GETTING TO KNOW: Vincent Sallan

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Vincent Sallan is an attorney in Clark Hill’s Labor and Employment group, based in the firm’s Detroit office. He litigates discrimination, wrongful discharge, retaliation, harassment, trade secret, non-compete/non-solicitation, and commissions disputes.  When he’s not in the courtroom or in a deposition, Sallan counsels employers on a host of day-to-day issues, including drafting and revising handbooks, policies, employment, and non-compete agreements, consulting on terminations and separations, conducting internal investigations, and ensuring employers are in compliance with state and Federal employment statutes.

Sallan also maintains an active complex commercial litigation practice in addition to a political law practice where he litigates and advises on issues involving campaign finance, ballot access, recounts, recalls, ballot initiatives, and other election law issues. 

He is an active member of the Board of Directors of the American Constitution Society and the Chaldean-American Chamber of Commerce.

Sallan earned his J.D., cum laude, from Wayne State University Law School; and his B.A., with Honors, from the University of Michigan.

By Sheila Pursglove
Legal News

Residence: West Bloomfield

What would surprise people about your job?
The amount of time you actually spend behind a computer reading, thinking about case strategy, and writing.

Why did you become a lawyer?
I like coming up with creative solutions to complex problems for clients.  Every case presents new challenges, which helps keep you on your toes and engaged. 

What’s your favorite law-related TV show, movie, and/or book?
I tend to stay away from anything legal when it comes to entertainment, though “The Trial” by Franz Kafka is one of my favorite books of all time.  I also really liked “The Trial of the Chicago 7.”

Who are your law role models – real and/or fictional?
All the attorneys who have taken invaluable time out of their schedules to mentor me along the way. I wouldn’t be half the attorney I am today without their mentorship and guidance. 

If you could trade places with someone for a day, who would that be?
I wouldn’t trade places with anyone. I have a great family who I love spending time with. 

What advice do you have for someone considering law school?
Spend some time working in a law firm or talking with attorneys before jumping in. The day-to-day and business of law is a lot different from what a lot of people imagine. 

What do you do to relax?

A ride on the Peloton. 

What other career path might you have chosen?
I’m a huge history buff and I was considering graduate history programs before deciding on law school, to be a history professor. 

What would you say to your 16-year-old self?

It’s okay to take risks, make mistakes, and fail. 

Favorite local hangouts: My house for the last year, I suppose. 

Favorite app:
Twitter. 

Favorite music: Almost anything but country. 
 
What do you wish someone would invent?
Automatic time entry for billable hours. 

What has been your favorite year so far and why?
2018.  The year my daughter was born. 

What’s the most awe-inspiring place you’ve ever been?
The Churchill War Rooms and the Anne Frank House. Both were incredibly moving. 

If you could have one superpower, what would it be?

I’d love to read minds. 

What’s one thing you would like to learn to do?
Consistently stay on the fairway. 

If you could have dinner with three people, living or dead, who would they be?

Napoleon, Churchill, and my grandfather. 

What’s the best advice you ever received?
Work hard at what you can control, don’t worry about what you can’t control, and do the right thing no matter what.  If you do that, things usually work out alright.  

Favorite place to spend money:  Costco. My wife doesn’t let me go by myself anymore.  I love a good deal, even if I don’t need it. 

Which living person do you most admire?

My parents—the two hardest working people I know who have sacrificed so much to give me and my sister the life they never had.

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