Michael W. Groebe

Senior Counsel
Detroit,  MI  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Automotive
  • ADA & FMLA Compliance
  • Discrimination, Harassment & Retaliation
  • Labor & Employment
  • Labor & Employment Class Actions
  • Reductions-in-Force
  • Trade Secret Noncompete Litigation
  • Union/Employer Matters
University University of Michigan, B.A., Political Science, with high distinction, 2000
Law SchoolUniversity of Michigan, J.D., 2003
Admitted2003, Michigan; U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan and the Western District of Wisconsin; Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals

Michael W. Groebe is a senior counsel and employment attorney with Foley & Lardner LLP, where he advises employers in all aspects of labor and employment law. He regularly represents employers before state and federal courts and administrative agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the National Labor Relations Board. Mr. Groebe handles cases and provides counseling relating to the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN), non-competes/trade secrets, the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), state and federal employment discrimination laws, including Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA). He is a member of the firm's Labor & Employment Practice, the Automotive Industry Team, and the Trade Secret/Non-Compete Specialty Practice.

Mr. Groebe has successfully handled non-compete/trade secret matters in several jurisdictions. Many of the employers represented by Mr. Groebe are next-generation manufacturers who understand the value and necessity of protecting their confidential, proprietary and trade secret information.

Representative Experience
• Representation of multi-national corporation in matter involving breach of non-compete and non-solicitation obligations against former employees
• Obtained a preliminary injunction on behalf of an automotive supplier against a former employee based on a non-compete agreement
• Representation of automotive supplier in matter involving claims of violation of the WARN Act
• Obtained summary judgment for a school district regarding claims of race discrimination, racial harassment and retaliation
• Representation of automotive supplier in FLSA wage and hour collective action
• Obtained summary disposition for automotive supplier regarding claims of violation of Michigan's Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act which was subsequently affirmed by the Michigan Court of Appeals
• Representation of food manufacturer in race discrimination action resulting in a favorable ruling following trial


Mr. Groebe was selected for inclusion in the 2011, 2013 and 2014 Michigan Super Lawyers - Rising Stars® editions. The Rising Stars® list represents the top 2.5 percent of lawyers under 40 years old in Michigan based upon a survey of one's peers.


Mr. Groebe earned his J.D. from the University of Michigan (2003), and received his B.A. in political science, with high distinction, from the University of Michigan (2000).


Mr. Groebe is admitted to practice in Michigan and before the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan, the Western District of Wisconsin, and the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Community Engagement

Mr. Groebe is an active member of the Oakland County Bar Association, a fellow of the Oakland County Bar Foundation, a member of the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association (DMBA) and a barrister for the DMBA Inn of Court. He is also an annual fundraiser for and participant in the MS Walk. In recognition for his fundraising efforts, Mr. Groebe has received an award as a Top 100 individual fundraiser for the Michigan MS Walk for a number of years.

Presentations and Publications

Mr. Groebe's recent presentations and publications include:
• Author, "Staying Union-Free Takes Proactive Steps By Employers," Employment Law360 (August 2014)
• Presenter, "Marijuana's Potential Impact on the Workplace Continues to Expand in 2014: Tips for In-House Employment Counsel," Celesq AttorneysEd Center (August 2014)
• Co-author, "The Dirty Little Secret About Trade Secrets," IndustryWeek (March 2014)
• Co-presenter, "The Mobile Workplace - Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), Social Media, and Telecommuting," AIM at Risk Regional Briefing Series (February 2014)
• Co-presenter, "Clearing the Haze of Medical Marijuana in the Workplace: What In-House Employment Lawyers Should Know," Celesq AttorneysEd Center (January 2014)
• Co-author, "Have Your Safeguards For Protecting Confidential Information Kept Pace?" Manufacturing.net (November 2013)
• Author, "Five Common Mistakes Employers Make Regarding The WARN Act," Manufacturing.net (October 2013)
• Co-author, "Next-Generation Manufacturers Must Protect Secrets," Law360 (September 2013)
• Presenter, "Enforcement of Non-Compete Agreements: Top 5 Mistakes Employers Make When Trying to Enforce Non-Compete Agreements," Eighth Annual State of the Law Update, Association of Corporate Counsel (ACCA) - Michigan Chapter (May 2013)
• Presenter, "Employer's Guide to Medical Marijuana in the Workplace: When Employees Have the Right to Inhale," Center for Competitive Management (December 2012)
• Presenter, "Don't Get Lost in the Weed: Medical Marijuana & the Workplace," Foley & Lardner LLP 2011 Employment Law Update (December 2011)
• Presenter, "Medical Marijuana and the Law: Dealing with Weed in the Workplace," Center for Competitive Management (October 2011)
• Co-presenter, "State of the Law Update: Labor and Employment," Sixth Annual State of the Law Update, Association of Corporate Counsel (ACCA) - Michigan Chapter (April 2011)
• Author, "Keeping Guns Out Of The Workplace - Not So Fast," Employment Law360 (February 2011)

Mr. Groebe also regularly contributes to Foley & Lardner's Employment Law Update, a valuable tool for clients to keep up-to-date on the latest developments in labor and employment law, published every week.


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To Stay Union Free, Auto Industry Employers Must Be Prepared
Michael W. Groebe, July 18, 2014
As a member of the automotive industry, you know unions are not going away anytime soon regardless of recent defeats like those suffered by the UAW at Volkswagen in Tennessee. The UAW and others have stepped up their organizing efforts and do not be surprised if they come knocking on your...

Staying One Step Ahead of Norma Rae — Tips for Staying Union Free
Michael W. Groebe, July 10, 2014
If you think unions are going away anytime soon based on recent defeats like those suffered by the UAW at Volkswagen in Tennessee, think again. The UAW and others have stepped up their organizing efforts and do not be surprised if they come knocking on your company’s door seeking to...

Colorado High Court to Rule on Rocky Mountain High
Michael W. Groebe, May 16, 2014
The issue of medical marijuana continues to make news in Colorado and across the country. Earlier this year, the Colorado Supreme Court agreed to hear an appeal of the 2013 Colorado Court of Appeals ruling in Coats v. Dish Network, which analyzed the relationship between Colorado’s medical...

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Michael W. Groebe

500 Woodward Avenue, Suite 2700
DetroitMI 48226-3489


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