James J. Boutrous II
McDonald Hopkins LLC
Address: 39533 Woodward Avenue, Suite 318
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304

Membership: Professional Associations•American Bar Association •State Bar of Michigan •Arab American Bar Association
University: University of Notre Dame, B.A., with honors, 1992, Wayne State University, J.D., 1995
Admitted: 1995, Michigan; 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
Biography: Professional ExperienceJim is managing member of the firm's Detroit office. 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. Publications• The National Labor Relations Board Strikes Down Overbroad Social Media Policy, RBMA Monthly Legal Update Digest October 2012 • The New (Old) Rules: EEOC Issues Guidance on Use of Arrest and Conviction Records in Employment Decisions, RBMA Monthly Legal Update Digest July 2012 • Time to Evaluate Your Recruiting, Hiring and Accommodating Practices, RBMA Monthly Legal Update Digest May 2012 • Personal Emails on Work Computers: Are They Fair Game for Employers? RBMA Monthly Legal Update Digest April 2012 • Wage and Hour Compliance: Essential to Avoid Litigation in Healthcare Industry, RBMA Monthly Legal Update Digest April 2012 • Time to evaluate your recruiting, hiring and accommodating practices: EEOC issues revised guides for employers and veterans with disabilities, McDonald Hopkins LLC Alert, March 2012 • Wage and hour compliance essential to avoid litigation in healthcare industry, McDonald Hopkins LLC Alert, March 2012 • EEOC Issues Final Rules Implementing ADA Amendments Act, McDonald Hopkins LLC Alert, April 2011 • Rapid Changes in the Restrictive Covenant Arena, McDonald Hopkins LLC Alert, December 2010 • Minimizing The Risks Associated With Obtaining Applicant/Employee Credit Reports, McDonald Hopkins LLC Alert, November 2010 • Social Media's Continuing Impact, McDonald Hopkins LLC Alert, November 2010 • The Web of Social Media is Catching Plaintiffs - Are You Prepared?, McDonald Hopkins LLC Alert, October 2010 • FMLA 'Clarified:' DOL's Administrative Interpretation Asserts Broad Coverage for Caregivers Acting 'In Loco Parentis ', McDonald Hopkins LLC Alert, July 2010 • Employer Eyes Are Watching You: Supreme Court Addresses Employee Privacy Issues, McDonald Hopkins LLC Alert, June 2010 • EMPLOYERS BEWARE: Present Effects of Prior Discriminatory Decisions Can Lead to Title VII Liability, McDonald Hopkins LLC Alert, June 2010 • Bigger Isn't Better - Nation's Biggest Discount Retailer Part of Largest Class Action Lawsuit Ever, McDonald Hopkins LLC Alert, May 2010 • Beware Employment Waivers: The Sixth Circuit rules that an employee's right-to-sue waiver and agreement to alternative dispute resolution must be “knowing and voluntary”, McDonald Hopkins LLC Alert, May 2010 • Social Media - The New Frontier In Employment and Commercial Law, McDonald Hopkins LLC Alert, May 2010 • Illinois House Proposes New Covenants Not to Compete Act, McDonald Hopkins LLC Alert, April 2010 • Department of Labor Issues Revised H-2A Regulations for Temporary Agricultural Workers, McDonald Hopkins LLC Alert, February 2010 • The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation's Deductible Program Expands: Employers Get Greater Opportunity to Control Workers' Compensation Costs, McDonald Hopkins LLC Alert, February 2010 •MDTC: Non-Competition and Trade Secret Agreements and Litigation - Protect Your Clients' Business Information and Most Valued Relationships (2005) •“Patient v. Practice” - Non-Competition Agreements for Physicians (2006) •Crain's Detroit Business: Noncompete Agreements: One Size Doesn't Fit All (2008) •Michigan Lawyers Weekly: Controlled Delete - Safe-Harbor Provision in New E-Discovery Rules Protects Against Inadvertent Data Disappearance (2009) •Employment Law360: Non-Compete Agreements: Choice of Law Matters (2009) Presentations• How to say you're fired! Avoiding Mistakes in Terminating Employees, McDonald Hopkins LLC Business Hour, November 13, 2014 • Avoiding Mistakes in Handling ADA Situations, McDonald Hopkins LLC Business Hour, July 24, 2014 • Avoiding Mistakes in Administering FMLA Leave, McDonald Hopkins LLC Business Hour, May 7, 2014 • Avoiding mistakes that may lead to a government investigation, McDonald Hopkins LLC Business Hour, February 12, 2014 • How To for Employers: Discipline, Documentation and Investigation, McDonald Hopkins LLC Business Hour, June 27, 2013 • 'How To' for Employers - Hiring: Getting it right from the start, McDonald Hopkins LLC Webcast, May 2013 • Avoiding Legal Pitfalls in a Social Media World, Social Media Week, Miami, Florida, February 2013 • Managing Employer Risk and Liability, Sterling Insurance Group, Sterling Heights, Michigan, January 2013 • Technology and the Employment Relationship: The New Frontier, McDonald Hopkins Annual Labor and Employment Seminar, November 2012 • Workplace Investigations: The who, what, when, why, and how, McDonald Hopkins LLC Webcast, March 2012 • Employment Law Update: Trends, Hot Topics and Top Risks, McDonald Hopkins LLC Webcast, July, 2011 • Is Social Media On Your Mind? The top 5 questions you should be asking, McDonald Hopkins LLC Webcast, April, 2011 • Mission Workplace Solutions: Helping you spring ahead of your labor and employment challenges, McDonald Hopkins LLC Webcast, October, 2010 • Social Media is on a fast track! Is your company on the right track?, McDonald Hopkins LLC Webcast, May, 2010 • Safeguarding Your Market Share and Trade Secrets, McDonald Hopkins LLC Webcast, January, 2010 •Sterling Education Services, LLC: Practical Applications of Employment Law (2003) •ICLE Intellectual Property Spring Seminar: A Multi-State Survey on Employment and Non-compete Agreements in the IP Landscape (2006) •State Bar of Michigan: The Age of Electronic Discovery - Are You Ready? (2007) •State Bar of Michigan Labor and Employment Section “Spring” - Board: E-Discovery - How to Ask for the Right Stuff (2008) •InsideCounsel: Your Assets are at Risk - Three Easy Steps to Protect Them (2009) Awards and Honors•Selected for inclusion in Michigan Super Lawyers (2010-2015) •Named one of the Best Lawyers in America (2012-2016) Community Activities•DeLaSalle Collegiate High School (Board Member 2001-2008) •Notre Dame Alumni Club of Detroit (President)