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John L. Gierak

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Office

Birmingham

151 S. Old Woodward
Suite 200
Birmingham, MI 48009
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Fax: 248.988.2510
Practice Areas
Labor & EmploymentMunicipal Law
Areas of Emphasis
Employment Litigation
Industries
Education
Education
J.D., cum laude, University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1976
A.B., cum laude, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1974
State Bar Licenses
Michigan
Court Admissions
U.S. District Ct., E.D. of Michigan
U.S. District Ct., W.D. of Michigan
U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit
Membership
Michigan Council of School Attorneys, Charter Member and past President (1993-94)
Oakland County Bar Association, Labor Relations Section
State Bar of Michigan, Labor Relations Section, Litigation Section and Computer Section
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John L. Gierak

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John L. Gierak chairs Clark Hill’s Education and Municipal Practice Group, and focuses his practice in the areas of labor and employment law, education law, and litigation. John represents public and private employers in all aspects of labor and employment law, including contract negotiations, as well as acting as general counsel to public school districts.

John has been listed in “Best Lawyers in America” since 2005. He has been listed in “Michigan Super Lawyers” since 2007, and was named in “Michigan Super Lawyers" as one of the "Top 100" lawyers for four years.  He is a charter member and past president of the Michigan Council of School Attorneys.

With respect to labor and employment law, John routinely represents and advises clients in all areas of contract negotiations, grievances and arbitration, unfair labor practices, wrongful discharge, employment discrimination, fringe benefit and wage/hour issues, FMLA compliance, and day-to-day matters of personnel administration, such as layoffs and employee handbooks. During the course of his lengthy career, he has negotiated contracts on behalf of numerous employers, and has worked with a majority of the major unions, including the MEA, MFT, UAW, Teamsters, Steelworkers, and AFSCME.

In the area of education law, John counsels clients in matters of public school governance, constitutional law, tenure and election law, special education, vocational education, student discipline, Open Meetings Act, Freedom of Information Act, Title IX, civil rights, and general school law.

John is a frequent presenter on issues of labor/employment and education law. In the public sector, he has spoken on behalf of the National Council of School Attorneys, Michigan Council of School Attorneys, Michigan Association of School Boards, Metropolitan Detroit Bureau of School Studies, Michigan Negotiators Association, Michigan Association of School Personnel Administrators, Michigan Public Employment Labor Relations Association, Michigan Business Officials Association, the Michigan Association of Administrators of Special Education, and the Michigan Federated Chapter of the Council for Exceptional Children.  In addition, he has also been a presenter for the Institute of Continuing Legal Education.

John is a contributing author to Michigan Wrongful Discharge and Employment Discrimination Law (ICLE, Second Edition, 1994 and revisions to date), and Employment Law in Michigan (ICLE, 1997 and revisions to date).

John’s commitment to education is reflected in his continuing active association with his university and high school, having acted as a Harvard Alumni Association Regional Director, Awards Committee Member, At-Large Committee Member, President of the Harvard Club of Eastern Michigan, Schools and Scholarships Chair, and President of the Detroit Catholic Central Alumni Association.  

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Sixty-Six Clark Hill Attorneys Named 2017 Michigan Super Lawyers & Rising StarsSeventy-Four Clark Hill Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in the 2018 Edition of Best Lawyers in AmericaClark Hill Attorneys John L. Gierak and Barbara A. Ruga to Co-Present During MNA’s 2016 Fall ConferenceSixty Clark Hill Attorneys Named 2016 Michigan Super Lawyers & Rising StarsSixty-Four Clark Hill Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in the 2017 Edition of Best Lawyers in AmericaMembers of Clark Hill PLC's Education Practice Group to Present at the 78th Annual MSBO Conference and Exhibit Show, April 26-28, 2016Clark Hill Attorney John Gierak to Present at the Wayne County Association of School Boards Meeting on March 17, 2016 Clark Hill attorneys John L. Gierak and Joseph B. Urban to present to the Labor Relations Conference in Lansing, MI on February 26, 2016Clark Hill PLC Partners with Plante Moran to Present School Law and Finance Seminar on January 9, 2016Clark Hill Attorney John Gierak to Present at the Michigan Association of School Personnel Administrators’ 42nd Annual Winter ConferenceSixty-Six Clark Hill Attorneys Selected for the 2015 Super Lawyers Business EditionClark Hill Attorney John Gierak to present to the Michigan Association of School Administrators October 30, 2015Sixty-Five Clark Hill Attorneys Named to Michigan Super Lawyers 2015 ListClark Hill PLC Receives National and Metropolitan Tier 1 Rankings in the 2016 Edition of Best Lawyers in America's “Best Law Firms”Sixty-Two Clark Hill Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in the 2016 Edition of Best Lawyers in AmericaMembers of Clark Hill PLC's Education Practice Group to Present at the 77th Annual MSBO Conference and Exhibit Show, April 28-30, 2015 Clark Hill Attorneys John L. Gierak and Daniel L. Eyer Present at MSCMSBO Meeting February 12, 2015 in Marysville, MI Clark Hill PLC Partners with Plante Moran to Present School Law and Finance Seminar Clark Hill Attorneys John L. Gierak and Daniel L. Eyer to Present to Macomb Human Resource Professionals on November 13, 2014 Fifty-Seven Clark Hill Attorneys Named 2014 Leading LawyersSixty-Three Clark Hill Attorneys Named to Michigan Super Lawyers 2014 List Thirty-Seven Clark Hill Attorneys named DBusiness Top Lawyers for 2015Fifty-Nine Clark Hill Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in the 2015 Edition of Best Lawyers in America Members of Clark Hill PLC's Education Practice Group to Present at the 76th Annual MSBO Conference and Exhibit Show, May 6-8, 2014Clark Hill Partners with Plante & Moran to Present School Law and Finance SeminarClark Hill Attorneys Barbara A. Ruga & John Gierak Present at the MNA Fall Conference – October 10Sixty-Five Clark Hill Attorneys Named to Michigan Super Lawyers & Rising Stars 2013 ListFifty-Seven Clark Hill Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in the 2014 Edition of Best Lawyers in AmericaClark Hill Attorneys John Gierak and Sarah Geddes presented at the 2013 MAASE Summer InstituteClark Hill Attorneys John Gierak and Sarah Geddes present at the 2013 MAASE Summer InstituteClark Hill Partners with Plante & Moran to Present School Law and Finance SeminarForty-Seven Clark Hill Attorneys Named 2013 Top Lawyers by dBusiness MagazineForty-Four Clark Hill PLC Attorneys Selected for Inclusion on the 2013 Best Lawyers in America ListFifty-Three Clark Hill Attorneys Named to Michigan Super Lawyers & Rising Stars 2012 ListThirty-Six Clark Hill Attorneys Named to Super Lawyers Business Edition 2012Clark Hill Attorneys John L. Gierak and Joseph B. Urban to Present “The New Nuts and Bolts of Collective Bargaining in the Post Reform Era” to the Metro BureauForty Clark Hill Attorneys Listed in the Best Lawyers in America 2012 EditionForty-Nine Clark Hill Attorneys Named to Michigan Super Lawyers & Rising Stars 2011 ListClark Hill Attorney John L. Gierak to Present at the Michigan Association of School Board’s 23rd Annual Spring Law ConferenceClark Hill Attorney John L. Gierak to Present During the NSBA Council of School Attorneys' "2010 School Law Practice Seminar"Fifty-One Clark Hill Attorneys Named to Michigan Super Lawyers & Rising Stars 2010 ListThirty Four Clark Hill Attorneys Listed in the Best Lawyers in America 2011 EditionThirty Clark Hill Attorneys Selected as Best Lawyers in AmericaThirty Two Clark Hill Attorneys Named in Michigan Super Lawyers MagazineNine Clark Hill Attorneys Named to Super Lawyers’ Corporate Counsel EditionFour Clark Hill Attorneys Named in Michigan Super Lawyers Magazine Top 100Thirty Two Clark Hill Attorneys Selected as Michigan Super Lawyers