Tel: (313) 496-1200
Fax: (313) 496-1300
Business, Corporate and Nonprofit Law
Real Estate Law
Labor and Employment Law
Civil Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution
Estate and Trust Litigation
Mediation and Facilitation
B.A., Eastern Michigan University
J.D., cum laude, The University of Toledo
State Bar of Michigan
State Bar of Ohio
U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
Mr. Barker’s practice covers a broad spectrum of real estate, employment, labor and corporate matters. His clients are diverse in both size and industry, and include real estate developers, construction companies, biopharmaceutical companies, automotive suppliers, hotels and restaurants, manufacturers and non-profit organizations. In addition to providing routine support on a wide range of daily business and governance issues, he offers significant experience with complex commercial transactional and litigation matters including mergers and acquisitions, supply interruption issues, and bankruptcy. Because he is also a licensed Michigan Real Estate Broker, his clients receive added value in the form of a unique industry perspective to both routine and complex real estate transactions and litigation matters, including sales, leases, financing, land contracts, real property purchases, construction liens, boundary disputes and property tax appeals.
In his labor and employment practice, Mr. Barker counsels private and non-profit employers on workforce management issues, labor relations matters and preventive measures to avoid litigation, which include employee handbooks, employment agreements, personnel policies and procedures, independent contractor issues, administration of ERISA plans, and intellectual property protection. He also represents management exclusively in employment litigation and arbitration, including discrimination claims (age, disability, race, gender, national origin and religion), wage-and-hour issues under both state and federal law, Family and Medical Leave (FMLA) issues, trade secret and non-competion matters, reductions in force, disputes under collective bargaining agreements and unfair labor practice claims.
Mr. Barker regularly appears before numerous courts and government agencies, including state and federal trial courts throughout Michigan and northern Ohio. Additionally, Mr. Barker is certified through the Michigan State Court Administrative Office as a civil mediator. In that role, Mr. Barker facilitates disputes among the parties to commercial, employment, and trust and estate litigation matters in pursuit of settlements out of court. Mr. Barker frequently contributes to legal and real estate journals, including Michigan Real Property Review, a publication of the State Bar of Michigan’s Real Property Law Section. Additionally, Mr. Barker regularly speaks before clients, attorneys, businesses and professional groups regarding real estate, employment and business matters in both Michigan and Ohio. He serves as faculty to the Council on Education in Management, National Business Institute and Lorman Education Services.
Among multiple volunteer positions with non-profit organizations, Mr. Barker serves on the Board of Directors of the Detroit Association of Realtors, where he coordinates the “DAR University” professional education programs, and is also a leader with the Boy Scouts of America. His professional memberships include: the Real Property Law, Labor and Employment Law and Litigation sections of the State Bar of Michigan, the American Bar Association, multiple local bar associations in southeast Michigan and northwest Ohio, and the National Association of Realtors.
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