Clark Hill Attorneys Eric C. Galbally, Marshall W. Grate and Nicole M. Paterson Author "Title IX Q&A: How to Protect your Educational Institution from Litigation"

Oct 17, 2017

GRAND RAPIDS, MI - Most business leaders have heard of the law known as “Title IX,” but few understand the broader context of the statute or how it may be relevant outside of collegiate sports. Clark Hill attorneys Erin C. Galbally, Marshall W. Grate and Nicole M. Paterson specialize in handling matters relating to Title IX (officially known as Title IX of Educational Amendment of 1972) and offer their insight on how it continues to evolve in new ways.

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Galbally guides her clients through complex labor, employment, and Title IX matters with a focus on achieving optimum results. As a Senior Attorney, she provides daily counsel and long-term strategy to public and private sector employers on all aspects of the employee-employer relationship, including collective bargaining, grievance arbitration, compliance under the FMLA, ADA, Title VII and related state laws, employee discipline, and workplace investigations. Galbally regularly appears before the EEOC and the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission. She has a winning record in litigating employment matters in state and federal court and representing clients in arbitration. 

Grate is a Senior Attorney in Clark Hill’s Grand Rapids office where he is a member of the Education & Municipal Law, and Labor & Employment Law practice groups. Grate is an ATIXA certified Title IX investigator. He specializes his practice in public school law, labor and employment law, municipal corporations, and private sector employers. Grate has broad experience in all labor and employment matters, and focuses on school code compliance, FERPA, constitutional legal issues that affect public schools, personnel administration, wage and hour issues, employment discrimination (EEOC), teacher tenure cases, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), unfair labor practices, collective bargaining, mediation, fact-finding and labor arbitration. Grate has successfully defended clients in both bench and jury trials and administrative proceedings. He is licensed to practice in all state and federal courts in Michigan and Indiana and is admitted to the Sixth and Seventh Circuit of the United States Court of Appeals, as well as the United States Supreme Court.

Paterson is an Associate with the Labor & Employment and Education & Municipal Practice Groups in Clark Hill’s Grand Rapids office and an ATIXA certified Title IX investigator. Paterson represents a diverse group of clients operating in both a union and non-union environment, including school districts, long-term care facilities, hospitals, non-profit organizations, municipalities and corporations. She has successfully defended employers before the Michigan Department of Civil Rights, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Michigan Employment Relations Commission, the National Labor Relations Board, the Department of Labor, and state and federal courts.