Michael R. Blum

Foster Swift Collins & Smith PC

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Northwestern Highway 28411
Southfield 48034 MI US

Part of Michael Blum’s effectiveness as a litigator in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) and as a counselor to employers comes from his 11 years with the National Labor Relations Board. Mike primarily focuses on Michigan labor and employment law and has litigated some of the state’s most important cases.

He went to work for the NLRB as a field examiner right out of college and became an NLRB trial attorney in 1987, when he finished law school and was admitted to the bar. Mike works in the firm’s Southfield office.

Michael focuses his practice in five areas:

Labor law. Counsels and represents employers in all kinds of labor matters, including negotiation of collective bargaining agreements, grievance processing, mediation and arbitration, development and implementation of union campaigns and matters before the NLRB. This includes election and unfair labor practice proceedings.

Employment law for private employers: Helps in compliance with state and federal statutes affecting private-sector employers in Michigan and defense of claims before federal and state agencies.

Employment law for public employers. Works with municipalities, road commissions, public schools and state courts in legal matters involving public employees. This includes defense of claims before governmental agencies.

Litigation. Handles high-stakes cases at the trial court and appellate levels. In 2009, for example, Mike prevailed in a precedent-setting claim before the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit which reversed a federal district court’s denial of costs and attorneys’ fees under the Norris-LaGuardia Anti-Injunction Act.

Alternative Dispute Resolution. Has represented employers in arbitrations and as an advocate and mediator. He’s a recognized arbitrator on the American Arbitration Association’s Neutral Employment Panel and a recognized mediator on the American Arbitration Association’s Roster of Mediators.

He’s a prolific author and is frequently invited to speak on complex labor and employment issues. Mike has written dozens of articles for leading organizations and publications. He recently assisted in revising the Michigan Chamber of Commerce’s Hiring to Termination Guide.

He has spoken on a wide range of key topics, including how to handle email communications and the significance of the amendments to the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as well as other state and federal rules and regulations.


  • Wayne State University Law School, J.D., 1986, cum laude
  • Michigan State University, B.A., 1978, Personnel Administration, with High Honors

Bar and Court Admissions:

  • Michigan
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan
  • U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals



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