Summary

Patrice is a partner in the Employment and Labor Relations practice group. She is a seasoned advocate, having represented public and private businesses of all sizes in state and federal courts and administrative agencies. As a senior counselor, she provides comprehensive counsel and strategic planning in all matters pertaining to employment and labor law issues.

Patrice’s goal is to help employers navigate the daily challenges involved in employment relationships. This representation includes some of the following services:

  • Counseling clients on all facets of the employment relationship, including hiring, discipline, and termination.
  • Drafting documents related to employees and service providers, such as applications, offer letters, employment agreements, compensation agreements, independent contractor agreements, employee handbooks, workplace policies, confidentiality agreements, non-solicitation and non-compete agreements, and severance agreements.
  • Advising clients on employment compliance issues, including the Family Medical Leave Act, disability accommodations, wage and hour issues, and reductions in force.
  • Assisting clients in navigating investigations into employee allegations of harassment, discrimination, retaliation, and workplace violence.
  • Conducting corporate training in all areas of employment law.
  • Should litigation unfortunately arise, providing effective counsel through that process, including analysis of risk, litigation costs, and potential exposure.

Patrice speaks regularly at training seminars on labor and employment issues. She is often quoted on employment law matters in newspapers and other media.

With a background in commercial litigation, Patrice is active in other aspects of civil trial, appellate litigation, and commercial litigation as part of her practice.

Before joining the firm, Patrice served as a staff attorney for the Supreme Court of Illinois.

All Service Areas

Education

  • Chicago-Kent College of Law

    Editor for the Chicago-Kent Law Review
    Moot Court Honors Society

  • Wayne State University

    M.A. in Economics
    B.A., magna cum laude

Admissions

  • State - Michigan
  • State - Illinois
  • Federal - Eastern District of Michigan
  • Federal - Western District of Michigan
  • Federal - Northern District of Illinois
  • Federal - Central District of Illinois
  • Federal - U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

Notable Matters

  • Frederick v. Allor Manufacturing Co., 2022 WL 598746, No.20-CV-12790 (E.D. Mich. Feb. 28, 2022), summary judgment in favor of employer on a claim of disability discrimination following termination of employee on attendance grounds during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Stephenson v. TCC Wireless, LLC et al., 2019 WL 2341388, No. 17-CV-7258 (N.D. Ill. June 3, 2019), summary judgment in favor of employer on claims of racial discrimination, constructive discharge, and violating the Fair Labor Standards Act
  • Triple A. Intern, Inc. v. Democratic Republic of Congo721 F.3d 415, (6th Cir. 2013), summary judgment affirmed dismissing claim against the DRC on sovereign immunity grounds
  • Perry v. Jaguar of Troy, 353 F.3d 510 (2003), summary judgment affirmed in favor of employer on a claim of FMLA interference

Speeches and Publications

Publications

  • The vax of the case,” featured in Michigan Lawyers Weekly and Legal News (January 3, 2022)
  • “Employment Issues Abound Even in the Wake of Economic Turnaround,” Authors: Patrice Arend, Nicole Folely and James Parks, Aspatore Special Report (February 2015)
  • "Survey of Michigan Law June 1, 2001—May 31, 2002: Alternative Dispute Resolution," Wayne State University Law Review, Vol. 49, No. 2 (2003)
  • "Workplace Discrimination in the Aftermath of 9/11," Detroiter Online (2003)
  • "Monitoring E-mail in the Workplace: Employee Privacy and Employer Liability," Authors: Patrice Arend and Kathleen Holper, Illinois Bar Journal, Vol. 87 (1999)
  • "Balancing Alcoholics' Rights and Employer Liability under Anti-Discrimination Laws," Authors: Patrice Arend and Kathleen Holper, Illinois Bar Journal, Vol. 86 (1998)
  • "Defamation in an Age of Political Correctness: Should a False Public Statement that a Person is Gay be Defamatory," Northern Illinois University Law Review, Vol. 18 (1997)

Presentations

  • Regular Guest Speaker on Employment Law issues at the Goldman Sachs: 10,000 Small Business Initiative in Detroit (2018 to present)
  • Panelist, “Legal Insights for Employers,” Webinar (June 2022)
  • Featured Speaker, "Legal Aspects of Returning High-Risk Employees Back to Work in Michigan," Michigan Lawyers Weekly (December 2020)
  • Featured Speaker, “Hot Topics Employers Should Know to Protect Themselves,” to Elite Success Partners (May 2019)
  • Featured Speaker, “Independent Contractor Classification Issues,” The Firm's Women’s Caucus Group Open House (March 2016)
  • Featured Speaker, “Surviving A Charge of Discrimination,” in Employment Law Series with the Construction Association of Michigan (CAM) (December 2007)
  • Guest Speaker, “Employers Best Practices,” Michigan Association of Staffing Services Annual Staffing Conference (April 2006)
  • Featured Speaker, “Avoiding Hidden Landmines in Your Workplace Investigations,” Michigan Council on Education in Management (July 2003)
  • Featured Speaker, “Update on Privacy and Emerging Issues in Electronic Workplace Litigation: Implementing Policies and Practices to Safeguard Your Organization,” Michigan Council on Education in Management (June 2003)
  • Featured Speaker, “Handling High-Tech Headaches in the E-Workplace,” Michigan Council on Education in Management (January 2003)
  • Featured Speaker, “Best Practices for Controlling Absenteeism,” Michigan Council on Education in Management (September 2002)
  • Featured Speaker, “Balancing Employee Privacy Rights with Business Necessity,” Michigan Council on Education in Management (April 2002)
  • Featured Speaker, “Training Your Managers to Comply With Policies and the Law: Documentation, Communication, Consistency, and Follow-Up,” Michigan Council on Education in Management (January 2002)

Professional Affiliations

  • State Bar of Michigan

    Member, Labor and Employment Section

  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan

    Past Chair, Federal Pro Bono Committee

Community Involvement

  • Grosse Pointe Public Schools

    Appointed Member, Strategic Planning Committee

  • United VIP Credit Union

    Former Member, Board of Directors