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Samuel C. McKnight

Attorney Samuel C. McKnight - Michigan Labor & Employment Lawyer

Attorney Profile

Of Counsel
Phone: (248) 354-9650
Email: [email protected]

Samuel C. McKnight is one of the founders of the firm. He graduated from Georgetown University in 1967 with a Phi Beta Kappa key. He received a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Michigan in 1973. He has been a member of the Michigan State Bar since 1973. He is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, and the Sixth, Tenth and District of Columbia Circuits of the United States Courts of Appeal. He has practiced in federal district courts in Michigan, Illinois, New York and Ohio.

Sam has personally been awarded the highest rating (AV) by Martindale Hubbell. He is listed in Naifeh and Smith’s Best Lawyers in America in the field of labor and employment law. He has served as the Chair of the Labor and Employment Law Section Council of the State Bar of Michigan.

Sam has been recognized nationally for his expertise in providing labor organizations with advice and consultation during difficult contract negotiations. He directed several high profile, successful, contract campaigns for labor organizations, including those at the New York Daily News, the Detroit News and Free Press, Toledo Blade, FOX-TV, WDIV- TV and the Detroit Area Beer Distributors.  He has also been involved in large scale organizing campaigns, including the American Water nationwide contract campaign involving nine international unions.

Sam has been class counsel in complex litigation involving retiree health care benefits for retirees and/or surviving spouses. Sam has been a Trustee on the Laundry Industries and Laundry Workers Local 129 Welfare Fund for many years.

Sam has represented both public sector and private sector unions in contract negotiations and benefit issues, including the House Officers Association (University of Michigan), Utility Workers Local 223, SEIU International Union, Teamsters Locals, the UAW International Union and various Locals, Toledo Blade unions and various Broadcast Employees (NABET) Locals. Sam was General Counsel to the Utility Workers Union of America (National Union).

Sam has frequently been a speaker at law schools, at lawyers’ conferences and at union conferences throughout the country on strategies and tactics in campaigns to achieve goals through bargaining.

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