James J. Boutrous II


Practice Focus

Professional Experience

Jim is Chair of the firm’s Labor and Employment Practice Group. He has extensive non-compete and trade secret experience, which includes counseling, auditing and drafting agreements. Jim’s national practice involves both prosecuting and defending employers in non-competition and trade secret litigation, with significant injunction hearing experience. He regularly advises healthcare clients regarding restrictive covenant, trade secret and employment issues related to physicians, sales representatives, customer account representatives, key administrators, and technical and clinical personnel. He is a member of the Non-Compete/Trade Secrets Subcommittee of the American Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law Section. Jim is also a skilled employment litigator, with trial experience in employment discrimination matters, defending employers in labor arbitrations, as well as labor and employment counseling.

Jim is an author of the Employer Legal Advocate, a blog that provides executives, managers, human resources professionals, and labor relations personnel with easy-to-understand, accurate and informative articles on the latest legal developments and how to apply them in the workplace.

Cases / Matters

  • Kelly Services v. Marzullo, 591 F. Supp. 2d 924 (ED Mich 2008): Successfully enforced restrictive covenant agreement against regional manager based in Texas
  • Wilder v. Sonic Automotive, AAA Case No. 54 460 01599 06: Received “no cause” arbitration award in two day arbitration where sales manager was alleging race and gender discrimination


  • Wayne State University, J.D. (1995)
  • University of Notre Dame, B.A., with honors (1992)

State Admissions

  • Michigan

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association 
  • State Bar of Michigan 
  • Arab American Bar Association



Awards and Honors

  • Selected for inclusion in Michigan Super Lawyers (2010-2013)
  • Named one of the Best Lawyers in America (2012-2014)

Community Activities

  • DeLaSalle Collegiate High School (Board Member 2001-2008) 
  • Notre Dame Alumni Club of Detroit (President)
  • (McDonald Hopkins PLC)
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