MSU College of Law

Board of Trustees

Maurice G. Jenkins, 81


Elected 6/19/01

Maurice G. Jenkins is a Shareholder in the Detroit, Michigan, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He has practiced labor and employment law for more than 30 years.

A trial lawyer, Mr. Jenkins, who is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers, has first chaired jury trials, labor and civil rights arbitrations, NLRB hearings and state civil rights administrative cases on behalf of employers in such business sectors as automotive (OEM; Tier .5-4 suppliers and retail), pharmaceutical manufacturing, international, national and regional consumer retailers, information technology, telecommunications, gaming, and financial services. Mr. Jenkins also advises and represents employers with respect to strategic labor relations matters, collective bargaining and NLRB litigation.

In addition, Mr. Jenkins has conducted investigations of workplace fatalities, improper conduct on the part of procurement agents, and alleged workplace harassment. He has also handled whistleblower investigations and litigation, investigated alleged financial reporting improprieties, provided assessments and advice with respect to establishing and maintaining effective employee "hotlines" and other internal reporting structures, and evaluated conflict of interest guidelines implemented by various multinational companies. Mr. Jenkins, who formerly served as a member of the ABA's Task Force on Section 307 of Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX), has also handled internal investigations and litigation arising under SOX.

Mr. Jenkins is a seasoned and business savvy lawyer who has been counted upon by companies to assist in achieving important business goals and, if necessary, litigate or their behalf in furtherance of those goals. An accountant before becoming a lawyer, Mr. Jenkins began his professional career as a financial and tax analyst at General Motors Corporation and then, after graduating from law school, he advanced to become GM's chief NLRB litigation counsel before embarking on a career in private practice.

While attending law school, Mr. Jenkins participated in Law Review. During his studies at Michigan State University, he was President of the Black Student Business Association.

Honors and Recognitions

  • Crain’s Detroit Business, Best Lawyers
  • Human Resource Executive, “Most Powerful Employment Attorneys” (2011-2015)
  • Michigan Fellows of the American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Michigan Lawyers Weekly, one of Michigan’s “Leaders in the Law” (2012)
  • MSU Law College BALSA Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient