Clark Hill Attorneys Marshall W. Grate and Matthew T. Smith Author Article Featured in Michigan Restaurant Association’s April Publication

Apr 2, 2010

GRAND RAPIDS, MI Clark Hill attorneys Marshall W. Grate and Matthew T. Smith authored “Be in the Know: Wage and Hour Laws Clarified,” which was published in the Michigan Restaurant Association’s April edition of Michigan Restaurateur . The article addresses two key employment law issues every employer must be prepared to face; wage and hour law and equal employment opportunity laws. To read the article, please click here .


Marshall W. Grate is a Senior Attorney in Clark Hill’s Grand Rapids office where he is a member of the Education and Municipal Law, and Labor and Employment Law practice groups. Marshall specializes his practice in public school law, labor and employment law, municipal corporations, and private sector employers. Marshall has broad experience in all labor and employment matters, but focuses on personnel administration, wage and hour issues, employment discrimination (EEOC), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), unfair labor practices, collective bargaining, and labor arbitration. Marshall has successfully defended clients in both bench, 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.


Marshall received his law degree, summa cum laude , from Indiana University School of Law, Indianapolis campus, in 1981. While in law school, he was the Associate Editor to the Indiana Law Review. Marshall has published several articles, including, “COBRA’S Requirements for Group Health Plans, Do They Apply in a Strike” and “Binding Arbitrations of Statutory Employment Discrimination Claims”. He has also has several speaking engagements for labor, employment, and school law issues. He is a member of the Board of Directors for the Michigan Association of School Board Attorneys.


Matthew T. Smith is a member of Clark Hill’s Litigation Practice Group, and specializes in commercial and construction related matters.  Mr. Smith is experienced in bankruptcy, creditor’s rights, real estate and civil litigation.


Mr. Smith received a B.A. degree in Financial Administration from Michigan State University in 1991, where he was an athlete and received several scholarships and awards.


Mr. Smith joined the United States Marine Corps in 1993 and has achieved the rank of Major.  After receiving his law degree from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law in 1994, he practiced bankruptcy, real estate and corporations’ law.  In 1995, he returned to active duty for the Marines and attended Naval Justice School in 1996, receiving certification as a Judge Advocate of the United States Marine Corps.  Mr. Smith served as government counsel, defense counsel, and as a Special Assistant United States Attorney for the Marine Corps’ Office of the Staff Judge Advocate in San Diego , California .  He returned to Michigan in 1999 to practice creditors’ rights law, construction litigation, real estate and corporations’ law, while also working for the U.S. Marine Reserves.



Clark Hill PLC is a full service law firm that provides Business Legal Services, Government & Public Affairs, and Personal Legal Services to our clients throughout the country. With offices in Arizona, Illinois, Michigan and Washington, DC, Clark Hill has more than 200 attorneys and professionals. For more information on our firm and our services, visit www.clarkhill.com.