Mark C. Knoth has over 20 years of experience representing employers in a wide range of employment and labor law matters.
Mark chairs the firm’s Labor, Employment, Employee Benefits & ERISA Practice Group. On a daily basis, Mark counsels and advises business owners, managers and human resources professionals on workplace issues including civil rights and anti-discrimination laws; employee discipline; wage and hour; overtime; employee leaves; reasonable accommodations; veterans issues; picketing; secondary boycotts; reductions in force; drug testing; unemployment compensation; affirmative action; and union organizing campaigns, among other matters. He additionally drafts employee policies, handbooks, contracts, and covenants not to compete, and investigates threats of violence, allegations of harassment, and other employee misconduct.
Mark has successfully represented employers in hearings, trials, and appeals in federal and state courts on a variety of employment law claims including, race, sex and national origin cases alleging discrimination, retaliation and harassment under Title VII; disability and failure to accommodate claims under the ADA; age discrimination claims under the ADEA; retaliation and failure to reinstate claims under the FMLA; claims alleging failure to pay wages and overtime under the FLSA; employee benefit claims under ERISA; breach of covenants not to compete claims; wrongful termination claims and numerous other State and Federal claims. A number of cases Mark has successfully handled have become published cases.
Mark represents employers in investigations conducted by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Michigan Department of Civil Rights, the Michigan and U.S. Departments of Labor, and the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs. As a special mediator for the EEOC, Mark facilitates the resolution of charges of discrimination brought against employers.
Mark’s broad range of experience also includes traditional labor relations matters such as negotiating collective bargaining agreements, trying discharge and contract interpretation grievances in labor arbitration, and he appears before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and the Michigan Employment Relations Commission at unit clarification hearings and union certification elections, and unfair labor practice proceedings.
Mark frequently speaks to employer groups, and trains human resources managers on a variety of employment-related legal topics. He also writes on subjects related to his practice and is a contributing editor to a nationally recognized publication. Mark is conversational in German.
Mark was named to The Best Lawyers in America , by Woodward/White, Inc. in the area of management side employment law. He also has been awarded and maintains the Martindale-Hubbell AV rating, reflecting preeminence in his legal ability and ethical standards. Mark has also received an Excellent rating through Avvo.com. Mark was also selected by DBusiness magazine as one of Detroit’s Top Lawyers in Metro Detroit for Labor and Employment Law for 2015.
Insights & News
March 25, 2019
Mark C. Knoth welcomed into the 2018-2019 class of fellows of the Oakland County Bar Foundation
Kerr Russell member Mark C. Knoth was recently welcomed as a new fellow into the Oakland County Bar Foundation. The fellows designation is The Foundation's highest honor, with less than 10 percent of the total active membership of the State Bar of Michigan who practice in Oakland County eligible for membership.
September 25, 2018
Sneak peek: Katherine Cser authors Managing Talent in the Fluctuating Workforce for Corp! Magazine
In Dave Carvajal’s book Hire Smart from the Start, Carvajal warns about hiring clones: “People who share values such as authenticity, integrity, and ambition may have wildly different personalities....In the absence of a clearly defined culture, organizations may default to hiring people who seem [to reflect] their leaders and will never challenge their policies and strategies.”
September 21, 2018
Kerr Russell sponsors, partners attend Metropolitan Detroit's Best and Brightest Companies to Work For 2018 event
Kerr Russell was pleased to be a silver sponsor for today’s Corp! Magazine / The Best and Brightest Programs event held at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center, celebrating those who create innovative, engaging, inclusive work cultures. Attending on behalf of the firm: Kate McCarroll, member - immigration; Miroslava Orduno Rincon, member - immigration; and Roy Sexton, director of marketing.
September 20, 2018
Kerr Russell recognizes our 2018 dbusiness Top Lawyers in Metro Detroit honorees
Kerr Russell recognizes this year’s dbusiness Top Lawyers in Metro Detroit honorees - 21 attorneys, many for multiple practice areas.
September 20, 2018
Kiefer Foundation Awards $50,000 in Scholarships to Winners of Hands Free Driving Contest
The Kiefer Foundation announced the winners of its Hands Free Driving Contest, Wednesday, Sept. 19 in a press conference at Detroit Police Headquarters, awarding $50,000 worth of scholarships to five winners.
September 7, 2018
15 Kerr Russell attorneys recognized as 2018 Super Lawyers
Congratulations to the following attorneys who have been designated Super Lawyers by Thomson Reuters:
August 22, 2018
Cross-industry panel addresses Engaging the Experienced Workforce at Kerr Russell/OESA hosted seminar
Kerr Russell, in partnership with the Original Equipment Suppliers Association, hosted a half-day seminar Engaging Experienced Employees on August 22. Thank you to OESA's Ginger Juncker for her expert leadership and facilitation and to Drew Rhodes for creating this opportunity for Kerr Russell to support.
August 15, 2018
15 lawyers from Kerr Russell were recognized in The Best Lawyers in America 2019
A total of 15 lawyers from Kerr Russell have been named to the prestigious 2019 Edition of the Best Lawyers in America . The award is given annually in recognition of being named as part of the “top legal talent in the U.S.”
August 7, 2018
Mark Knoth featured in Corp! Magazine article Leaders Under Legal Scrutiny (July/August 2018)
Mark Knoth, Kerr Russell member (labor and employment), is featured in the July/August Corp! Magazine article Leaders Under Legal Scrutiny. Excerpt: Knoth says there is a 50 to 55 percent chance that a sexual harassment case may be dismissed by a judge, but if it goes to trial, it can be very expensive for the company, both in terms of financial cost and bad publicity. Employee practices liability insurance may cover some costs. The increase in sexual harassment cases has legitimized the role of the human resource department and the importance of full background checks for prospective employees, Knoth notes.
July 22, 2018
Automotive Hall of Fame Gala honors Steve Kiefer and Kiefer Foundation - Mark Knoth, Kiefer Foundation board member, attends
On July 19, Kerr Russell member Mark Knoth attended The Automotive Hall of FameGala, where Steven Kiefer was honored for his groundbreaking work with The Kiefer Foundation to end distracted driving. Mark serves on the board of the Foundation. fellow attendee Chrissie Wywrot of Chrissie Wywrot, Inc. shared this image and description on LinkedIn. With her permission, we are sharing here as well.
June 25, 2018
Kerr Russell featured as advertiser in Corp! Magazine's annual Human Resources Guide
Be on the lookout for Corp! Magazine's special edition 2018 Human Resource Guide. From the publisher: In partnership with the Best & Brightest Companies to Work For, this issue focuses on best practices in the workplace.
May 25, 2018
Supreme Court Holds Class and Collective Action Waivers are Enforceable
On May 21, 2018, the Supreme Court issued its long-awaited decision addressing the enforceability of class or collective action waivers in employment arbitration agreements.
May 24, 2018
Michigan Civil Rights Commission Prohibits Discrimination Based on Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation
On May 21, 2018, the Michigan Civil Rights Commission (“MCRC”) voted that sex discrimination as addressed in the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act (“ELCRA”) will include discrimination on the basis of gender identity and sexual orientation.
April 23, 2018
Kerr Russell colleagues and family members spend Earth Day 2018 volunteering at Votrobeck Playground
In observance of Earth Day 2018, Kerr Russell colleagues returned to the garden at Votrobeck Playground in Detroit for spring planting and clean-up on Saturday, April 21. Thank you to Joanne Geha Swanson both for organizing the effort and for these beautiful photos - view the full album here.
April 3, 2018
Jury in Eastern District of Michigan Awards Plaintiff $16.8 Million in Employment Lawsuit
On March 28, 2018, a federal jury in the Eastern District of Michigan reached a verdict in an employment lawsuit involving hostile work environment and retaliation claims on the basis of race and national origin.
March 29, 2018
Detroit Public Television's PBSNewsHour and Nightly Business Report to be sponsored by Kerr Russell
Kerr Russell is pleased to support Detroit Public Television, and, beginning April 2, the following spot will air during PBS NewsHour (weekdays, 6-7 pm) and the Nightly Business Report (weekdays, 7-7:30 pm). View the spot here.
February 26, 2018
Kerr Russell's latest ad Driven By Results debuts in Crain's M&A, Biggest Deals issue this week
Kerr Russell's latest ad Driven By Results debuts in Crain's M&A, Biggest Deals issue this week. The ad emphasizes the firm's 143-year presence in Detroit as part of the larger business and legal community. We understand the region. We know what moves Michigan. We are committed to the community.
February 22, 2018
Katherine Cser contributes Proposed Tip-Pooling Regulation: Impact on Restaurateurs” to American Bar Association Section of Litigation, Employment and Labor Relations Law
Katherine Cser, associate (labor and employment), contributed the article “Proposed Tip-Pooling Regulation: Impact on Restaurateurs” to the American Bar Association Section of Litigation, Employment and Labor Relations Law.
February 14, 2018
Kerr Russell lunch and learn with Sterling Insurance Group
Kerr Russell hosted a lunch and learn on February 14 with Brandon Horrocks (certified risk architect), Joan Giffels, and team from Sterling Insurance Group. They facilitated a robust dialogue about assessing and mitigating client risk as well as rep and warranty issues.
January 26, 2018
Download Kerr Russell's updated firm brochure and overview of services
Kerr Russell is proud of Detroit. We are proud to have had a seat at the table here since 1874. Our exceptional attorneys understand the unique challenges facing business leaders. Our legal solutions are prompt, accurate, economical, and focused around your needs in every area. We know Michigan business like the back of our hands.
January 15, 2018
Influencing the Legal Landscape - new Kerr Russell ad to appear in dbusiness
Kerr Russell introduces the third ad in the new Est. in Detroit 1874 series: Influencing the legal landscape. The piece emphasizes the firm's 143-year presence in Detroit as part of the larger business and legal community. We don't sit on the sidelines. We are active in industry groups and we're driving legislative change. We are leaders in the law.
January 3, 2018
Kerr Russell highlighted in Best Lawyers - Business, Winter 2017 issue
Look for Kerr Russell attorneys and advertising (pages 92-95) in the Best Lawyers - Business, Winter 2017 issue. Earlier in 2017, a number of Kerr Russell's attorneys and practice areas were honored with U.S. News and World Report Best Lawyers recognition.
December 18, 2017
Kerr Russell team makes holiday donations to Capuchin Soup Kitchen, Wigs 4 Kids, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Ann Arbor, and Children's Hospital of Michigan
One of our traditions here at Kerr Russell is to hold a holiday raffle to benefit three local charities as well as to conduct a toy drive for local children. This year's raffle (many of the beautiful and festive prizes picture here) raised a record total of $3,450 which will be divided equally among three organizations: Capuchin Soup Kitchen, Wigs 4 Kids of Michigan, Inc., and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Ann Arbor.
December 4, 2017
Michigan Minimum Wage Increase to Take Effect on January 1, 2018
Effective January 1, 2018, Michigan’s minimum wage will increase from $8.90 per hour to $9.25 per hour. This is a scheduled increase mandated by the Workforce Opportunity Wage Act, Public Act 138 of 2014.
November 30, 2017
Merry and bright ... Kerr Russell welcomes the holiday season
It's a time to celebrate, reflect and remember. However you mark the holidays, we hope your days are filled with warmth and thankfulness, good times, and endless cheer. As another year draws to a close, we at Kerr Russell are grateful to you. You give purpose to our work and add meaning to our relationships. Your trust is a cherished gift. Enjoy these images as we get our offices ready to celebrate the holiday season. Design by Mandy Lark of Lark Interior Design.
November 16, 2017
Culture of Connection - new Kerr Russell ad to appear in Michigan Lawyers Weekly and dbusiness
Kerr Russell introduces the second ad in the new Est. in Detroit 1874 series: A culture of connection. The piece emphasizes the firm's 143-year presence in Detroit as part of the larger business and legal community. We are relationship focused. We know our people and our clients are the lifeblood of our firm.
November 3, 2017
Kerr Russell launches new advertising in upcoming issues of dbusiness and Crain's Detroit
With this month's issue of dbusiness, focused on Top Lawyers in Metro Detroit, Kerr Russell launches its new brand advertising with A Track Record of Results. Working with Identity Public Relations and Marketing, Kerr Russell's marketing team developed the creative to emphasize the firm's longstanding place in Detroit's legal and business history.
November 3, 2017
Kerr Russell recognizes this year’s dbusiness Top Lawyers in Metro Detroit honorees
Kerr Russell recognizes this year’s dbusiness Top Lawyers in Metro Detroit honorees:
November 2, 2017
Mark Knoth offers insight on white collar overtime exemption under Trump administration
In the latest issue of dbusiness, Mark Knoth, labor and employment partner, addresses the question: What should businesses expect to happen with the 'white collar' overtime exemption under the Trump administration? View the original post here.
November 1, 2017
Kerr Russell ranked in the 2018 U.S. News - Best Lawyers Best Law Firms list nationally in 1 practice area and regionally in 17 practice areas
U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers, for the eighth consecutive year, announce the Best Law Firms rankings.
October 30, 2017
California Joins List of States and Municipalities Banning Salary Inquiries
Starting on January 1, 2018 employers with operations in California will no longer be able to seek or rely on salary information. Governor Brown recently signed Assembly Bill 168, which adds Section 432.3 to the California Labor Code.
October 5, 2017
Supreme Court to Consider FLSA Exemption for Automobile Dealerships’ Service Advisors
The Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) requires most employers to pay workers overtime for hours worked over 40 in any given week. However, the FLSA creates exceptions for workers in specific categories.
September 12, 2017
16 Kerr Russell attorneys recognized as 2017 Super Lawyers
Congratulations to the following attorneys who have been designated Super Lawyers by Thomson Reuters.
August 31, 2017
U.S. Office of Management and Budget initiates review and immediate stay of the government’s pay data collection process
In keeping with President Trump’s promise to cut regulations to promote business growth, on August 29, 2017, the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs announced that the Office of Management and Budget was initiating a review and immediate stay of the government’s pay data collection process, specifically, the enforcement of an Obama-era rule which revised EEO-1 reports.
August 21, 2017
17 lawyers from Kerr Russell were recognized in The Best Lawyers in America 2018
A total of 17 lawyers from Kerr Russell have been named to the prestigious 2018 Edition of the Best Lawyers in America . The award is given annually in recognition of being named as part of the “top legal talent in the U.S.”
August 15, 2017
Mark Knoth quoted in Bloomberg Law: Bureau of National Affairs article “Should Employers Cover Pot to Battle Opioid Addiction?” by Sean Forbes
Mark Knoth is quoted in the Bloomberg Law: Bureau of National Affairs article “Should Employers Cover Pot to Battle Opioid Addiction?” by Sean Forbes. You can read the piece here.*
August 10, 2017
A culture of giving
If you want to know how a firm can thrive for over 140 years in a city that has faced considerable challenges, walk through the door of Kerr Russell’s suite on the 25th floor of the Detroit Center and get a feel for the people.
May 3, 2017
Mark Knoth speaks at OESA event highlighting first 100 days of the Trump administration
Attorney Mark Knoth spoke and participated in a panel discussion before the Original Equipment Suppliers Association ( OESA ) on May 3, 2017 at a forum focused on labor and employment developments during the first 100 days of the Trump administration and beyond.
November 19, 2016
Federal District Judge Halts Implementation of New Overtime Rule by Mark Knoth
A nationwide preliminary injunction was issued on Tuesday, November 22, 2016, by Texas Federal District Court Judge Amos Mazzant preventing the implementation of a revised Department of Labor rule set to take effect on December 1, 2016.
November 7, 2016
Kerr Russell attorneys named 2017 Top Lawyers by dBusiness Magazine
Kerr Russell counts 11 attorneys among this year’s Top Lawyers as recognized by dBusiness magazine. The 2017 Top Lawyers were selected based on a peer review survey of 19,000 attorneys in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Washtenaw, and Livingston counties. Attorneys are asked to nominate lawyers among 48 legal specialties.
March 25, 2015
Mark Knoth writes article Supreme Court Signals Pregnant Employee Accommodation May Be Required
In a 6-3 decision issued today (3-23-2015), the US Supreme Court revived a pregnant United Parcel Service (“UPS”) employee’s pregnancy discrimination claim alleging that UPS failed to accommodate her work limitations while pregnant.