The Labor and Employment Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan will honor Gordon A. Gregory with the 2003 Distinguished Service Award at its annual Mid-Winter Meeting at the Ypsilanti Marriott at Eagle Crest, January 30–31, 2004. The award is presented annually to a Michigan lawyer in recognition of outstanding service and professionalism in the area of labor and employment law. Gregory will receive the honor Friday evening, January 30. He is a founding partner in the Detroit firm Gregory, Moore, Jeakle, Heinen and Brooks.
"Gordon Gregory is recognized as an exemplary attorney not only for his skill and dedication in representing labor unions and working men and women, but also for his collegiality and numerous contributions to the profession," said David E. Khorey, Chair of the Labor and Employment Law Section. "The award could not have gone to a more deserving lawyer."
A Wisconsin native who graduated from the University of Wisconsin and its law school, Gregory moved to Detroit in 1955 and joined the International UAW legal department. In 1963, he entered private practice and has for many years been the senior partner in one of Michigan's premier union-side law firms. He has represented unions and workers in a wide range of industries and professions, including education, fire fighting, law enforcement, security, manufacturing, food processing and government. In the public sector, he was instrumental in developing Michigan labor law following passage of the Public Employment Relations Act in 1965 and the police and fire binding arbitration statute (Act 312) in 1969. In 1981, he successfully argued the landmark Burns case before the United States Supreme Court, a ruling that established the contours of a successor employer's duty to bargain.
Gregory served on the St. Clair Shores South Lake School Board for 15 years. He is currently an adjunct faculty member at Macomb County Community College and a regular guest lecturer at other colleges, universities, conferences and seminars. He has been active in and chaired numerous professional organizations. He was Chair of the Labor and Employment Law Section in 1975-76. For a number of years he has been selected as one of the "Best Lawyers in America" in the field of labor and employment law. Gregory and his wife Joyce are residents of Harrison Township. They have two children and two grandchildren.
The dinner speaker will be political commentator, reporter and author Tim Skubick. The meeting will also include an educational seminar on the 31st. For registration information contact the State Bar at (800) 968-1442, ext 6321.