Benjamin K. Steffans
For Ben Steffans, being a lawyer has offered an unexpected opportunity for personal connection. Ben’s down-to-earth approach makes him easy to talk to and allows him to work closely together with his clients through what is often a difficult and stressful time. Ben spends a majority of his time representing employers and employees in workplace disputes, something that gives Ben a unique perspective on employment law. Ben began his career at a large national law firm based in Detroit, where he gained experience working with international entities on employment litigation and counseling issues, as well in commercial litigation. Ben is the creator and editor of CKVC Works, a blog containing up-to-date information on employment law, which allows him to remain current on that field’s ever-changing landscape of employment law.
Ben’s employment law practice includes counseling employers of all sizes and in various industries on day-to-day employment issues including wage-and-hour compliance, best practices for discipline and termination, accommodating disabilities, engaging in the interactive process, and how to avoid liability for discrimination, sexual and other harassment, and retaliation. Ben has written countless employee handbooks, employment agreements, and non-compete agreements for employers of all types and sizes. Ben routinely conducts internal investigations into alleged sexual and other harassment, and audits employers’ wage-and-hour practices for compliance. Ben frequently holds seminars on various employment law topics, including preventing discrimination, best practices for disciplining employees, and best practices for minimizing wage-and-hour exposure. He also regularly advises individuals on non-compete, nondisclosure, non-solicit, and trade secret agreements.
Ben also has considerable experience in all types of employment litigation, representing both employers and employees in claims of sexual and other harassment and discrimination based on gender, race, disability, age, and sexual orientation, and on retaliation for reporting unlawful activity. Ben also has represented individuals and employers on group and individual bases on wage-and-hour claims, including claims for unpaid overtime, unpaid commissions, and unpaid bonuses. Since 2014, has recovered over $2,250,000 for individuals claiming workplace discrimination, workplace harassment, workplace retaliation, unpaid overtime, and violation of wage and tip acts, on individual and group bases.
Ben also has extensive experience in handling all types of commercial litigation and has appeared in state and federal courts on behalf of companies in the construction, manufacturing, healthcare, banking, real estate, education, and retail industries in connection with contract, property, antitrust, fraud, and trade secret claims.
An avid runner, Ben’s goal is to run a half marathon in all 50 states. He is the co-owner and co-founder of Detroit City FC, a minor-league soccer team in Michigan. Ben is a 2016 graduate of 1Berkshire’s Berkshire Leadership Program, a program comprised of local leaders dedicated to develop leadership skills designed to address community challenges and improve the quality of life in the Berkshires.
- Michigan State University (highest honors)
- Boston College Law School, J.D.
Areas of Practice
- Employer Counseling
- Employment Litigation
- Business Litigation
- Civil Litigation
- Contract Disputes
- Commonwealth of Massachusetts
- U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
- State of Michigan
- Super Lawyers “Rising Star” 2014-2016
- CKVC Works, Creator and Editor
- Butzel Long’s Labor and Employment Seminar, Presenter, 2006 – 2011