David John Masud

David John Masud

Dave is a proven problem solver with more than 30 years of labor law experience. While Dave places a high premium on preventative strategies, he also brings positive solutions in the practice of workplace law. He brings a wealth …

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Gary D. Patterson

Gary D. Patterson

Gary Patterson joined the firm in 1991. His experience includes labor arbitration, grievance resolution, collective bargaining and workers’ compensation. He has distinguished himself as a frequent speaker and instructor on …

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Kraig M. Schutter

Kraig M. Schutter

Kraig is a dedicated professional with 20 years of success in solving problems and representing clients in various labor and employment law concerns. His “sub-specialties” include union avoidance, grievance arbitration, …

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Elizabeth L. Peters

Elizabeth L. Peters

Since Liz has been practicing in the Great Lakes Bay Region, she has established herself as a fierce defense attorney who successfully represents the interests of the clients she serves. Detail oriented and a creative strategist, …

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Richard R. Vary

Richard R. Vary

Before joining the firm, Richard Vary was an Assistant United States Attorney and president and shareholder of a litigation law firm. He has been an instructor, commentator, and author on labor and employment law and trial …

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Brian P. Swanson

Brian P. Swanson

Brian has a strong reputation among his clients, peers, and community as a tireless, passionate, and aggressive attorney. This strong reputation is a product of his dedication and expertise in his field.

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Joshua J. Leadford

Joshua J. Leadford

Josh Leadford is a senior associate with Masud Labor Law Group, having joined our firm in 2011. Josh takes a practical approach to the practice of law and strives to craft workable solutions for our clients' unique needs.

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Sherri K. Gnatkowski

Sherri K. Gnatkowski

Sherri K. Gnatkowski, who assisted in establishing the firm, has extensive labor and employment experience as a legal assistant. In addition to assisting David Masud in client matters, Sherri serves as law firm manager, responsible for office administration, accounting, and staff supervision.

Office Staff

Legal assistants, Lisa Reagan, Beth Bauer and Shannon Groke, along with paralegal, Heather Dennis, have over seventy years of cumulative experience in providing support in the area of labor and employment law. Receptionist, Debbie Totten, and bookkeeper, Dellet Poellet, comprise the remainder of our talented staff.

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We left the ‘big firm’ for the Masud Labor Law Group 25 years ago. Since that time we have had a favorable outcome in all of our litigation and arbitrations. The Masud Labor Law Group has kept the unions out of our non-union locations while preserving and protecting our management rights at the bargaining table at our unionized facilities. – D.J. Bortz, Jr. President/CEO Bortz Health Care

Industry Experience

  • Communications
  • Construction
  • Financial Institutions
  • Services
  • Transportation
  • Manufacturing/Industrial
  • Education
  • Public Entities
  • Insurance
  • Health Care