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OVERVIEW

Frank T. Mamat
Attorney-In-Charge

Detroit Metro

3000 Town Center
Suite 2440
Southfield, MI 48075

P 947-215-1320

F 947-215-1399

OVERVIEW

Frank T. Mamat
Attorney-In-Charge

Detroit Metro

3000 Town Center
Suite 2440
Southfield, MI 48075

P 947-215-1320

F 947-215-1399

Frank T. Mamat is a well-respected labor law attorney known for his accessibility and responsiveness to clients. Because Frank, who is the attorney-in-charge of the Detroit Metro office, knows that labor and employment matters can arise any at time, he strives to make himself readily available to his clients around the clock for their most pressing labor issues.

OVERVIEW

Frank T. Mamat is a well-respected labor law attorney known for his accessibility and responsiveness to clients. Because Frank, who is the attorney-in-charge of the Detroit Metro office, knows that labor and employment matters can arise any at time, he strives to make himself readily available to his clients around the clock for their most pressing labor issues.

A range of entities, from the United Nations to small, two-person businesses, along with construction companies, and trade and business associations – come to Frank because of his nearly 45 years of deep experience helping companies, contractors and employers with their complex labor and union matters.

Through the years, Frank has successfully counseled clients on virtually every type of labor matter. He also helped the Michigan Senate in 2012 prepare Michigan's "Right to Work" law.

In particular, he provides counsel and assistance regarding union matters such as contract negotiations, elections, union avoidance, and labor arbitrations; noncompetes; unfair labor practice litigation; harassment suits; wage and hour issues; National Labor Relations Board cases; organizing attempts by unions, mass picketing and violence, secondary boycotts and pressure; and OSHA-MIOSHA and safety matters. He also advises clients on ERISA trust funds and related fiduciary liabilities.

Frank is sought after in greater Detroit and around the country and serves as labor counsel for several major employer associations and nonprofit trade associations, as well as on local and national boards of directors. He also is frequently asked to speak to major trade groups about various labor and employment law issues.

He also has represented and advised businesses, political groups and governments in legislative and political issues. In the course of his career, Frank has advised a former U.S. president, as well as multiple governors, U.S. and state senators, congressmen, mayors, and county executives, along with dozens of candidate campaigns and political parties. He was special counsel to the Attorney General and Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder regarding enforcement of anti-mandatory PLA statutes and special campaign counsel for Michigan to President Donald Trump. He was also considered by four U.S. presidents to serve as a federal judge in Michigan (1986-1988), as assistant secretary of labor (1992), as chair of the National Labor Relations Board (2001), and as chair of the Federal Labor Relations Authority (2017).

Professional and Community Involvement

Board of directors, Association for Corporate Growth (ACG), Detroit Chapter

Education foundation chair, American Society of Employers

Board of directors, Michigan Association of Home Builders

Board of directors, Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association (MITA)

Labor counsel, Michigan Food and Beverage Association (MFBA)

Labor counsel, Michigan Business and Professional Association

Adjunct professor of labor law, Wayne State University Law School 

Founder and president, 400 Club, Republican Party

Finance chairman and general counsel, Oakland County Republication Party

Vice president of policy and procedures, Jewish Bar Association of Michigan (JBAM)

Board of directors, Temple Israel Brotherhood

Member, College of Labor & Employment Lawyers

Member, National Labor Relations Board's Practice and Procedure Committee for Region 7 (Michigan)

Member, American Bar Foundation

Member, Senior Lawyers Committee of the State Bar of Florida

Member, Detroit Economic Club Speakers Committee

Member, Oakland County Sheriff Advisory Committee

Member, Construction Association of Michigan (CAM)

Member, Private Directors Association

Member, Federalist Society

Member, Republication National Lawyer’s Association

Member and past president, Oakland County Lincoln Republican Club

Member, Metropolitan Detroit Council of B'nai B'rith Co-founder and former president, Detroit Area Construction Association

Member, Membership Development Committee of Detroit Athletic Club

Past chair, American Society of Employers (ASE)

Past chairman, Labor & Employment Council for Associated General Contractors of America (AGC)

Past president, Construction Finance Management Association (CFMA)

Past chairman, Construction Code Commission of Michigan

Former board of directors, Anti-Defamation League (ADL)

Former board of directors, Jewish Vocational Services (JVS)

Past president, Barristers of B'nai B'rith

Honors

AV® Preeminent™ Martindale-Hubbell

Top 100 Labor Lawyers in the U.S., Labor Relations Institute

The Best Lawyers in America

Michigan Super Lawyers

Top Lawyers in Metro Detroit, DBusiness magazine's

The American Lawyer Top Lawyers

Crain's Detroit Business Best Lawyers

Top Lawyers in Michigan, The American Registry

EXPERIENCE
  • Prevented the unionization of staff at United Nations
  • Negotiated labor agreements for all major TV networks and movie studios on the West Coast
  • Successfully defended dozens of national companies in workplace fatality cases under OSHA and MIOSHA standards
  • Effectively negotiated lowest wage rate contracts for a state road builder's association
  • Reduced employer's healthcare costs by over 30% for a global real estate investment, development and management firm at locations in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana 
  • Negotiated stand-alone contracts with operating engineers lower than any other existing Local 324 contract
  • Successfully negotiated contracts and "beat" strikes against numerous construction-related employers
  • Represented Governor Snyder and State of Michigan in upholding state ban against project labor agreements
  • Retained to negotiate labor contracts for a major casino in Detroit
  • Negotiated project labor agreement to build another permanent casino with all Detroit unions
  • Negotiated labor contracts for a train company with UAW
  • Successfully represented a firearm company in UAW matters
  • Prevented labor/union disruption at opening of an entertainment complex during a Michael Jackson concert
  • Successfully represented a major television network in numerous labor matters nationally
  • Defended many employee fatality cases in Michigan and U.S. under OSHA and MIOSHA standards
  • Litigated longest case in Michigan history (at NLRB) against UAW successfully
  • Served as labor/strike counsel for a major automobile manufacturer for Michigan plants during 2006 UAW negotiations
  • Served as labor/employment counsel for a state zoo

All matters occurred prior to joining Barnes & Thornburg.

EXPERIENCE
PRESENTATIONS
  • "A Swinging Pendulum or Course Corrections: Recent Cases and Upcoming Changes," 26th Annual Bernard Gottfried Memorial Labor Law Symposium, Oct. 11, 2018
  • Why Worry About Unions Under the Trump Administration?, American Society of Employers (ASE), Aug. 9, 2018
  • “The Criminalization of U.S. Labor Laws,” Associated General Contractors Labor Law Symposium, May 15, 2017
  • Labor Preparedness Seminar, Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc., April 28, 2015
  • Urgent New Email Rules (and Other Threats) for Employers, American Society of Employers, Feb. 2, 2015
  • Surviving the NLRB's Newest 'Ambush Election' Rules, Michigan Manufacturers Association, April 29, 2014
  • Recent NLRB Rulings, American Society of Employers, April 17, 2014
  • Right to Work - One Year Later: How the Landscape Can Kill a Deal, Association for Corporate Growth, March 11, 2014
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