William B. Balke - Littler Mendelson P.C.

William B. Balke

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2007
Phone: 313-446-6403

William B. Balke represents management in labor and employment relations and provides employment litigation defense against all types of claims, including:

  • Discrimination
  • Harassment
  • Retaliation
  • Disability discrimination
  • Wrongful termination

Often working with utility and retail clients, he appears in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies, such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Michigan Department of Civil Rights.  He has particular expertise with claims arising under:

  • Title VII
  • The Americans With Disabilities Act
  • The Age Discrimination in Employment Act
  • The Family and Medical Leave Act
  • The Fair Labor Standards Act
  • The Michigan Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act
  • The Michigan Persons with Disabilities Civil Rights Act
  • The Michigan Wage and Fringe Benefit Act
  • The Michigan Bullard-Plawecki Right to Know Act
  • The Michigan Minimum Wage Act
  • The Michigan Polygraph Protection Act
  • The Michigan Whistleblowers' Protection Act
  • The Michigan Sales Representative Act

Additionally, William handles arbitrations and provides his clients with advice and counseling on a range of employment law issues.

Prior to joining Littler Mendelson, William was a founding shareholder of a law firm in Detroit where he practiced for 13 years. He also worked as an associate and partner at another firm in Detroit.

University of DetroitBA University of Detroit School of LawJ.D.
American Bar AssociationFederal Bar Association

Case History

Other Court Admissions
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado

Office Location

200 Renaissance Center, Suite 3110
Detroit, MI 48243
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2017 Lawyer of the Year in Labor Law - Management of the Detroit Metro Area
William B. Balke has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2017!

Practice Areas

Employment Law - Management
Labor Law - Management