Mr. Mutch has a significant practice in the area of school law. He represents numerous Michigan K-12 public school districts and boards of education in complex and day-to-day matters, including administrator, teacher and support staff contract negotiations, student disciplinary and special education matters, teacher discipline and tenure disputes, Title IX controversies, and other discrimination and constitutional related litigation. As an example, Mr. Mutch represented a school district in a racially charged lawsuit involving the sexual assault of a female student by five of her male classmates. He has also been involved in many high profile cases, one involving the mandatory expulsion of an honors student who violated Michigan weapons laws by wearing traditional Scottish regalia to a school function and another involving a challenge to the inclusion of no-privatization provisions in support unit collective bargaining agreements where he represented a consortium of school districts.
Labor and Employment Law
In addition to his work in the area of school law, Mr. Mutch possesses broad experience handling labor and employment law matters. He has advised both public and private sector employers on issues relating to union and non-union workforces, including collective bargaining agreements, labor arbitrations, organizing drives, and labor regulations. In addition, he has advised company owners and managers on how to handle a wide variety of employment issues, including difficult harassment, discrimination, disability, and wage and hour matters.
Professional Affiliations, Activities, and Honors
Mr. Mutch is a member of the Michigan Council of School Attorneys where he was formerly a member of the Board of Directors. He is currently on the Board of The Right Place, a Grand Rapids-based private economic development organization. He is also a member of the Industrial Relations Research Association, the Human Resources Group of Grand Rapids, the Muskegon Economic Growth Alliance, the American Bar Association, the State Bar of Michigan, and the Grand Rapids Bar Association. He is a former member of the adjunct faculty of Ferris State University, where he taught a course on labor relations. Mr. Mutch is named in “The Best Lawyers in America®” for education law, employment law-management and labor law-management. He was a Michigan “Super Lawyer” for employment and labor from 2006 through 2010.
Articles and Presentations
Mr. Mutch is a frequent speaker on various employment and education related topics, including presentations on The Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA), The Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), the Civil Rights Act of 1991, wage and hour laws, sexual harassment, drug testing, teacher tenure, and the legal ramifications of employment decisions. Additionally, he has authored articles on employee rights, employee medical health records, employment audits and employment-at-will topics.
Mr. Mutch received his law degree, cum laude, from Wayne State University Law School in 1977. While in law school, he was a member of the Law Review and received a Gold Key Award for academic achievement. Mr. Mutch received his undergraduate degree in 1974 from the University of Michigan. He is admitted to practice in all Michigan state and appellate courts.