Stephen O. Schultz - Fahey Schultz Burzych Rhodes PLC

Stephen O. Schultz

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2005
Phone: 517-381-3151

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.

Oakland UniversityBA 1973Michigan State UniversityMA 1975Wayne State UniversityJ.D. 1978
American Inns of CourtMichigan State Bar FoundationPublic Corporation Law Section, State Bar of MichiganRotary International

Case History

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.

Client Comments

"I have been an elected city council member since 1985, and was elected mayor by the people since 1998. I have worked with many municipal attorneys and attended many state and national workshops and seminars. I have never had experience with anyone as knowledgeable as Steve Schultz. He is always very reliable and experienced in his opinions and responds to questions the same day. Since he became our city attorney we have not been sued by anyone regarding his legal opinions. He explains things so everyone on the council can understand and use them accordingly. He treats everyone with dignity and kindness and is very well respected by his peers. He supports our community by participating in local events and in the local chamber of commerce. Steve's integrity is beyond reproach and he is an exceptional individual. It was a very lucky day for the citizens of Fenton when we hired Steve Schultz to be our city attorney."

-Sue Osborn
City of Fenton

"Stephen O. Schultz provides services to his clients with integrity, understanding, and always considers all sides of the issue before advising the client. I recommend his firm to anyone seeking assistance in matters of Labor Law."

"Stephen Shultz is an experienced contract negotiator. He is always well prepared, professional, personable, and well respected in the Michigan legal community."

-Julie Herrin
Northville District Library

"Schultz's easy-going, capable demeanor made him a pleasure to work with."

-John Barker
Union Charter Township

Office Location

4151 Okemos Road
Okemos, MI 48864
United States


Lawyer of the Year Awards

2016 Lawyer of the Year in Employment Law - Management of the Lansing Metro Area2012 Lawyer of the Year in Employment Law - Management of the Lansing Metro Area
Stephen O. Schultz has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2016!Stephen O. Schultz has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2012!

Practice Areas

Employment Law - Management
Labor Law - Management
Municipal Law

Other Information

Gender: Male