Sheralee S. Hurwitz
Bar Admission: 1989, New York; 1995, Michigan.
Education: University of Virginia (BA, 1985); University of Virginia (JD, 1989)
Practice Areas: Employment Law, Employment Litigation, Municipal law (employment-related), Unemployment, and Harassment investigations.
Sheralee is an experienced employment lawyer focusing on pro-active management advice, including preparation of pre-employment and personnel forms, employment policies, employee handbooks and employment and separation agreements. Her practice includes defense of employment discrimination claims (agency claims and litigation) including related contract and tort claims such as whistleblower, tortious interference, defamation, and retaliation claims. She has extensive experience drafting confidentiality and non-compete agreements, and independent contractor agreements. She routinely assists employers with investigation and resolution of employment harassment claims. Areas of work also include MIOSHA investigations, unemployment insurance protests and appeals, wage and hour claims, Family and Medical Leave Act issues, and employment screening and recordkeeping, generally. Her clients include employers in various industries; health care, manufacturing, non-profit, townships and small businesses, to name a few.
Sheralee started her career with Morgan, Lewis & Bockius in its New York office, and after relocating to Michigan, worked for Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C. in its Lansing and Grand Rapids offices before joining Lewis, Reed & Allen in Kalamazoo. She is a Member of the State Bar of Michigan and the State Bar of New York, and also a member of the United States District Court of the Western District of Michigan and of the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York, and the Kalamazoo County Bar Association, as well as the Society for Human Resources Management. Sheralee is a past Vice President of TBI's Board of Trustees, former Board member and committee member for Arc Community Advocates of Kalamazoo, a Volunteer Mentor at Portage Northern High School, and former Chair of the TBI Religious School Advisory Committee.
Selected Publications and Presentations include:
- Can I Take FMLA Leave to Care for My Significant Other's Sick Child?
- Reconsider Use of Credit Histories to Screen Job Applicants
- GINA Regulations Effective - Time to Update Practices and Forms
- "Michigan Employment Law Basics"
- "Pre-Employment Issues – Planning Ahead."