William B. Balke represents management in labor and employment relations and provides employment litigation defense against all types of claims, including:

  • Discrimination
  • Harassment
  • Retaliation
  • Disability discrimination
  • Wrongful termination

Often working with utility and retail clients, he appears in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies, such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Michigan Department of Civil Rights.  He has particular expertise with claims arising under:

  • Title VII of the Civil Rights Act
  • The Americans With Disabilities Act
  • The Age Discrimination in Employment Act
  • The Family and Medical Leave Act
  • The Fair Labor Standards Act
  • The Michigan Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act
  • The Michigan Persons with Disabilities Civil Rights Act
  • The Michigan Wage and Fringe Benefit Act
  • The Michigan Bullard-Plawecki Right to Know Act
  • The Michigan Minimum Wage Act
  • The Michigan Polygraph Protection Act
  • The Michigan Whistleblowers' Protection Act
  • The Michigan Sales Representative Act

Additionally, William handles arbitrations and provides his clients with advice and counseling on a range of employment law issues.

Prior to joining Littler Mendelson, William was a founding shareholder of a law firm in Detroit where he practiced for 13 years. He also worked as an associate and partner at another firm in Detroit.

Professional & Community Affiliations


Federal Bar Association


American Bar Association


Named, The Best Lawyers in America©


Named, Lawyer of the Year

Labor Law - Management, Detroit

The Best Lawyers in America©

2017, 2021

Awarded, AV® Peer Review Rating


Named, Leading Lawyers


Law Bulletin Publishing Company


News, Analysis & Press

Michigan Enacts Right to Work Laws


December 21, 2012


  • J.D., University of Detroit School of Law, 1983magna cum laude
  • B.A., University of Detroit, 1974

Bar Admission



  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado