Harvard Law School, J.D., 2009
University of Windsor, B.A., 2006, President’s Roll (highest honors), Dean’s List
National Black Trial Lawyers, Top 40 under 40
After graduating from Harvard Law School, Mr. Astbury began his career working as a criminal prosecutor, where he conducted more than 50 trials, including more than 20 jury trials. Mr. Astbury now uses this experience to fight for workers and small business owners.
Mr. Astbury has extensive experience representing workers and small business owners in non-compete, non-solicitation, and non-disclosure disputes; employment discrimination, harassment, and retaliation claims under Title VII, the ADA, the ADEA, and all state equivalents in Florida, Michigan, Illinois, and California; medical leave claims under the FMLA; whistleblower claims; and unpaid wage claims under the FLSA.
Mr. Astbury is admitted to practice in all the state courts in Florida, Michigan, Illinois, and California. Mr. Astbury is also admitted to practice in many federal courts, including the U.S. District Courts for the Southern, Middle and Northern Districts of Florida; the U.S. District Courts for the Western and Eastern Districts of Michigan; and the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.
Discrimination, Harassment & Retaliation Cases
- Successfully obtained a high-six-figure settlement in a single-plaintiff race discrimination, harassment, and retaliation case in Los Angeles, California involving an employee who was threatened with a noose in a case that was covered by national media.
- Successfully obtained a mid-six-figure settlement in single-plaintiff disability discrimination, harassment, and retaliation case against a hospital in Louisville, Kentucky where an employee was terminated because she missed too many days while receiving cancer treatment.
- Successfully obtained a mid-six-figure settlement in a single-plaintiff sexual harassment and retaliation case in Detroit, Michigan where the female employee was shown graphic pictures by a male co-worker and was forced to resign by her employer after she complained to management.
- Successfully obtained a mid-six-figure settlement in a single-plaintiff race discrimination, harassment, and retaliation case in Lansing, Michigan against one of the state’s largest employers where the employer forced the employee to resign after he complained about race discrimination.
- Successfully obtained a six-figure settlement in single-plaintiff race discrimination, harassment, and retaliation case in Los Angeles, California involving an employee who was forced to resign after he reported seeing a noose to his employer.
Wage & Hour (Overtime) Cases
- Successfully obtained a high five-figure settlement in Detroit, Michigan in a case where oil field technician was misclassified as managerial employee and denied overtime pay.
- Successfully obtained a high five-figure settlement in Detroit, Michigan in a case where construction worker was misclassified as a managerial employee and denied overtime pay.
- Successfully obtained multiple five-figure settlements in cases in Florida and Michigan where exotic dancers were misclassified as independent contractors and denied overtime pay.
Non-compete, Non-solicitation & Non-disparagement Cases
- Successfully defended against an injunction in West Palm Beach, Florida where former employer sought to impose a non-solicitation agreement and force former employee to resign from his current employer.
- Won an injunction hearing in West Palm Beach, Florida where employer was seeking to enforce a non-disparagement agreement against a former employee who was posting disparaging comments about the company on the internet.