John L. Gierak chairs Clark Hill’s Education and Municipal Practice Group, and focuses his practice in the areas of labor and employment law, education law, and litigation. John represents public and private employers in all aspects of labor and employment law, including contract negotiations, as well as acting as general counsel to public school districts.
With respect to labor and employment law, John routinely represents and advises clients in all areas of contract negotiations, grievances and arbitration, unfair labor practices, wrongful discharge, employment discrimination, fringe benefit and wage/hour issues, FMLA compliance, and day-to-day matters of personnel administration, such as layoffs and employee handbooks.
During the course of his lengthy career, he has negotiated contracts on behalf of numerous employers, and has worked with a majority of the major unions, including the MEA, MFT, UAW, Teamsters, Steelworkers, and AFSCME.
In the area of education law, John counsels clients in matters of public school governance, constitutional law, tenure and election law, special education, vocational education, student discipline, Open Meetings Act, Freedom of Information Act, Title IX, civil rights, and general school law.
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