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John L. Gierak

Member
Office

Birmingham

151 S. Old Woodward
Suite 200
Birmingham, MI 48009
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Fax: +12489882510
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
Super lawyers 2015
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John L. Gierak

Member

John Gierak represents public and private employers in all aspects of labor and employment law, including contract negotiations. He also acts as general counsel to public school districts. During his lengthy career, John has negotiated contracts on behalf of numerous employers and has worked with most of the major unions, including the MEA, MFT, UAW, Teamsters, Steelworkers, AFSCME, SEIU, and IUOE.

John has been a frequent presenter on issues of labor and 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, and Michigan Business Officials Association. In addition, he has also been a presenter for the Institute of Continuing Legal Education.

John has been a contributing author to the treatises Michigan Wrongful Discharge and Employment Discrimination Law (ICLE, Second Edition, 1994 and revisions to 2012), and Employment Law in Michigan (ICLE, 1997 and revisions to 2016). 

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 (HAA) Regional Director, HAA Awards Committee Member, HAA At-Large Committee Member, President of the Harvard Club of Detroit (HCD), HCD Schools and Scholarships Chair, and President of the Detroit Catholic Central Alumni Association. In 2019, he was admitted to the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, a professional association consisting of the leading lawyers nationwide in the practice of labor and employment law.

John serves as Chair for the firm’s Education and Municipal Practice Group.

Awards/Achievements
Best Lawyers in America - Education Law; Employment Law-Management; Labor Law-Management (2005-2021)
Elected to the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers (2019)
Michigan Super Lawyer (2007-2020)
Michigan Super Lawyer Top 100 List
Memberships
State Bar of Michigan, Labor Relations Section, Litigation Section and Computer Section
Michigan Council of School Attorneys, Charter Member and past President (1993-1994)
Oakland County Bar Association, Labor Relations Section
News
Clark Hill Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in the 2021 Edition of Best Lawyers in AmericaClark Hill Lawyers Named 2020 Leading LawyersClark Hill Attorneys Named 2019 Michigan Super Lawyers & Rising StarsClark Hill Attorney John Gierak Elected as Fellow to the College of Labor and Employment LawyersClark Hill Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in the 2020 Edition of Best Lawyers in AmericaClark Hill Attorneys Dana L. Abrahams, John L. Gierak, Marshall W. Grate, Jeremy S. Motz, Nancy L. Mullett, Charles M. Russman and Joseph B. Urban to Present at the MSBO 81st Annual Conference & Exhibit ShowSixty-Six Clark Hill Attorneys Named 2018 Michigan Super Lawyers & Rising Stars143 Clark Hill Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in the 2019 Edition of Best Lawyers in AmericaSixty-Seven Clark Hill Attorneys Named 2018 Leading LawyersSixty-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
Practice Areas
Labor & EmploymentMunicipal Law
Areas of Emphasis
Employment Litigation
Industries
Education