 1982, J.D., cum laude
• United States Supreme Court
• United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
• United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
• United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan
• United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
- University of Michigan 1979, A.B.
- University of Michigan Law School 1982, J.D.
Fellow, College of Labor and Employment Lawyers
Fellow, State Bar of Michigan Foundation
Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business - Labor & Employment
The Best Lawyers in America: Lawyer of the Year, Labor Law - Management, 2022
The Best Lawyers in America, Employment Law - Management; Labor Law - Management; Litigation - Labor & Employment, 2008-2022
Michigan Super Lawyers, Employment Litigation Defense, 2008-2021
Top 100 Michigan Super Lawyers, 2014,2015 & 2020
Michigan State Bar Foundation - Fellow
DBusiness Top Lawyers in Metro Detroit, Civil Rights Law, 2011-2013 Labor and Employment Law, 2011-2017, 2019-2021 Litigation - Labor Employment Benefits, 2017 & 2021
- Supreme Court of the United States
- United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
- United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
- United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
- United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan
National Association of College and University Attorneys
American Employment Law Council
Michigan Council of School Attorneys
American Bar Association - Labor and Employment, and Litigation Sections
State Bar of Michigan - Labor and Employment, and Litigation Sections
Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association
Oakland County Bar Association
- Successfully defended a motion for summary disposition for a major university before the Michigan Court of Appeals.
- Represented higher education clients in negotiation of collective bargaining agreements for full time faculty; adjunct faculty and administrators.
- Successfully defended national media client in claim for violation of Sarbanes-Oxley Act before the United States Department of Labor.
- In case of first impression, obtained summary judgment in favor of cargo airline carrier of claim for retaliatory discharge in violation of the Railway Labor Act, based on statute of limitations.
- Obtained summary disposition in favor of major University on claims for sexual harassment and breach of employment contract, affirmed, Michigan Court of Appeals.
- Obtained summary disposition in favor of national media client on claims for gender discrimination, retaliation and violation of Sales Representative Commission Act.
- Successfully represented national service provider in overturning trial judgment for plaintiff in claim for race discrimination - failure to promote before Michigan Court of Appeals.
- Obtained summary disposition in favor of national retailer on claims for race discrimination, intentional infliction of emotional distress and negligence.
- Trial verdict in favor of major University on claim alleging wrongful discharge/breach of employment contract.
- Defended regional newspaper in defamation case
- Jury trial verdict in favor of major University in gender discrimination case. Affirmed by Michigan Court of Appeals.
- Obtained summary disposition in favor of major University on claims for gender discrimination and retaliation.
- Summary disposition affirmed by the Michigan Court of Appeals
- DBusiness Magazine
- How auto leaders should address talent attraction/ retention/ and contractual/ legal issues are focus of timely, upcoming seminars
- Butzel Long’s Immigration Department is the only Michigan law firm recognized in Immigration ranking by Chambers USA 2016
- Butzel Long attorney Daniel B. Tukel featured during Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce program on June 15, 2016
- Butzel Long attorney featured during Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce program on January 20, 2016
- Butzel Long hosts 27th Annual Labor, Employment, and Immigration Law Forum November 7, 2014 in Dearborn
- Latest developments in labor, employment and immigration law to be highlighted during November 15 seminar
- Butzel Long attorney Daniel B. Tukel to receive Thomas M. Cooley Law Review 2011 Distinguished Supreme Court Brief Award
- Daniel B. Tukel now one of five Butzel Long attorneys who are Fellows to The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers
- Butzel Long attorney Daniel B. Tukel named to Chambers USA – America's Leading Lawyers for Business 2009 The Client's Guide
- October 21, 2021
- State House Passes Bill Allowing College Athletes to be Compensated for Use of their Name, Image, and LikenessMay 29, 2020
- May 22, 2020
- April 28, 2020
- April 3, 2020
- Department of Health & Human Services and Department of Education Revamp Guidance on the Intersection of HIPAA and FERPA on Student Health RecordsJanuary 6, 2020
- June 18, 2012
- Detroit, MI
- Detroit, MI
- Livonia, MI
- Detroit, MI
- Flint, MI
- Flint, MI