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Marshall W. Grate

Senior Attorney

Grand Rapids

200 Ottawa NW
Suite 500
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
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Fax: 616.608.1183
J.D., summa cum laude, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, Indianapolis, Indiana, 1981
B.S., summa cum laude, Harding University, Searcy, Arkansas
State Bar Licenses
Court Admissions
U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court

Marshall W. Grate

Senior Attorney

Marshall W. 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. Marshall is an ATIXA certified Title IX investigator. Marshall focuses 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, 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. Marshall 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.

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 currently serves as editor of Clark Hill’s educational newsletter. He has also had numerous speaking engagements for labor, employment, and school law issues, including the Michigan Negotiators Association, Michigan Association of School Board Attorneys, and the Michigan Association of School Law Attorneys.

Michigan Association of School Board Attorneys, Member of the Board of Directors
Newsletter Alerts
Non-Renewal of Probationary Teacher ContractsNon-Renewal of Administrator ContractsUse of Derogatory Terms to Motivate Student-Athletes is Permissible Under Title IXEducation Records Are Subject to FOIA RequestsSubsequent Harassment Must Occur in Title IX Private Causes of ActionNon-Renewal of Probationary Teacher ContractsNon-Renewal of Administrator ContractsNon-Renewal of Administrator ContractsNon-Renewal of Probationary Teacher ContractsContractual Restrictions Against Forum Shopping May Be IllegalNon-Renewal of Probationary Teacher ContractsNon-Renewal of Administrator ContractsMichigan Legislature Repeals Preferential Hiring Requirement for Special Education PersonnelThe United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals Supports a Female Transgender Student's Right to Use the Girl's School RestroomA Minnesota Court Rules Pre-Kindergarten Instructors Should Be Excluded From A Teacher Collective Bargaining UnitMichigan Schools Can Demand Removal of Prohibited Subjects From Collective Bargaining AgreementsUnited States Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals Adopts OCR's Title IX Gender Identity Interpretation for Transgender Students' Access to School FacilitiesNon-Renewal of Administrator ContractsNon-Renewal of Probationary Teacher ContractsTeacher Union Cannot Insist on Contract Including Prohibited Subjects Michigan Court of Appeals Confirms Placement of Teachers is a Prohibited Subject of Bargaining
TITLE IX Q&A: How to Protect your Educational Institution from LitigationContractual Restrictions Against Forum Shopping May Be Illegal
Top 5 Trends for the New School YearWEBINAR: Title IX: Hot Topics2016 Clark Hill & Plante Moran School Law & Finance Seminar Presentation on January 9, 2016MNA Spring Conference: We CAN Learn From Our Past and Impact Our FutureMASA/MCSA Shared-Time Agreements by Marshall Grate
Practice Areas
Labor & Employment
Areas of Emphasis
Title IX Compliance and Investigations