Joshua J. Leadford, B.S.,B.A.,J.D.

Josh has a proven track record attesting to his legal skills and competence. He carefully reviews and analyzes legal problems and issues, and successfully structures viable legal solutions and recommendations within the framework of the facts and law and the client’s unique circumstances.



  • Juris Doctor, with an emphasis in labor and employment law, Thomas M. Cooley Law School, magna cum laude


  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, majoring in Human Resource Management, Central Michigan University






  • All federal and state courts for the State of Michigan, including the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals


Josh has significant experience dealing with labor and employment related issues. Shortly after graduating from high school he worked for UPS and, while working as a supervisor, dealt with the Teamsters Union on a daily basis. Josh found management and union relations intriguing. As a result, he focused his studies on human resources earning a degree in Human Resource Management from Central Michigan University. After graduating from CMU and beginning his legal education, Josh was selected for a clerkship with the Michigan Employment Relations Commission where he gained considerable experience in public sector labor law.

Career Highlights


  • Successfully defended employers in numerous arbitrations, unfair labor practice cases, discrimination claims, and other labor and employment related matters


  • Serves as chief negotiator in collective bargaining


  • Strong record of defending against EEOC charges of workplace discrimination


  • Proven record of providing sound legal analysis resulting in the early dismissal of many civil lawsuits


  • Drafted several Decisions and Orders for the Michigan Employment Relations Commission


  • Author of numerous articles on various labor and employment law topics
Legal Passion


“My family owned and operated a small company for most of my life. I witnessed how much energy it took to focus on the operational aspects of the business to ensure success. I also saw how an employer could be taken advantage of by an unscrupulous employee and harmed by a system unfriendly to most employers’ interests. My focus is to concentrate on leveling the playing field and ensuring that employers’ legitimate interests are protected.”


Hobbies and Interests


Josh relishes his time with family and friends, planning camping trips and other retreats as often as possible. During the summers, you will often find Josh mountain biking on some wooded trail or kayaking the Great Lakes.