Robert R. "Bob" Cleary

Robert R. "Bob" Cleary

Dean and Fulkerson

Recognized since 2021

Troy, Michigan

Practice Areas

Labor Law - Management

Litigation - Labor and Employment

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Bob Cleary has significant experience both in the traditional labor setting representing management in collective bargaining situations and in the employment litigation setting where he has managed and defended a variety of discrimination, retaliation and harassment cases advanced in state and federal courts and state and federal agencies.

In addition to his experience in private practice, Bob has twice served within a corporate client’s legal staff, most recently for five years as Vice President – Employee Relations for the Taubman Company where he was responsible for all employment-related legal matters, which included union and non-union employees. Bob also counseled Taubman’s Development Group providing legal oversight with regard to construction projects, collective bargaining with trade unions, and employment-related due diligence in mergers and acquisitions. His responsibilities included the in-house defense and administration of charges brought before the EEOC and various state civil rights agencies, and responses to union-related matters brought before the NLRB.

Bob’s broad labor and employment background involves over 35 years representing clients from a diverse range of industries including manufacturing, transportation, property management, construction, retail, public and private education, and the public sector. He is also adept with respect to project employment arrangements to meet client objectives such as the use of contract employees, independent contractors and leased employees. Bob has also worked closely with clients in the precise development of complex reduction-in-force initiatives and in the strategic implementation of alternate dispute resolution systems. Bob served as a charter member of the Advisory Panel of the National Employment Mediation Services.

Bob is a frequent speaker for the Association of Corporate Counsel, the Institute of Continuing Legal Education, the Original Equipment Suppliers Association, and the American Society of Employers.

Contact & Links
  • 100 West Big Beaver Road, Suite 650
    Troy, MI 48084
  • English
  • University of Detroit Mercy, J.D.
  • University of Notre Dame, B.A.
Bar Admissions
  • Michigan, 1977
  • Country Club of Detroit - Board of Governors and Past President
  • Friends of Bon Secours Hospital - Board of Directors
  • Michigan Inter-Club Swimming Association - Board of Directors and Past President
  • Notre Dame Alumni Association of Detroit - Board of Directors
Court Admissions
  • All Michigan Courts
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • United States Federal District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • United States Federal District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • United States Federal District Court, Northern District of Georgia
  • United States Federal District Court, Northern District of Ohio

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2024 for work in:
  • Labor Law - Management
  • Litigation - Labor and Employment
  • Top Lawyer by dBusiness magazine, 2010
  • AV-rated, Martindale Hubbell Law Directory


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