Patrick SzymanskiPatrick Szymanski is honored for professional longevity in the field of law, with areas of expertise in labor and unemployment law, litigation and appellate practice. He cites his interests in these areas stemming from growing up in Detroit and witnessing the benefits of organized labor and employees. Also inspired by his father, who was an attorney, and his many wonderful professors at Wayne State University, Mr. Szymanski has grown a successful career in law throughout more than four decades of practice.

Mr. Szymanski first set on his path by earning a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics at Wayne State University in 1973. He later earned a JD from the institution in 1976. That same year, he was admitted to practice in the State of Michigan and joined the Appellate Court Branch with the National Labor Relations Board of the Division of Enforcement Litigation with the Office of the General Counsel. He remained here until 1978, where he then joined as an associate at Beeson, Tayer & Bodine. He remained at this firm until 1983, promptly returning to the Office of the General Counsel for another five years. From 1988 to 2004, Mr. Szymanski served as a shareholder with Baptist & Wilder, Professional Corporation. From 1995 to 2005, he served as a general counsel of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. In the more recent years of his career, he has contributed as a counsel to employee trustees with the Central States, Southeast and Southwest Areas Pension Fund and Health and Welfare Funds and as a merger counsel with the U.S. Airline Pilots Association. At the present, Mr. Szymanski is a general counsel withThe Strategic Organizing Center, a position he has contributed under since 2006. He is also an attorney at his law firm, Patrick J Szymanski PLLC.

In addition to these roles, Mr. Szymanksi was a teaching assistant of civil procedure, as well as research for Professor Florian Bartosic and a judicial intern for the Honorable Wade H. McCree. He was the recipient of the Samuel M. Kaynard Award for Excellence in the Fields of Labor & Employment Law from the Hofstra Labor & Employment Law Journal in 2000.

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