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Thomas Cattel • Shareholder

Ogletree Deakins • Bloomfield Hills (Metro Detroit), Michigan

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Ogletree Deakins
Governor's Place, Suite 120
33 Bloomfield Hills Parkway
Bloomfield Hills (Metro Detroit), Michigan 48304
phone 248-593-6400
fax  248-593-2603


Since 1981, Mr. Cattel has focused his practice on the counseling of management on employment matters and representation of corporate clients in litigation in state and federal courts.  Mr. Cattel has served as lead defense trial counsel on numerous individual and multiple plaintiff employment cases on behalf of General Motors Corporation, Chrysler Corporation, DTE Energy Company and other corporate clients.In addition to his litigation practice, Mr. Cattel counsels employers regarding strategies to avoid liability and to employ sound management practices.  Mr. Cattel has helped oversee large scale corporate reorganizations and rightsizing for his clients and counseled them through this potential litigation minefield.Mr. Cattel has represented private and public sector clients at main table labor negotiations involving the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, United Automobile Workers, a Michigan Education Association bargaining unit and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.  Mr. Cattel’s labor practice also includes representing management in labor arbitrations involving union represented employees.  Additionally, Mr. Cattel’s practice regularly involves handling the defense of professional errors and omission and employment practices liability claims on behalf of Lloyd’s of London and Professional Indemnity Agency, a division of Houston Casualty.Before joining Ogletree Deakins, Mr. Cattel was one of the founding principals of Cattel, Tuyn & Rudzewicz, a Michigan employment and labor law firm created in 1999 which joined Ogletree Deakins in September 2007.  Throughout his legal career Mr. Cattel has focused his practice on employment litigation, E & O litigation involving professionals, commercial litigation, labor matters and counseling on behalf of employers.  Mr. Cattel serves as a lecturer for Lorman Education Services in the employment area and also serves as a Case Evaluator in Macomb County Circuit Court and facilitator for private parties.


  • College: B.S., Wayne State University, 1973
  • Law School: J.D., summa cum laude, Detroit College of Law, 1981

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State of Michigan, 1981, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan, U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, United States Supreme Court
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