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Labor, Employment and Education Attorney

Pat's practice concentrates on the full spectrum of civil rights issues including race, gender and disability matters, free speech and electronic privacy issues in the workplace. In addition to litigation, he also does traditional labor work, including negotiation and arbitration, both for public and private sector clients. He also maintains a strong background in education law, representing school districts, community colleges and colleges and universities, both with respect to employment issues as well as student issues.

For more information, please contact Pat White at 616/336-6615 or


Honors & Recognitions

Best Lawyers in America® since 2005

Best Lawyers in America®, Grand Rapids Employment Law - Management, 2012, 2016; Grand Rapids Labor Law - Management, 2013

College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, fellow

Grand Rapids Magazine's Top Lawyers, Labor and Employment Law, 2020

Leading Lawyers: Employment Law - Management; Labor Law - Management; School Law

Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated

Michigan Super Lawyers® since 2011

Professional Affiliations

American Bar Association: Labor Relations Section; Litigation Section, EEO Subcommittee

Grand Rapids Bar Association, Labor Section

Michigan Association of School Boards, Council of School Attorneys, past president

Michigan Employment Relations Commission, Advisory Council, past member

National Association of School Boards, Council of School Attorneys

National Association of College and University Attorneys

State Bar of Michigan, Labor Relations Law Section

Community Involvement

Community Rebuilders, Board president

Senior Neighbors, Inc., past Board president

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University of Illinois College of Law
Urbana, Illinois
J.D., magna cum laude, 1981
Master of Labor and Industrial Relations, 1981

Eastern Michigan University
Ypsilanti, Michigan
M.A., Elementary Education, with highest honors, 1976
Phi Kappa Phi

University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan
B.A., with distinction, 1973

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan

Court Admissions

  • All Michigan state courts
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan
  • United States Supreme Court
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