About Welch Law

Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan
Phone: (616) 454-7618
E-mail: elizabeth@welch-law.com

Elizabeth Welch Lykins practices exclusively in the area of labor and employment law. Her work includes assisting management with issues related to hiring and firing, wage and hour compliance, union negotiations, as well as all aspects of employment law on the local, state and federal levels. She has extensive experience practicing in front of the National Labor Relations Board, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Michigan Department of Civil Rights, and the state/federal Departments of Labor. Elizabeth is also a trained mediator.

Bar Admissions

U.S. District Court Western District of Michigan, 1997
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Kentucky, 1996
U.S. District Court Western District of Kentucky, 1996
U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1996


In 1995, Elizabeth received her law degree from Ohio State University, where she served as a top editor for the Law Journal. She graduated from Penn State University with a history/business degree with honors and magna cum laude in 1992. After law school, she practiced labor and employment law with Greenebaum Doll & McDonald, PLLC, a large firm located in Louisville, Kentucky. She then returned home to Grand Rapids, Michigan and joined Miller, Johnson, Snell & Cummiskey, PLC, where she continued her labor and employment law practice until 2004, when Elizabeth started her own practice.

Elizabeth’s clientele ranges from small family-owned business entities to mid-size corporations with a range of labor-employment needs. Her clients include builders and subcontractors, nonprofit associations and charities, service-based businesses (such as doctors’ and dentists’ offices) as well as several manufacturing entities. Additionally, Elizabeth regularly assists high level executives and professionals with negotiations related to employment agreements and non-competition issues. Elizabeth is very involved in Grand Rapids’ vibrant non-profit and professional community. She currently is a Trustee for the Steelcase Foundation, the Michigan League of Conservation Voters, Westminster Presbyterian Church, and Westminster Child Development Center. She is a graduate of the Leadership Grand Rapids program, a past chair of the Board of Directors for Home Repair Services (an organization dedicated to assisting low income homeowners), a past Secretary of the Board of Directors of the Home & Building Association of Greater Grand Rapids and was a long-time chairperson of the Human Resources Task Force for that organization. Elizabeth also served as a Trustee for the Grand Rapids Bar Association and on the boards of Camp Henry, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, the Hugh Michael Beahan Foundation (which served St. Andrew’s school students), and Social Venture Philanthropy (a Grand Rapids Community Foundation fundraising group). She also served on the capital campaign for the West Michigan Center for Arts & Technology (WMCAT) (an organization that engages youth through the arts to keep them in school).

In 2009, Elizabeth was honored as one of the Grand Rapids Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” Business Leaders and received the Women Lawyers Association of Western Michigan’s Outstanding Member Award. Elizabeth regularly presents on hiring/firing, wage and hour compliance/overtime laws, and coordinated disability/leave issues (Americans with Disabilities Act; Family and Medical Leave Act). She has been a contributor to West Michigan Builder, a newsletter serving thousands of Home and Building members in the Grand Rapids area as well as HUB International’s local newsletter. She also served for many years as a Chapter Editor for the Developing Labor Law, a labor treatise published yearly by the American Bar Associations’ Labor/Employment Law Section.

    Areas of Practice

    • Employment Applications, Policies, and Handbooks
    • Medical Leave
    • Affirmative Action
    • Sexual Harassment Training
    • Overtime and Child Labor Law Compliance
    • Independent Contractors
    • Employee Terminations
    • Unemployment
    • Severance Agreements
    • Non-Compete, Confidentiality, and Trade Secret Agreements
    • Administrative Charges
    • Employment Litigation