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Melvin J. Muskovitz

Melvin J. Muskovitz

Senior Counsel


  • Employment Litigation
  • Employment Counseling
  • Biotechnology and Life Science
  • Health Care

WSG Practice Industries


Michigan, U.S.A.

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ABA Group

Melvin Muskovitz, a member of Dykema’ s Labor and Employment Practice Group, represents public and private sector employers in federal and state courts, and before administrative agencies. He also devotes a significant portion of his time counseling and assisting employers with respect to issues arising under state and federal employment laws, assisting in drafting employment policies, preparing and enforcing confidentiality, non-solicitation and non-competition provisions, and negotiating employment and severance agreements, including with highly placed corporate executives.

Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Muskovitz investigated and litigated unfair labor practice cases with the National Labor Relations Board and served as in-house employment and labor counsel for the City of Ann Arbor. While in private practice, Mr. Muskovitz has served as outside general counsel for a nationwide fast-food company for over a dozen years, handling all employment and labor matters throughout the United States, and has represented countless employers in a myriad of employment and labor law issues. As a result of this diverse background, Mr. Muskovitz provides a unique counseling perspective, combining his investigative and trial skills with hands-on industry experience, allowing him to find creative and practical solutions to personnel disputes and complex legal issues without disrupting an employer's operations.

Mr. Muskovitz has been named in The Best Lawyers in America 2009 to present in the practice area of Labor and Employment Law and  named a "Lawyer of the Year" in Ann Arbor for Litigation - Labor and Employment by Best Lawyers for 2015, 2017 and 2019.

Bar Admissions

Michigan, 1971


University of Michigan, J.D. University of Michigan, B.A.
Areas of Practice

Biotechnology and Life Science | Employment Counseling | Employment Litigation | Health Care | Dykema Delivers HR Innovation | Hospitality | Labor & Employment | Litigation | Mergers & Acquisitions | Mergers & Acquisitions Annual Survey | Non-Compete, Unfair Competition and Trade Secrets | Trade Secret & Noncompete Litigation | Unions & Collective Bargaining

Professional Career

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association, Member, Section Memberships: Labor and Employment Law, 1996-Present
  • Washtenaw County Bar Association, 1974-Present; Member
  • State Bar of Michigan; Member, Public Corporation Law Section
  • State Bar of Michigan; Member, Employment Law Section
  • Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra, 1987-Present; Board Member, Vice President
  • Ann Arbor Chamber Orchestra, 1981-1984; Board Member
  • Jewish Community Center of Washtenaw County, 1984-1992; Founding Board Member, Vice President of Finance
  • Ann Arbor United Jewish Appeal, 1976-1986; Board Member, Administrative Chair, Fund Raising Chair


  • Ann Arbor Area Chamber of Commerce - "Surviving the 90''s - Importance of Personnel Handbooks, Benefits of Training, Steps to Avoid Wrongful Discharge Lawsuits and Guidelines in Terminating an Employee"
  • Ann Arbor IT Zone - "What You Don''t Know Can Hurt You - Facts You Need To Know About Employment Law"
  • Michigan Public Sector Employment Law Update 2004, Council on Education in Management - "Minimizing Liability Risks Arising From Employment Terminations in the Public Sector: The A-Z Employee Termination Checklist - 26 Things to Consider Before And After Terminating an Employee; Avoiding the Perils of Conducting Workforce Reduction and Layoffs; Due Process Rights of Public Sector Employees; Additional Obligations and Restrictions in Michigan Statutes"
  • Harbor Benefit Services - "What Every Employer Needs to Know: Minimizing Unemployment Costs, Military Leave Issues and Privacy in the Workplace"
  • Dykema Gossett 2003 Employment Law Seminar - "Managing Employee Health and Health Costs"
  • Harbor Benefit Services - "Legal Issues and the Human Resources Professional"
  • Fifth Annual Public Corporation Law Section/Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys Summer Educational Conference - "Issues Employers Should Consider Before and After Terminating an Employee"
  • Detroit Suburban Librarians Association - "Americans with Disabilities Act and Employee Policies"
  • Dykema Gossett 2004 Employment Law ...

Professional Activities and Experience

National Labor Relations Board, 9/71-6/73
Ann Arbor City Attorney's Office, 7/73-2/78

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Dykema, March 2021

While many Americans are receiving their $1,400 payments from the American Rescue Plan Act (“ARPA”), signed into law on March 11, 2021, employers should be paying attention to the somewhat buried language regarding Families First Coronavirus Relief Act (“FFCRA”) tax credits. Does the ARPA Require Paid Leave? No...

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As Michigan employers begin to think about how many employees to bring back to work, one option to consider is Michigan’s Work Share program, whereby total work hours are spread across a large group of employees as opposed to having fewer employees return to work on a full-time basis...


Labor & Employment Law Blog

In the rapidly evolving field of labor and employment law, we know that employers need to stay informed about changes in the law, and how these changes impact day-to-day business operations. Dykema’s Labor & Employment Law Blog (www.laboremployment-lawblog.com) discusses important labor and...

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