PROFILE
LOUIS B. EBLE
Attorney at Law

BIO
A graduate of Harvard Law School (cum laude, 1994), Lou Eble has extensive experience in employment counseling and litigation in state and federal courts. Lou represents both employers and employees. He worked several years as a union attorney and almost twenty years as a management-side attorney for employment law boutiques and one of the top law firms in the country. As a result of Lou’s experience representing both employees and employers, he is able to bring multiple perspectives to employment issues and has a distinct advantage in identifying claims and potential defenses.

 

Lou has repeatedly been selected as one of Michigan’s Super Lawyers by Law & Politics and is a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America (LCA). The LCA is a trial lawyer honorary society composed of less than one-half of one percent of American Lawyers. Fellowship in the LCA is highly selective and by invitation only. Fellows are selected based upon effectiveness and accomplishment in litigation, both at the trial and appellate levels, and superior ethical reputation.

 

Not only is Lou a zealous advocate for his clients, he also advocates for positive changes in the area of employment law. His law review article, Self-Publication Defamation: Employee Right or Employee Burden?, 47 BAYLOR LAW REV. 745 (1995), has been cited or otherwise relied on by at least five states, including four state supreme courts, as support for their decisions to reject the self-publication cause of action. Shortly after Lou wrote an article in 2001, Have Defendants Lost the Right to Litigate Federal Claims in a Federal Forum?, challenging the authority of federal courts to remand federal claims to state court, a United States District Court in the Eastern District of Michigan held that no such authority existed. Recently, in light of the Flint water crisis, Lou wrote a commentary published by three newspapers, including the Detroit News, suggesting that the Michigan Legislature strengthen the Michigan Whistleblowers’ Protection Act.

 

Lou is a member of the State Bar of Michigan Labor and Employment    Law   Section    and   the    Employment    Law

Committee of the Oakland County Bar Association (Chair 2005-2006; Vice Chair 2004-2005). He is also a pro bono mediator for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Prior to attending law school, Lou worked for more than a decade as a law enforcement officer in positions ranging from Texas state trooper to a sergeant in the Houston Police Department’s Homicide Division. Currently, Lou is a Special Deputy assigned to the Cold Case Unit of the Oakland County Sheriff’s Department. Lou’s extensive law enforcement background is a great asset in managing workplace investigations.

EDUCATION
HARVARD LAW SCHOOL, cum laude, 1994

 

UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON--DOWNTOWN, magna cum laude, 1991
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PUBLICATIONS

Louis B. Eble, Self-Publication Defamation:  Employee Right or Employee Burden?, 47 Baylor Law Rev. 745 (1995). 

 

Louis B. Eble, Have Defendants Lost the Right to Litigate Federal Claims in a Federal Forum?, Laches Oakland County Bar Association (Aug. 2000) republished as "Are We Losing the Right to Defend Federal Claims in Federal Court?," State Bar of Michigan Labor & Employment Lawnotes, Winter, 2001.

 

Louis B. Eble, Might Contractual-Residency Requirements be Unenforceable?, Laches Oakland County Bar Association (Aug. 2006).

 

Louis B. Eble, Rule 68 Offer of Judgment: The Underutilized Defense Tool.   Laches Oakland County Bar Association (Aug. 2015).


ACTIVITIES

State Bar of Michigan, Labor and Employment Law Section (1999 to present)

Oakland County Bar Association, Employment Law Committee (1999 to present; Chair 2005-2006; Vice Chair 2004-2005)

Oakland County Sheriff’s Office Advisory Council (2004 to present)

Oakland County Sheriff’s Office, Special Deputy assigned to the Cold Case Unit (2009 to present)

Pro bono Mediator Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (2013 to present)

 

ADMISSIONS

Texas 1994 (inactive)

Southern District of Texas, 1995

Fifth Circuit, 1996

Michigan, 1999

Eastern District of Michigan, 1999

Sixth Circuit, 2000

Western District of Michigan, 2002

Northern District of Ohio, 2003