Michael Best & Friedrich LLP added a former partner to its labor and employment practice group in Salt Lake City who brings experience dealing with an array of issues facing employers, the firm announced.
Judson Stelter rejoined Michael Best on Nov. 16, after leaving for six months to explore other options at a smaller boutique firm, the firm said in a news statement. He said he's "ecstatic" to return because he was very happy there before.
"I'm very excited to be working again with my colleagues in Salt Lake City," Stelter said. "I think very highly of their skills as attorneys."
Stelter first joined Michael Best in January 2015, after a four-year stint at Frantz Ward LLP and said he made partner in 2018. When he first joined Michael Best as an associate, the firm had just one labor and employment attorney in Salt Lake City who left a couple of years after Stelter joined.
"For the past probably four years or so, I've been the main labor and employment presence building that up here in Utah," Stelter said.
Stelter advises and defends his clients in multiple aspects of employment law — including noncompete, discrimination and harassment and trade secrets — in federal and state courts across the U.S., in arbitration proceedings and before governmental agencies, according to the statement. He said he's most interested in wage and hour cases, as well as litigation related to discrimination and harassment. Stelter also has experience handling "complex traditional labor-related matters," according to the firm's release.
"Jud's depth of knowledge in the labor and employment space is truly exceptional," said Brian Paul, chair of Michael Best's labor and employment group. "We are thrilled to have him back at the firm."
Stelter earned his law degree from Cleveland State University's Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, his master's from Case Western Reserve University and his bachelor's degree from Brigham Young University.
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