Michael A. Chichester represents employers in labor and employment relations and employment litigation defense of all types, including:

  • Employment discrimination
  • Harassment
  • Retaliation
  • Disability discrimination
  • Wrongful termination

Appearing in state and federal courts, he most frequently works with retailers, utilities, healthcare providers, transportation companies, and professional corporations and has particular experience defending clients in claims involving:

  • Title VII
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act
  • The Age Discrimination in Employment Act
  • The Family and Medical Leave Act
  • The Elliot Larsen Civil Rights Act
  • The Michigan Persons with Disabilities Civil Rights Act
  • The Michigan Whistleblower's Protection Act
  • The Michigan Wages and Fringe Benefits Act
  • The Michigan Medical Marijuana Act

Michael has a deep interest on the impact of advanced technology on the workforce and is co-chair of Littler’s Robotics, Artificial Intelligence and Automation practice group. 

Prior to joining Littler Mendelson, Michael worked as an associate at a mid-size Detroit law firm, where his practice primarily consisted of representing employees in labor and employment matters. In law school, he was managing editor of the University of Detroit Mercy Law Review.

Professional & Community Affiliations


Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association


Federal Bar Association


Recipient, Honorable Ralph M. Freeman Law School Scholarship

News, Analysis & Press

COVID Is Accelerating the Gig Economy

Today's General Counsel

April 28, 2021

What Lawyers Want Everyone to Know About AI Liability

Information Week

February 22, 2021

Michigan OSHA Adopts COVID-19 Emergency Rule

SHRM Online

October 22, 2020

The Twenty-First Amendment Accommodates the Dormant Commerce Clause: Did the United States Supreme Court Awaken a Sleeping Giant with Its Decision on Granholm v. Heald?

84 U, Det. Mercy L. Rev. 161

Case Digest: People v. Tierny

84 U. Det. Mercy L. Rev. 161

Speaking Engagements

OSHA Compliance Made Easier

Client Webinar

December 9, 2020

Make Way for Michigan's Paid Medical Leave Act

March 19, 2019

Artificial Intelligence: Taking the "Human" Out of Human Resources

Greater Ann Arbor SHRM

March 12, 2019

Wage and Hour Headaches: What Every Employer Needs to Know

Detroit, MI

September 21, 2016


  • J.D., University of Detroit School of Law, 2007summa cum laude
  • B.A., Aquinas Collegecum laude

Bar Admission



  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan