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Firm History

Sachs Waldman, Professional Corporation, has its origins in the mid-1920s with a single practitioner, Nicholas J. Rothe. Mr. Rothe is regarded by many as Michigan's first labor union lawyer, a reputation initially earned by keeping pickets and strikers out of jail. Two decades later, Theodore Sachs drafted Michigan's basic labor relations laws. Building on our historical foundations, the firm's diverse team of experienced lawyers operates out of offices in Detroit and Madison Heights, Michigan.

Sachs Waldman is rated a Tier 1 Detroit law firm by U.S. News and World Report for labor law, employment law, labor and employment litigation, employee benefits (ERISA), personal injury litigation and products liability litigation. The firm continues as the preeminent union-side labor relations firm in Michigan and one of the leading such firms in the nation. For over four decades the firm has served as General Counsel to the Michigan State AFL-CIO and continues to represent large numbers of its affiliates, serving as general, special or regional counsel to international unions or their locals such as the United Auto Workers, American Federation of Teachers, Hotel and Restaurant Workers, Operating Engineers, Utility Workers, Musicians, Machinists, Musicians and Bakery Workers. Our labor relations practice is diverse and includes complex litigation for both public and private sector unions, administrative agency proceedings, negotiations and contract drafting. Additionally, Sachs Waldman represents a large number of jointly trusted multi-employer Taft-Hartley plans such as pension plans, health and welfare plans, retiree VEBAs, prepaid legal plans and others. The firm also specializes in election and campaign finance law, and provides legal counsel to many political organizations, candidates and ballot committees. Over the years the firm has been involved in many landmark constitutional law cases, including legislative apportionment, congressional apportionment, public sector agency shop, remedial workers compensation laws, voter registration laws, free speech, and other -- a number of these argued in the U.S. Supreme Court.

Sachs Waldman has a robust and successful personal injury litigation practice, including motor vehicle liability, No Fault benefits, premises liability, product liability and general tort litigation. The firm also specializes in the representation of injured workers and their families in industrial and construction accident litigation. The firm specializes in the representation of injured seafarers and Maritime Workers in Admiralty cases , as well as injured Railroad Workers in FELA cases. The firm handles wrongful discharge and employment discrimination claims, both in organized and unorganized settings.

Sachs Waldman is recognized in Michigan and beyond as a progressive, vigorous and effective representative of labor organizations and their members, as well as a significant force in plaintiff's personal injury litigation .