Stephen O. Schultz is a founding Member of the law firm of Fahey Schultz Burzych Rhodes, PLC. The firm opened in 2008 to serve municipalities, public utilities and management in labor matters. For over thirty-five years, his practice has focused on the representation of management in labor and employment matters and municipalities in all matters. In addition, and as a side specialty, since 1979, Steve has represented a large number of interest groups involved in litigation to define the scope of Native American treaty rights in Michigan.
In 2012 and again for 2016, Steve was honored by Best Lawyers and his peers when he was named "Lawyer of the Year" in Management Employment Law.
Steve was admitted to the Michigan Bar in 1978 after attending Wayne State University Law School. Prior to attending Wayne State, he received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Oakland University and a Masters degree from Michigan State University. He is a past Chair and current member of the governing council of the Public Corporation Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan and has served previously as the Editor of the Public Corporation Law Quarterly. He is also a member of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the State Bar and a past instructor of Local Government Administrative Law for the Masters of Public Administration Program at Oakland University.
Steve is a frequent lecturer on labor, library and municipal topics for the associations representing municipalities and libraries.
Goldstone v Bloomfield Twp. Public Library, 479 Mich. 554 (2007) — Representing the Michigan Library Association, this case established the scope of and conditions for the public''s access to public libraries in Michigan.
Michigan State AFL-CIO, et.al. v Employment Relations Comm''n, 453 Mich. 362 (1996) — This case established the constitutionality of significant amendments to the Michigan public sector bargaining law as it related to teachers.
United States, et.al. v State of Michigan, et.al., 424 F3rd 438 CA6, 2005) — This case, together with several previous decisions and negotiated Consent Decrees, established the extent of the exercise of Native American Treaty Rights in the northern portion of the State of Michigan.