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Steven K. Girard

Senior Counsel | Email

  • Grand Rapids

    t. +1.616.752.2523

    f. +1.616.752.2500


Steve Girard is a labor and employment attorney who represents private sector businesses, health care entities and municipal entities in a variety of cases involving collective bargaining, Act 312 eligibility issues, unfair labor practice charges, discrimination, FLSA, OSHA and other employment issues. He began his legal career in 1986 and has since built a reputable practice advocating for clients facing complex labor and employment matters and disputes.
A large portion of Steve’s practice focuses on negotiations of collective bargaining agreements. He represents several Michigan municipal entities and has acted as chief spokesperson on hundreds of collective bargaining agreements – both initial and renewal contracts. His clients in the municipal sector include counties, cities, townships, villages, community mental health agencies, road commissions, central dispatch authorities, county medical care facilities and county health and human services boards. Steve has served as general counsel to the Michigan County Medical Care Facility Council for over 20 years.
His work consists of: preparing and handling hundreds of grievance arbitration cases, preparing policy manuals and employee handbooks, investigating and preparing position statements on discrimination cases, unemployment matters, FLSA and OSHA issues, employee discharges and myriad other labor and employment matters. Specifically with respect to interest arbitrations, Steve has expertise in Act 312 (binding police and fire) arbitrations and fact-finding (interest arbitration) proceedings. He has served as the employer delegate to Act 312 arbitration panels, litigated Act 312 eligibility issues and related unfair labor practice charges – all before the Michigan Employment Relations Commission.


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  • Northern Michigan University B.A.
  • Wayne State University Law School J.D.


  • Michigan

Bar Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Grand Rapids Bar Association, Labor Law Sections


Honors & Awards



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