William J. Vincent represents management in a variety of labor and employment relations and litigation matters, including:

  • Employment and disability discrimination
  • Harassment
  • Retaliation
  • Wrongful termination
  • Federal and state civil rights agency investigations
  • Employee discipline and performance counseling
  • Non-compete claims
  • Sales commission claims
  • General liability and commercial litigation

Bill appears in state and federal courts and before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Michigan Department of Civil Rights. He also represents clients in arbitration.

Additionally, Bill has specific knowledge regarding:

  • Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
  • The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA)
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
  • The Equal Pay Act
  • Michigan's Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act
  • Michigan's Persons with Disabilities Civil Rights Act
  • Michigan's Whistleblowers' Protection Act
  • Michigan's Workers' Disability Compensation Act

Bill works with a wide range of clients, including:

  • Skilled nursing and assisted living facilities
  • Medical device manufacturers
  • Retailers
  • Publicly-regulated utilities
  • Financial institutions
  • Educational institutions
  • Manufacturers
  • Service sector companies

Bill is one of the co-founders of Littler's Detroit office and also helped found its predecessor firm, where he practiced for 14 years.

Professional & Community Affiliations


American Bar Association


Michigan Bar Association


Defense Research Institute


Michigan Defense Trial Counsel


Incorporated Society of Irish-American Lawyers


Catholic Lawyers Society


The Detroit Catholic School Heritage Project


Awarded, AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rating


Named, Leading Lawyers

Law Bulletin Publishing Company


Named, The Best Lawyers in America©


Speaking Engagements

Return to Work in Michigan – Managing the Next Phase of the Pandemic

June 1, 2020

The Employee From Hell Part 2: The Tables Are Turned

Detroit, MI

May 22, 2018

The Employee from Hell

Detroit, MI

November 14, 2017

New Developments on the FMLA and ADA: Keeping Your Company Out of the Headlines

Detroit, MI

September 24, 2015


  • J.D., Detroit College of Law, 1985
  • B.A., Michigan State University, 1982

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