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16th Judicial Circuit Court
40 N Main, Mount Clemens, MI 48043
(586) 469-5208

Golden, Joseph A. Joseph A. Golden is Of Counsel to Burgess & Sharp, PLLC.

His practice is devoted to the representation of individual employees in wrongful discharge and workplace discrimination claims. He has lectured on programs dealing with employee rights issues throughout Michigan and the United States.

He was previously a principal in the Southfield, Michigan firm of Sommers Schwartz, P.C., where he was the Co-Chair of the firm's employment/labor/municipal/civil rights department. Prior to establishing his own firm in 1978, Mr. Golden was a partner in the Southfield firm of Fieger, Golden and Cousens, serving as General Counsel to the Michigan Federation of Teachers. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Wayne State University and his Juris Doctor from the University of Detroit. A member of the American Association for Justice, Michigan Association for Justice and the American Bar Association, he is a past Public Co-Chair of the ABA's Employee Rights and Responsibilities Committee. And, from August 1988 to 1992, Mr. Golden served on the l9 member governing Council of the ABA's Section of Labor and Employment Law. In addition, Mr. Golden is a member of the ABA/EEOC Joint Liaison Committee (Michigan) and the Center for Public Resources Employment Disputes Committee. He is the Founder of the Michigan Employment Lawyers Association (MELA), and its current Legislative Director. Finally, Mr. Golden was recently elected as Chairperson of the Macomb County Bar Association Masters Section, and invited to become a Fellow to the Michigan State Bar Foundation. Mr. Golden is a founding member of the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA) serving on its Executive Board from 1985 to 1995. In 1991, he was elected to a two-year term as NELA's President. Mr. Golden testified before the U.S. House of Representatives' Labor & Education Committee on the proposed Civil Rights Bill of 1991. In 1996, Mr. Golden was inducted as a Fellow to the College of Labor & Employment Lawyers. He is currently listed in the publications “Who’s Who in American Law” and “Best Lawyers in America.”

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