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Administrative Law


Administrative law is the body of law that governs the activities of administrative agencies of government. Government agency action can include rulemaking, adjudication, or the enforcement of a specific regulatory agenda. Administrative law is considered a branch of public law. As a body of law, administrative law deals with the decision-making of administrative units of government (e.g., tribunals, boards or commissions) that are part of a national regulatory scheme in such areas as police law, international trade, manufacturing, the environment, taxation, broadcasting, immigration and transport. Administrative law expanded greatly during the twentieth century, as legislative bodies worldwide created more government agencies to regulate the increasingly complex social, economic and political spheres of human interaction.

  • Negotiating with governmental agencies for permits, licenses, and regulation.
  • Hearings.
  • Agency rules, regulations, and your business interests.
  • Property taxes.
  • Tom Teaches “Regulatory Processes And Administrative Law” (PSC 522) for Central Michigan University (CMU). This graduate level course is also available for undergraduate students. Subject matter includes: constitutional law, adjudication, rulemaking, due process, the State and Federal budgets, and judicial review.  



*Permits, licenses, and regulation.
*Agency rules, regulations, and your business interests.
*Property taxes.
*Choosing the right business entity.
*Security interests.
*Real estate law.
*Business Succession Planning.
*Independent contractors.
*Hiring and firing.
*Mineral rights.

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<strong>Qualifications Profile</strong>
<li>Attorney with ten years of public and twenty years of private sector experience in labor and employment law.</li>
<li>Professor of Labor Law, Administrative Law, and Alternative Dispute Resolution.</li>
<li>Corporate human resources and labor relations manager.</li>
<li>Litigated over 200 labor/employment law cases, wrote 55 employee handbooks, and negotiated collective bargaining agreements with the UAW, Teamsters, Steelworkers, AFSCME, SEIU, and UFCW unions.</li>
<li>Member, Michigan State Bar since 1983; Attorney P35301.</li>
<strong>Professional Experience</strong>

Administrative Law Judge, Michigan Tax Tribunal.

Labor Attorney, Office of the State Employer, State of Michigan. 1999- 2009.
Chief spokesperson during labor negotiations with unions representing State employees.
Negotiated labor agreements with economic values over $ 200 Million.
Labor contract administration scope: 44,000 employees.
Employment law attorney advising eighteen Michigan Department Directors.
Defending the State of Michigan in unfair labor practice litigation; resolved over 200 lawsuits.
Provided labor relations and management training.
Family and Medical Leave Act, the Comprehensive Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, unemployment benefits, workers’ compensation, National Labor Relations Act, and the Michigan Public Employment Relations Act.

Director of Labor Relations. Cambridge Industries, Inc. Madison Heights. MI 1997- 1999.
Responsible for all labor relations and legal issues: twenty facilities and over 2,000 employees.
Labor negotiations.
Corporate training leader.
Corporate health and safety officer.

Human Resources Manager, Attorney, Professor. 1990-1997.
Human resources manager for NTH Consultants. Ltd, Eclipse Tool, Inc, and T &amp; M Asphalt.
Seminar leader for the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, Michigan Association of CPA’s, presenting seminars on employment law and human resources training: hiring, firing, employee evaluation, and compensation.
Adjunct professor, Thomas Cooley Law School- Sports Law and Alternative Dispute Resolution.

Director of Human Resources, Augat Automotive, Mt. Clemens, MI. 1984-1989.
Multi-facility human resources management and corporate legal responsibilities for a ten facility manufacturer with over 1,000 employees.
Compensation, benefits, training, employment, and recruiting.

<strong>Teaching Experience</strong>

1988-1995 Professor, Baker College, Owosso, MI. Business Law.

1988-1998 Seminar Leader, Michigan Chamber of Commerce. Presented seminars entitled: Hiring, Firing, Independent Contractors, Labor and Employment Law, Compensation, Employee Performance Evaluations, and Fair Labor Standards Act.

1992-1998 Adjunct Professor, Thomas Cooley Law School. Alternative Dispute Resolution and Sports Law.

1995- Present. Professor, Central Michigan University. Labor Law and Labor Relations. Administrative Law.


Thomas Cooley Law School, Lansing, MI. J.D., Law. January 16, 1982.

Michigan State University, BA, June 11, 1976.

<strong>Memberships and Interests</strong>

Member, Michigan State Bar since 1983; Attorney P35301.

Director, Williamston Area Beautification Committee.

Chairman, St. Mary- Williamston Parish Stewardship Commission.

Past President and trumpet player- Lansing Concert Band.

Player/Coach, Legal Eagles Hockey Club.

Member, Catholic Lawyer’s Guild.

Knights of Columbus 4th Degree.

Ingham County Republicans, Co-Chair. Chairman of the Ingham County Republican 300 Club.

CORSA- The Corvair Society of America.

Michigan State University  Alumni Band

Michigan State University  Football Players Association

Thomas Ziembovic, Business Representative, Teamsters Local No. 247. (313) 682-0077.
Michael E. Cavanaugh, Fraser Trebilcock Davis and Dunlap (517) 377-0812.
Federal Mediator Jim Statham (248) 250-9843.