Karen L. Piper

Karen L. Piper

Bodman PLC

Recognized since 2021

Troy, Michigan

Practice Areas

Labor Law - Management

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Ms. Piper specializes in workplace law, education law, and litigation.

She represents and counsels employers on contemporary employment law issues, such as workplace bullying; social media issues; background checks; and employee privacy; as well as traditional employment law issues such as discrimination, sexual and other forms of illegal harassment, and retaliation issues; accommodating employees with disabilities; FMLA issues; wage and hour issues; reductions-in-force, discipline and discharge issues; and affirmative action plans. Ms. Piper has conducted a number of employment investigations and training seminars for a variety of clients.

Ms. Piper also has successfully defended numerous discrimination and wrongful discharge cases at the administrative, trial, and appellate levels. She has particular expertise representing employers, parishes, schools and social service agencies, including the Archdiocese of Detroit, Catholic Social Services, Hillsdale College, and Holy Cross Children's Services, in litigation.

Ms. Piper is a frequent speaker to industry and professional groups, including the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, Detroit Society of Human Resource Management, Financial Institutions Compliance Cooperative, National Catholic Education Association, Archdiocese of Detroit, Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit-Alliance for Jewish Education, and SHRM. She served as an adjunct professor at Madonna University where she taught a graduate course on legal issues in education for the Catholic School Leadership Program.

Contact & Links
  • 201 West Big Beaver Road, Suite 500
    Troy, MI 48084
  • University of Michigan, J.D.
  • Wayne State University, B.A.
Bar Admissions
  • Michigan, Bar of Michigan
Court Admissions
  • U.S. Ct. of Appeals, 6th Cir.
  • U.S. District Ct., E.D. Mich.
  • U.S. District Ct., W.D. Mich.
  • U.S. Supreme Ct.

Bodman PLC
Headquarters: Detroit, Michigan

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Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2024 for work in:
  • Labor Law - Management
Additional Areas of Practice:
  • Education Law
  • Employment Law - Management


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