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Roderick D. Gillum

Principal
Detroit

P 248-936-1937
F 248-936-1901
Roderick.Gillum@jacksonlewis.com

Biography

Roderick D. Gillum is a Principal in the Detroit, Michigan, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. His practice concentrates on corporate strategies related to crisis management, labor relations, and legal risk avoidance, including managing strategic labor and personnel planning in the context of workforce restructurings, class actions, and corporate reorganizations.

Mr. Gillum has earned a national reputation for corporate diversity and public interest initiatives. His unique array of legal, crisis management, and corporate governance and compliance experience has engendered the trust of company leaders, judges, politicians and attorneys as an effective, thoughtful and creative problem solver. Mr. Gillum utilizes these skills in his roles as a facilitator (court appointed and privately engaged), diversity strategist, and as the lead person on sensitive internal corporate legal compliance/harassment investigations for a wide range of clients, including healthcare, manufacturing, banking, utilities and service sector companies.

Prior to joining Jackson Lewis, Mr. Gillum was a senior member of the General Motors Company (GM) Legal Staff, where he rose to become Secretary to the GM Board of Directors, and, later, Vice President, Corporate Responsibility & Diversity. In this dual role, Mr. Gillum was at the forefront of the company’s diversity strategies relative to both internal human resources as well as external relations with vendors, minority dealers, and national civil rights and political leaders. He was often called upon to provide advice and counsel to heads of other Fortune 500 companies, politicians and community/civic leaders. Previously, Mr. Gillum was the Chief Personnel, Benefits and Labor Attorney at GM’s Legal Staff, where he was responsible for all personnel, health care, benefit plans, labor relations and workers’ compensation legal matters, and he oversaw a combined litigation and workers’ compensation budget in excess of $15 million. Among his other responsibilities in this role, Mr. Gillum held overall responsibility for the management and disposition of approximately 225 individual and class action lawsuits and over 300 administrative law matters filed annually; he also coordinated a successful defense to the largest employee benefit case in U.S. history (Sprague vs. GM - U.S. Supreme Court review denied, 1998).

Prior to his role as Chief Personnel, Benefits and Labor Attorney, Mr. Gillum was Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary for GM’s Saturn Corporation, where he helped to create proactive litigation avoidance strategies for potential product liability claims; as well as to develop and defend unprecedented labor-management cooperative strategies, among his other duties. Before joining GM, Mr. Gillum was an Attorney with Region 7 (Detroit, MI) of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), where he was responsible for the handling, conducting hearings and resolution of representation petitions and litigating unfair labor practice charges.

Honors and Recognitions

  • College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, Fellow

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