Marcel Debruge is a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. He is listed in Best Lawyers in America, Chambers USA and Super Lawyers. He is past Chair of the Firm's Labor & Employment Practice Group and past Chair of the Alabama State Bar Labor and Employment Law Section.
Marcel focuses his practice exclusively on representing management in all aspects of labor and employment law, including litigation before federal state courts and administrative agencies.
Marcel has successfully represented management in over eighty union organizing campaigns and assists clients with all aspects of union organizing. He has successfully tried employment cases in federal and state courts, as well as in federal administrative actions.
Marcel’s practice embraces a variety of matters relating to wrongful discharge, sexual harassment, invasion of privacy, employment discrimination, and labor relations. Marcel also handles violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Family and Medical Leave Act, as well as regularly counseling clients on disability matters. He litigates the enforcement of employment contracts and restrictive covenants, such as covenants not to compete and non-solicitation agreements.
Marcel advises clients regarding Fair Labor Standards Act compliance and has defended a number of FLSA lawsuits, including collective action litigation. He has substantial experience with arbitration of employment disputes, matters falling within the jurisdiction of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, and litigation before administrative agencies, such as the National Labor Relations Board, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the Occupational Safety and Health Commission.
He has also defended nationwide complex employment discrimination class actions. Additionally, Marcel engages in a significant amount of employment law counseling regarding policies and procedures, hiring decisions, workplace diversity, and reduction in force. He often conducts training seminars for supervisors and human resource managers. Marcel routinely handles labor organizing campaigns and National Labor Relations Board issues for clients, and assists clients with all aspects of employee relations and management training matters.
Marcel has lectured extensively throughout the Southeast in the areas of procedure, labor relations, case assessment, employment law, occupational safety and health law, alternative dispute resolution, and employment torts, including restrictive covenant issues. He has written several articles in the areas of litigation and employment law.