Board of Trustees: Maurice G. Jenkins, '81
Maurice Jenkins is a managing partner at Jackson Lewis in Detroit. He has practiced labor and employment law for more than 29 years. He has litigated labor and employment cases in various states around the country, and has extensive experience in preventive counseling to management with respect to legal compliance, labor issues arising from corporate reorganizations, and wrongful discharge and discrimination issues. Mr. Jenkins is a recognized litigator who has first chaired jury trials, labor and civil rights arbitrations, NLRB hearings and state civil rights administrative cases for such companies as General Motors, Ford Motor Company, SBC/AT&T, Magna International, Webasto Roof Systems, national, regional and local retailers, pharmaceutical manufacturers, and automotive dealers.
On the labor side, Mr. Jenkins has counseled and handled many NLRB ULP charges involving election campaign-related conduct; failure to bargain; discrimination with respect to discipline and other terms and conditions of employment; and various claims alleging simple interference. Additionally, he has been the point person for providing legal guidance and communications strategies (with and without consultants) to employers that are undergoing union organizing activity.
In addition, Mr. Jenkins has conducted investigations of workplace fatalities; improper conduct on the part of procurement agents; and alleged workplace harassment. He has also handled whistleblower investigations and litigation; investigated alleged financial reporting improprieties; provided assessments and advice with respect to establishing and maintaining effective employee "hotlines" and other internal reporting structures; and evaluated conflict of interest guidelines implemented by various multinational companies.
Mr. Jenkins is a seasoned and business savvy labor and employment lawyer who has been counted upon by companies to represent them before the NLRB and in the courtroom. An accountant before becoming a lawyer, Mr. Jenkins began his professional career as a financial and tax analyst at General Motors Corporation and then, after graduating from law school, he advanced to become GM's chief labor counsel before embarking on a career in private practice. Since entering private practice Mr. Jenkins has represented global automotive OEMs and suppliers, and companies involved in global telecommunications, pharmaceutical manufacturing, entertainment media, and major retailers.
Mr. Jenkins, who has served as a member of the ABA's Task Force on Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX), has also handled internal investigations and litigation arising under SOX.