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Gary J. Collins received his undergraduate degree with high honors, and a Masters in Labor and Industrial Relations from Michigan State University; and his Juris Doctorate degree from Wayne State University. Prior to becoming an attorney Mr. Collins was employed for two years by the Michigan Association of School Boards as a Labor Relations Consultant and for four years by Grand Blanc Community Schools as Director of Labor Relations. He is an experienced litigator practicing in state and federal courts, the Michigan Department of Civil Rights, Michigan Department of Education, Michigan Employment Relations Commission, State Tax Tribunal, National Labor Relations Board, and U.S. Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights. Mr. Collins has represented over 30 Michigan School Districts in all phases of collective bargaining, including mediation, fact finding and arbitration. Mr. Collins co-authored the 2009 Edition of The Michigan Teacher and Tenure with William J. Blaha. Mr. Collins holds memberships with the Labor and Employment Sections of the State Bar of Michigan, the Michigan Council of School Attorneys and the National Council of School Attorneys.


  • Admitted to the State Bar of Michigan

  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Michigan

  • United States District Court, Western District of Michigan

  • 6th Circuit Court of Appeals


  • Michigan State University (B.A.)

  • Michigan State University (Masters in Labor and Industrial Relations)

  • Wayne State University Law School (J.D.)


  • Alternative Dispute Resolution, Tax, and Labor / Employment Sections of the State Bar of Michigan;

  • American Arbitration Association

  • Michigan Association of School Board

  • Michigan and National Councils of School Attorney

  • Bond Buyer’s Directory of Municipal Bond Dealers.


  • Michigan House Committee on Education (Teacher Tenure)

  • Tri-County Alliance (Teacher Evaluations & Teacher Tenure)

  • Michigan Elementary and Middle School Principals Association (Teacher Tenure)

  • Michigan Association of School Administrators (Teacher Evaluations & Teacher Tenure


  • Co-Author of 1993, 2002, and 2009 Editions Michigan Teacher and Tenure

Revised School Code
Michigan Teacher Tenure Act
Labor and Employment MattersLitigation
Special Education

Students Rights and Responsibilities
Municipal Finance














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