Melissa J. Jackson: Lawyer with Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.

Melissa J. Jackson


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Practice Areas

  • Employment Law
  • Discrimination - Unlawful Harassment
  • Labor Relations
  • Labor & Benefits
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Employment Litigation
  • Employment
University Wittenberg University, B.A., 1974
Law SchoolWayne State University Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1989
Admitted1989, Michigan; U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan

Legal Affiliations:

•American Bar Association
•Labor and Employment Law Section
•State Bar of Michigan
•Labor and Employment Law Section
•Alternative Dispute Resolution Section
•Ingham County Bar Association
•Labor Law Section
•Women Lawyers Association of Michigan
•Michigan State University College of Law, Adjunct Professor in Employment Law

Industry & Professional Associations:

•Society for Human Resource Management
•Human Resources Association of Mid-Michigan
•Industrial Relations Research Association, Past President

Community Involvement:

•Child and Family Services, Board of Directors
•Okemos Radmoor Montessori School, Board of Directors


Melissa joined the firm in 1989 and is a shareholder in the Employment Labor & Benefits Practice Group. Melissa represents employers and is highly experienced in providing employment law counsel on a wide range of matters including: alternative dispute resolution; diversity; unlawful discrimination, and harassment; wrongful discharge: Family Medical Leave Act; Fair Labor Standards Act; Michigan Wages and Fringe Benefits Act; drafting and interpreting policies and procedures, employment contracts and separation agreements; and reductions in force. Having served as a Human Resources Director for ten years prior to entering law school, Melissa has the advantage of understanding the employers' perspective first-hand. The majority of Melissa's practice is of a proactive nature as her success lies in keeping clients out of court and away from claims. Melissa is named in Best Lawyers in America for Employment and Labor Law.

Melissa works diligently to anticipate issues the client may face and to keep them informed in changes in the law. Additionally, she is co-author on numerous employment law reference books published by the Michigan Chamber of Commerce for public and private employers and regularly speaks on these issues as well.

•21 Foster Swift Attorneys named to 2015 Michigan Super Lawyers and Michigan Rising Stars, September 8, 2015
•44 Foster Swift Attorneys Named to 2016 Best Lawyers in America Roster, August 21, 2015
•2014 Michigan Super Lawyers and Michigan Rising Stars, September 5, 2014
•45 Foster Swift attorneys named to 2015 Best Lawyers in America roster, August 19, 2014
•Best Lawyers Name Five Foster Swift Attorneys Lawyer of the Year, September 20, 2013
•Thirty-one Foster Swift Attorneys included in Super Lawyers for 2013, September 6, 2013
•Forty-five Foster Swift Attorneys included in Best Lawyers, August 15, 2013

•Employee Discipline, Reduction-in-Force, and Termination, Michigan Chamber of Commerce, April 14, 2015
•Legal Update on Employee Issues and Seasonal Employee Options, Michigan Agri-Business Association Winter Conference & Trade Show, January 12, 2015
•Employee Handbooks Workshop - Create or Revise Your Personnel Policy Manual, Michigan Chamber, November 6, 2014
•Handbook Policies - What you Must Include, What you Should Include, What to Avoid, Michigan Osteopathic Assocation, November 1, 2014
•Hiring-to-Termination: Termination & Layoff Practices, Michigan Chamber of Commerce, November 13, 2012
•Hiring-to-Termination: Performance Tracking & Discipline Practices, Michigan Chamber of Commerce, October 3, 2012

•Nationwide Right to Same-Sex Marriage: Employee Benefit Implications, Foster Swift Employment, Labor & Benefits News, June 30, 2015
•The End is Here...How to End the Employment Relationship, Foster Swift Business & Corporate News, March 27, 2015
•Ebola and the Workplace: What Employers Need to Know and Do, Foster Swift Employment, Labor & Benefits E-News, November 6, 2014
•Smoke 'em if you got 'em!, Foster Swift Employment, Labor & Benefits E-News, October 28, 2014
•Best Practices Agricultural Businesses Should Follow When Creating or Revising an Employee Handbook, Foster Swift Agricultural Law Update, October 15, 2014
•ALERT: Michigan's Minimum Wage Goes Up 9/1/14, Foster Swift Business & Corporate Law Report, August 28, 2014


2014 Best Lawyers Lansing Lawyer of the Year: Employment Law - Management

Best Lawyers in America 2011-2016 (Labor and Employment Law)

Michigan Super Lawyers 2013-2015 (Employment & Labor)

Boss of the Year, Lansing Legal Support Professionals Association (1996)


Health Care Law Blog
•NLRB Delays Notice Requirement to April 30
•Health Facilities Must Display Notice about Employees' Organizing Rights

Reported CasesRepresentative Matters: Assisted client in addressing human resource component in a complicated merger transaction between two financial institutions.; Assisted health care clients with large scale reductions in work force.; Involvement: Counseled institute of higher learning in termination of high ranking executive and avoided litigation.; Assisted clients in prevailing in various union arbitrations involving termination of employment.; Assisted financial institution client in decertification election.; Successfully went undercover working at a restaurant in order to make unlawful harassment presentation more effective.; Assisted public utility in lawsuit involving a high ranking official's employment contract. Litigated unique legal theory and prevailed at Court of Appeals.

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The End is Here...How to End the Employment Relationship
Melissa J. Jackson, April 9, 2015
Being disciplined, terminated or laid off can be a traumatic experience. It is traumatic for employees because it involves criticism for not performing acceptably and/or potential financial burdens because the paycheck has ceased to be. It is traumatic for supervisors because it involves guilt for...
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Melissa J. Jackson

313 South Washington Square
LansingMI 48933-2193


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