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Attorney Robert Anthony Alvarez has more than 10 years of experience in serving the community’s legal needs. Robert began his career fighting for the rights of migrant and seasonal agricultural workers throughout the state of Michigan through his work with the Michigan Migrant Legal Assistance Project, Inc. During his time with this non-profit organization, Mr. Alvarez traveled throughout the state visiting migrant workers to provide them with information about their legal rights as well as advocating for them in state and federal court. Afterwards, Mr. Alvarez transitioned into private practice to offer bilingual legal services in the areas of immigration, criminal defense, family law, employment litigation and more. He has successfully represented thousands of workers in wage and Civil Rights and Labor dispute.

Mr. Alvarez is passionate about representing and advocating for people’s fundamental rights. This can be seen through the impact litigation he undertakes such as the recent class action litigation filed on behalf of Mexican nationals against Ottawa and Kent County to seek a change in policies which resulted in depriving individuals of their fundamental right to marry due solely to their lack of a social security number. This litigation was filed in cooperation with the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF) and our partner firm of Sommers Schwartz, P.C.

Robert has handled and/or is currently handling cases involving multi-million dollar Class/Collective Action litigation in Michigan and outside of the state of Michigan.

Robert enjoys grilling and cooking out with his family.

Professional Affiliations

  • State Bar of Michigan

Community Involvement

  • Board of Directors, Justice for Our Neighbors Project
  • Board of Directors, Latin Americans United for Progress

Robert’s Favorite Quote

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” Declaration of Independence ~ July 4, 1776

Representative Experience

Attorney Alvarez has been first and second chair trial litigation and negotiation practice in high profile class action cases, including:

  • Aguilera, et al., vs. Michigan Turkey Producers Cooperative, W.D. Mich. 2009. Representing proposed class of meat processing workers for alleged violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act. Collective action certified – Resolved.
  • Obando et al., vs. Belfor USA Group, Inc. et al., E.D. La. 2006. Representing potential class of approximately 10,000 workers (Brazilian and Mexican immigrants) in a Nationwide Hybrid collective/Rule 23 class action against subcontractor and general contractor for alleged violation of the FLSA and the wage and hour laws of various states – Resolved.
  • Miro Aldoman Saucedo et al., vs. Five Star Contractors, L.L.C., et al., S.D. MS. 2009 – Representing class of approximately 2000+ workers (Brazilian and Mexican immigrants) against subcontractor and general contractor in Hybrid collective/Rule 23 class action for alleged violation of the FLSA, RICO and breach of contract – Currently in litigation.
  • Juan Doe et al., vs. Mary Hollinrake, Clerk for the County of Kent, et al., U.S. District Court – Western District of Michigan: Class action lawsuit alleging violation of Constitutional rights including fundamental right to marry due to a policy which effectively denied marriage licenses to U.S. citizens who were to marry undocumented individuals based solely on their lack of a social security number. Filed in cooperation with the law firm of Sommers Schwartz, P.C. – Resolved.
  • Juan Doe et al., vs. Daniel C. Krueger, Clerk for the County of Ottawa, et al., U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan: Class action lawsuit alleging violation of Constitutional rights including fundamental right to marry due to a policy which effectively denied marriage licenses to U.S. citizens who were to marry undocumented individuals based solely on their lack of a social security number. Filed in cooperation with the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF). Currently in litigation.
  • Guerrero et al., vs. Brickman Group, LLC et al., W.D. Mich. 2005. Represented class of approximately 900 foreign guestworkers (Mexican Nationals) in Hybrid Collective/Rule 23 class action for alleged violations of the FLSA and various state claims – Resolved.
  • Galaviz Zamora et al., vs. Brady Farms, Inc. et al., W.D. Mich. 2004. Represented potential class of approximately 1,000 migrant farmworkers (Mexican immigrants) in hybrid collective/Rule 23 class action against their employer for alleged violations of the FLSA and the MSAWPA – Resolved.
  • Bautista et al., vs. Twin Lakes Farms, Inc. et al., W.D. Mich. 2004. Represented class of approximately 1,000 migrant farmworkers (Mexican immigrants) in hybrid collective/Rule 23 class action against their employer for alleged violation of the FLSA and the MSAWPA – Resolved.

Published Decisions

  • Lima et al., vs. International Catastrophe Solutions, Inc. et al., 493 F.Supp.2d 793 (E.D. La. June 27, 2007) Conditionally certifying class of workers seeking unpaid wages under the FLSA and allowing for distribution of notice to the class.
  • Guerrero et al., vs. Brickman Group, L.L.C. et al., 2007 WL 922420 (W.D. Mich. March 26, 2007) Certifying Rule 23 class of foreign guestworkers seeking damages for breach of contract under H2B program.
  • Bautista, et al., vs. Twin Lakes Farms, Inc. et al., 2007 WL 329162 (W.D. Mich 2007) Certification and approval of Settlement Class and Settlement in which attorney Alvarez was lead litigator and negotiator of settlement.
  • Galaviz Zamora et al., v. Brady Farms, Inc. et al., 2005 WL 2372326 (W.D. Mich. September 23, 2005) Plaintiffs’ Immigration status not relevant and not discoverable in class/collective employment litigation action -issue of first impression.
  • Garcia-Andrate et al., v. Madra’s Café Corp. et al., 2005 WL 2430195 (E.D.Mich., August 03, 200) Plaintiff’s immigration status was determined not relevant and not discoverable. The court also affirmed the worker’s right to assert their Fifth Amendment right against self incrimination with regard to their immigration status and possible unlawful employment – issue of first impression.
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Areas of Practice:

Education
  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School, 2004, JD
Bar and Court Admissions
  • Michigan, 2004
  • U.S. District Court for Western District of Michigan , 2003 (Certified Student Lawyer)
  • U.S. District Court for Western District of Michigan, 2004
  • U.S. District Court for Eastern District of Michigan, 2005
  • U.S. District Court for Eastern District of Louisiana, 2006 (Pro Hac)
  • U.S. District Court for Southern District of Florida, 2009 (Pro Hac)
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska, 2009 (Pro Hac)
  • U.S. District Court of Nevada, 2010 (Pro Hac)