Mr. Micheal J Falvo

Arbitrator/College Instructor/Trainer
Wayne State University
Criminal Justice Department
3291 Faculty-Administration Building
Detroit, MI 48219
313 405-0366
313 533-5567

Professional Work History:

Current: Faculty, Criminal Justice Department, Wayne State University where I teach courses in Constitutional Criminal Procedure, Judicial Process, Administrative Law in Criminal Justice, and Criminal Law. I am also a legal instructor in the Basic Training Program at the Wayne County Regional Police Training Center at Schoolcraft College in Livonia, Michigan and I serve as the Legal Training Coordinator directing in-service legal training for the Detroit Police Department. From 1972 until my retirement in 2001, I was a sworn member of the Detroit Police Department and for the last 17 years of my law enforcement career I was the principal labor relations manager for the police department with responsibility for overseeing the grievance and arbitration process involving three unions representing sworn officers. I was also responsible for acting as the principal spokesperson on non-economic issues in successor contract negotiations and compulsory interest arbitrations. From 2001 to 2006 I was employed as a Supervising Assistant Corporation Counsel in the City of Detroit Law Department handling all aspects of civil litigation.

Dispute Resolution Experience

I commenced my arbitration practice in 2006 and have been appointed to the labor arbitration panels of the Federal Mediation & Conciliation Service, the American Arbitration Association, and the Michigan Employment Relations Commission. I currently serve on the arbitration panel of the United Mine Workers of America, District 17 and the Bituminous Coal Operations Association and previously served on the District 2 panel. Arbitration assignments have included automotive, education, food service, health care, mining, public safety, transportation, and utilities. Experience in interest arbitration, fact-finding, and grievance arbitration involving absenteeism, discipline and discharge, job assignments, job performance, management rights, past practice, seniority, overtime, work schedules and other contractual interpretation issues.

Cornell University Dispute Resolution Training (Course titles and dates taken)

Employment Law Arbitrator Training Program. December, 2010.

Other Dispute Resolution Training

Federal Mediation & Conciliation Service, How to Become a Labor Arbitrator. National Academy of Arbitrators, 2006 and 2011 Annual Meetings (Non-member registrant) Michigan Employment Relations Commission, Act 312 Arbitrator and Fact-Finder Training Program. Institute of Continuing Legal Education, Annual Labor & Employment Law Institutes. Nance School of Business at Cleveland State University, 2010 FMCS Arbitrator Symposium. Chicago-Kent College of Law, Bi-Annual Midwest Arbitrator's Symposium. Ohio State Employment Relations Board & FMCS, 2011 FMCS Arbitrator Symposium. American Arbitration Assocition, Labor Arbitration I & II, Ethical Boundaries on Arbitrator Authority, Chairing a Tripartite Panel, and related courses. I have also served as a faculty member at the Labor Arbitration Institute, Detroit Program on Labor Law and Labor Arbitration.

Professional Associations

Association for Conflict Resolution Association for Conflict Resolution, Southeast Michigan Chapter Labor & Employment Relations Association Labor & Employment Relations Association, Detroit Chapter Labor & Employment Relations Association, Mid-Michigan Chapter State Bar of Michigan, Labor & Employment Law Section State Bar of Michigan, ADR Section


B.S. Michigan State University M.S. Michigan State University J.D. Wayne State University Law School


Daryl Adams, Deputy Labor Relations Director Detroit Board of Education 7340 Second Avenue, 4th Floor Detroit, MI 48202 (313) 873-7387 Marty Bandemer, President Detroit Police Officers Association 1938 E. Jefferson Avenue Detroit, MI 48207 (313) 567-8770 Mark J. Glazer, Arbitrator P.O. Box 769 Bloomfield Hills, MI 48303 248 858-7900 George T. Roumell, Jr. Arbitrator 655 Griswold, Suite 615 Detroit, MI 48226 (313) 962-8255 Junetta Wynn, President Detroit Police Lieutenants & Sergeants Association 28 W. Adams, Suite 700 Detroit, MI 48226 (313) 961-5699

Fee Policy

The per diem fee is $825.00 for hearing, research, analysis, and completion of the opinion and award. A hearing day is any portion of a day up to 8 hours. Time for research and opinion writing is prorated. Travel time is not charged. The opinion and award will be issued within 30 days of the closing of the hearing or the exchange of post-hearing briefs. EXPENSES: Actual costs incurred for transportation and lodging. Private vehicle reimbursement over 50 miles at I.R.S. rate. CANCELLATION: If the hearing is postponed or canceled less than 14 calendar days but more than 7 calendar days of the scheduled hearing date(s), a fee of $412.50 will be charged for the first day scheduled. If the hearing is postponed or canceled 7 calendar days or less before the scheduled hearing date(s), the full per diem fee will be charged for the first day scheduled.