Dennis Devaney

Member, Devaney Jacob Wilson, PLLC

Dennis is a former Board Member of the National Labor Relations Board and Commissioner of the U.S.International Trade Commission. He served as a presidential appointee under four U.S. presidents. His labor and employment practice focuses on traditional labor law, including representation of clients with respect to matters arising under the National Labor Relations Act. He also represents employers in defense of discrimination claims and with respect to collective bargaining agreement negotiation and administration. He counsels employers on all FMLA, ADA, FLSA, ELCRA and other state and federal employment laws, assists in formulating personnel policies, and with respect to litigation before courts, administrative agencies and arbitration tribunals.

Dennis also counsels clients on international trade issues. In 2001, as a Commissioner of the U.S. International Trade Commission, Dennis participated in perhaps the most significant “Section 201” safeguards case ever brought before the Commission. He has also been involved in anti-dumping and countervailing duty proceedings, as well as with respect to U.S. unfair trade cases. Dennis was actively involved in many of the significant international trade initiatives of the last several decades, including creation of the World Trade Organization (WTO), the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA), bilateral free trade agreements, U.S.-Japan trade relations, and WTO Accession and economic sanctions reform. Dennis also provides advice to employers with respect to executive branch trade issues and before the U.S. Congress.

Dennis is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center and holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Maryland. He has served as a visiting professor at several prestigious law schools. Dennis has practiced law for 33 years, 21 of which were in private practice in Washington D.C. and the Detroit area.

  • B.A & M.A. – University of Maryland
  • J.D. – Georgetown University Law Center

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Publications and Multimedia
Right to Work: Right or Wrong for Michigan? - Event Audio/Video
Michigan Lawyers Chapter
March 01, 2012