Tad Roumayah focuses his practice primarily on employment litigation, representing employees who have encountered discrimination and retaliation, including violations of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Family Medical Leave Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act, wrongful discharge, whistleblower protection claims, wage and hour violations and other employment issues and disputes. Additionally, he represents people and businesses involved in contract disputes and business torts, and advises companies on their human resource policies, procedures, and other employment-related matters.
Tad has been successful in litigating employment cases in both state and federal court. That said, he also appreciates that each of his clients has unique needs. That is why Tad frequently works to achieve his clients’ goals through alternative processes such as mediation, facilitation and severance negotiations, without incurring the additional time and expense associated with litigation.
As the oldest son of Chaldean-Iraqi immigrants and a lifelong resident of Metro Detroit, Tad recognized early on the importance of hard work, perseverance and loyalty in achieving one's goals. Prior to joining Sommers Schwartz, he founded and operated his own law practice, giving him perspective and experience with the unique challenges that employers, employees, and businesses face as they strive to be successful.
- Wayne State University Law School, JD
- Oakland University, BA in Political Science
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
- U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan
- U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
Areas of Practice
- $388,250 Settlement. Successfully obtained a $388,250 settlement for client, a former call center manager of a nationwide specialty pharmacy, in an employment litigation dispute involving violations of the Family and Medical Leave Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
- $385,000 Settlement. Successfully obtained a $385,000 settlement for the CEO of a local home healthcare company in an employment litigation dispute involving violations of the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act and Breach of Employment Contract.
- $325,000 Settlement. Successfully obtained a $325,000 settlement for client, a former utility company customer service representative, in an employment litigation dispute involving violations of the Family and Medical Leave Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
- $320,000 Settlement. Successfully obtained a $320,000 settlement for client, a police officer discharged from a local municipality, in an employment litigation dispute involving violations of the Michigan Whistleblower Protection Act, the Michigan Elliot-Larsen Civil Rights Act and the federal Family and Medical Leave Act.
- $271,000 Severance. Successfully obtained a $271,000 severance package on behalf of client, a former senior vice president of labor relations of a nationwide company.
- $175,000 Settlement. Daniel Swanson and Tad Roumayah successfully obtained a $175,000 settlement for client, a supply chain planner at a national cereal producer, in an employment litigation dispute involving violations of the Family and Medical Leave Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
- $167,000 Severance. Successfully obtained a $167,000 severance package on behalf of client, a former Chief Information Officer terminated by a local law firm.
- $103,000 Severance. Successfully obtained a $103,000 severance package on behalf of client, a former engineer employed by a local automotive Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM).
- State Bar of Michigan
- Member, Labor & Employment Section Council
- Chaldean American Bar Association
- Past President
- American Bar Association
- Federal Bar Association
- Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association
- Oakland County Bar Association
- Michigan Association for Justice
- National Employment Lawyers Association
Thank you to Tad for representing me on my severance agreement. The entire negotiation was handled efficiently and in an extremely professional manner. I also really appreciated that Tad was transparent about the process and timelines, as well as that he was willing to discuss strategy, etc. with me. In short, I couldn't have asked for better representation and counsel.
When I was fired from my executive position without any notice, a relative of mine recommended I call you. That was one of the best suggestions anyone could have given me at the time. Your professionalism was outstanding. You took the time to listen to my scattered thoughts while I was freaking out about being unemployed at age 59. You asked the right questions to get to the fact that I was being discriminated against and were willing to take on my case. I was so impressed with your knowledge of the law and the way you were able to step back and look at all the options while explaining it to me in layman terms. You spent so much time on a case that could have had zero return. But in the end, it all paid off, because of your expertise and how you handled the case. I would recommend you to anyone who is or has been a victim of workplace harassment, discrimination or any other employment issue. You are outstanding!!!
Tad Roumayah helped me seek a settlement with my former employer to my satisfaction. He is a man of integrity, who has an exceptional knowledge of the law. Impeccable ethics and an unparalleled work ethic make him an outstanding attorney who is capable, meticulous, and diligent. He is a straight-talker who did not tell me what I wanted to hear, but what I needed to know. I highly recommend him, and feel fortunate to have hired the perfect attorney for my case.
I want to express what a great job Tad did. He made me feel comfortable and important in his role and he was very supportive. I was very impressed.
I was and still am satisfied with you and your firm. You believed in me and believed that I was wronged by [the defendant]. You listened to my input and suggestions. You understood what I was up against and justice was served. Thank you for working with me.
I felt from the beginning that Dan and Tad had my back and that my best interests at were always at heart. All options and possible obstacles were clearly defined and repeated throughout the course of the litigation so that I was clear about my case at all times. I felt that within a short period of time, they fully understood my case, and advised me as to the best possible courses to take with the best possible outcomes.
After more than 20 years of service, the client, the senior vice president of labor relations of a nationwide company, was terminated in violation of his employment contract. Prior to filing a court action, the firm was able to secure a very favorable settlement of his claim for severance and other benefits. Subsequently, the client commented on Dan Swanson’s and Tad Roumayah’s efforts on his behalf:
Unlike several other firms I considered, Sommers Schwartz responded almost immediately to the email I sent briefly explaining my situation, and Tad vetted my concerns over the phone to determine I had a potentially viable claim. After determining that to be the case, he promptly arranged for a meeting to finalize his inquiries, determined there were substantial grounds to move forward and arrange for my meeting with you. I was particularly impressed with the fact that you quickly cut to the chase and were candid in discounting the aspects of the case that were less compelling despite my initially believing otherwise. In preparing me for the mediation, you forced me to do a critical self-examination as to my degree of culpability in the matter, correctly anticipating areas of concern the mediator may have. You were on a short list of attorney's I considered to represent me in this matter based on your standing in the legal community and I have no doubt that your reputation brought this matter to a resolution more expeditiously than a less highly regarded attorney would have been able to accomplish. I would absolutely consider using you if the need arises in the future and I will confidently recommend Sommers Schwartz to friends or family members in need of legal services.
The client, a sales manager at a Michigan manufacturer, was wrongfully discharged in violation of both state and federal anti-discrimination laws, including the Americans with Disabilities Act. Prior to commencing litigation, the firm negotiated a favorable severance package on his behalf. The client later commented on the services of his attorneys, Dan Swanson and Tad Roumayah:
I am more than reasonably satisfied with the outcome. The monetary consideration is one thing but the principle of the matter was very important to me. Civil rights were violated with discrimination. My character and integrity were in question. The dispute was settled in my favor and, with a great deal of my gratitude and respect for those of you in the legal profession. The scope and depth of the demand letter gave me all the confidence and comfort that my dispute would be managed by the best. It seems to me most all communications were timely and concrete, and I appreciate the team effort provided. On a very personal note I would like you gentlemen to know that for those of us that have been violated and need legal assistance, we must often wait for justice in quiet desperation. As such, the words I used above "confidence and comfort" came only from you and your team. This also gives meaning to the words: all comes to those who wait. Yes, I wanted to call you gentlemen more than once for updates! If I had a legal problem in the future, I would consider only calling your firm for assistance. I have already given a friend a recommendation to your firm.
The client, a human resource professional employed by a automobile manufacturer, was wrongfully discharged in violation of both state and federal anti-discrimination laws. Prior to commencing litigation, the firm negotiated a favorable severance package on the her behalf. She later commented on the services of her attorneys, Dan Swanson and Tad Roumayah:
We are pleased with the job that you have done for us, especially with respect to your thoroughness and professionalism! You both presented yourselves in a genuine and professional manner, and this is precisely why we retained you. In addition, communicating with you throughout this process was fluid and much appreciated.
The client, an investment banking analyst for a nationwide bank, was laid off by her employer. At the time of her lay off, her employer owed her funds under the company's bonus plan, which it subsequently refused to pay. Prior to commencing litigation, the firm negotiated a favorable severance package that allowed her to recover the money owed to her under the bonus plan. The client later commented on the services of her attorneys, Dan Swanson and Tad Roumayah.
I had a wonderful experience with you and Tad! I think that coming into your office, I was lacking a lot of knowledge about what my rights and options were with my former employer and I was very appreciative of how you presented all the facts and tools at my disposal. I think the outcome was great, in spite of my former employer's attempts at dodging the issue and I am extremely happy in my new position. I do not think I would have been in this new position if I had truly allowed the stress of the situation with my former employer get to me while I was interviewing. A big reason for which I was able to keep my stress levels down was that I knew you and Tad were on top of making sure that my former employer was held responsible. Overall a wonderful job and I will definitely recommend you to my friends in the Michigan area!
Client, a Chief Information Officer at a local law firm, was wrongfully discharged in violation of Michigan public policy after twenty-six years of loyal service to the firm. Prior to commencing litigation, Sommers Schwartz negotiated a favorable severance package on the client's behalf. Client later commented on the services of his attorneys, Mr. Dan Swanson and Mr. Tad Roumayah:
Dan, I was very satisfied with the services you and Tad provided to me. The most important item for me was you both responded to my questions and inquiries quickly. I appreciated that aspect of your service. I will recommend you and your firm's services to my friends and family. Thanks for your help.
Client, an automotive design professional, contracted with a staffing company to place her on a project with a major automobile manufacturer. The staffing company later breached the contract by prematurely terminating her from the project and causing her financial harm and damages. Tad Roumayah, her attorney at Sommers Schwartz, negotiated a settlement on her behalf without the need to commence litigation:
I am very satisfied with your actions and performance specifically: the way you handled me and my concerns, identified the breach of contract issue, the skillful way you laid out a plan of action and then negotiate it to a good end. Most impressive was your preparedness at our face to face meeting. You obviously took some time to understand my situation. You engaged me in meaningful conversation from the legal standpoint and presented my options, in a way that I could understand and therefore make an informed decision. I am most grateful for your patience as you guided me to that point of understanding fielding all of my questions and originations. In addition, you have become a valuable resource and trusted advisor that will be a part of my future. This experience has educated me as to how I will handle my work in a rapidly changing world and competitive business environment.
The client, an engineer at a Michigan utility company, was retaliated against after he complained to his employer about safety violations. After complaining about his employer's unlawful actions, he was transferred to another position and was ultimately fired. Prior to commencing litigation, the firm negotiated a favorable severance package on the client's behalf. The client later commented on the services of his attorneys, Dan Swanson and Tad Roumayah:
I wanted to thank you for your assistance in resolving the matter with my employer. I was impressed by yours and Tad's strengths, which included the following:
• You listened to my complaints and were able to determine what laws my employer violated.
• You kept me involved in the case and incorporated my opinions into the process.
• You were diligent in sifting through the documentation that I provided and also requested information from me to learn what I was saying and to clearly understand my perspective.
• You provided me with guidance on how I should act as your client and be part of the team.
• You were patient with me and asked your questions in various ways until you were sure that I understood your requests. As a result, I was able to provide you with all of the information that you needed.
• You had an exceptional grasp of the law.
• You were willing to support me either on an hourly basis, as a representative in arbitration or as a partner in litigation.
• You both have pleasant personalities and are enjoyable to associate with. I felt like we could be friends!
- Super Lawyers Rising Stars (Michigan) – 2013 to present
- Recognition for Pro Bono Service, U.S District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, 2014
- “Navigating the Title VII Expatriate Loophole,” Michigan Bar Journal, March 2016, (Co-Author)
- “Enforcing Noncompetition Agreement Claims,” Employment Litigation in Michigan, 3rd Edition, Institute of Continuing Legal Education, December 2015
- “Beware: Employer-Mandated Medical Examinations and Inquiries of Employees Are Strictly Limited Under the Americans with Disabilities Act,” Labor & Employment Lawnotes, State Bar of Michigan Labor & Employment Section, Winter 2014
- “Not So Fast: Understanding and Recognizing Claims of Wrongful Discharge in Violation of Michigan Public Policy,” Institute of Continuing Legal Education, 38th Annual Labor & Employment Law Institute, April 2013 (Co-Author)
- Litigation Management Techniques – Employment Law (webcast), Institute of Continuing Legal Education, Ann Arbor, MI
- Michigan Whistleblower Protection Act Update (webcast), Institute of Continuing Legal Education, Ann Arbor, MI