Member News

Ogletree Deakins Bolsters Capabilities Across U.S., Adds Two Shareholders in Detroit and One in Sacramento

ATLANTA – August 1, 2017 – Ogletree Deakins, one of the largest labor and employment law firms representing management, is pleased to welcome Bill Pilchak, Dan Cohen, and Mike Nader as shareholders. Pilchak and Cohen, who will be based in the firm’s Detroit (Metro) office, join the firm from Pilchak & Cohen, a boutique labor and employment law firm founded by the two attorneys. Nader, who joins the firm’s Sacramento office, was previously of counsel and later a shareholder with Ogletree from 2010-2013. He rejoins the firm from E. & J. Gallo Winery, where he was associate general counsel.

“We are excited to welcome Dan, Bill, and Mike to Ogletree Deakins,” said Matt Keen, managing shareholder of Ogletree Deakins. “They are all exemplary lawyers and will be of great benefit to the Detroit and Sacramento offices, as well as the firm as a whole.”

Pilchak is a labor and employment attorney with more than 33 years of experience exclusively representing management in employment litigation and counsel. A former senior trial attorney for the Oakland County prosecutor’s office, Pilchak has conducted dozens of jury trials in state and federal courts. He is a frequent lecturer and author on employment law topics, addressing such groups as the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE), the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants, the Oakland County District Judges Association, and the Michigan Court Administrators Association. He was appointed to the American Bar Association’s National Sexual Harassment Mock Trial Defense Team and the ABA Mock Trial Faculty for the National Institute for the Americans with Disabilities Act. Pilchak has briefed Congressional staffers and members of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate on issues related to the ADA and the FMLA. He has addressed groups across North America on the psychiatric profile of plaintiffs in sexual harassment cases, including an address at the Annual Meeting of the American Bar Association. Pilchak earned his J.D. from the University of Detroit.

Cohen has represented employers in a full range of labor and employment legal matters for nearly three decades. He devotes a large part of his practice to assisting human resource professionals with the administration of workplace policies and procedures, with an emphasis on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), discrimination, harassment, and retaliation under Title VII and state law, wage and hour compliance, affirmative action, union negotiations and contract administration, arbitration, and union elections. Cohen has extensive experience litigating in state and federal court, before the National Labor Relations Board and Michigan Employment Relations Commission. He regularly defends class and collective actions, and enforces restrictive covenants. A frequent writer and lecturer, Cohen has spoken on labor and employment issues to organizations including the American Bar Association, American Society of Industrial Security, Michigan Chamber of Commerce, Council on Education, and Michigan Association of Chiropractors. Cohen earned his J.D. from George Washington University.

A highly skilled litigator, advisor, counselor, and trainer with more than 20 years of experience, Nader represents employers in employment-related litigation in federal and state courts, and before administrative agencies. He focuses his practice on wage and hour class action litigation, and on defending wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, and retaliation claims. Nader regularly provides practical legal advice for employers on how to best achieve their business goals while managing risk under California’s employment laws. His counsel covers the full range of workplace issues, including wage and hour compliance, harassment prevention, performance management, disability accommodations and the interactive process, managing leaves of absence, adopting compliant policies and practices, and protecting trade secrets. Nader earned his J.D., cum laude, from Notre Dame Law School and an LL.M., magna cum laude, from Notre Dame Center for Civil and Human Rights.


About Ogletree Deakins

Ogletree Deakins is one of the largest labor and employment law firms representing management in all types of employment-related legal matters. Premier client service, as outlined in the firm’s Client Pledge, is one of the firm’s top priorities and a cornerstone of its core values. U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” has named Ogletree Deakins a “Law Firm of the Year” for six consecutive years. In 2017, the publication named Ogletree Deakins its “Law Firm of the Year” in the Labor Law – Management category. Ogletree Deakins has more than 800 attorneys located in 52 offices across the United States and in Europe, Canada, and Mexico. The firm represents a diverse range of clients, from small businesses to Fortune 50 companies.


Compliments of Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C., a member of the EACCNY