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