Meet John P. Racine, Jr., of Counsel Print
Employment, Labor, Mediation

o: 231-947-0400
e: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Mr. Racine specializes primarily in employment and labor law, mediation and arbitration.

AV peer review rated in Martindale-Hubbell. Listed in "The Best Lawyers in America" - labor and employment law and mediation.

University of Detroit, A.B., 1971
University of Michigan, J.D., 1975

Mr. Racine has been practicing law in Traverse City since 1975. His practice in public and private sector management-side employment and labor law includes employment discrimination matters, employee discipline and termination, collective bargaining negotiations and contract issues, grievances, arbitrations and unfair labor practices, statutory compliance issues, unemployment compensation claims and review of employee policies and manuals. He represents employers in courts and before administrative agencies including the Michigan Employment Relations Commission, Michigan Department of Civil Rights, NLRB, and the EEOC. He has also served as an arbitrator of insurance, real estate and construction cases.

Mr. Racine enjoys assisting people in resolving their disputes through the process of facilitative mediation, which often leads to a more timely, less expensive and more satisfying outcome than is achieved through a traditional trial in court. He has been the mediator in more than a thousand cases involving business disputes, real estate, contracts, municipal, personal injury, malpractice, insurance, discrimination, construction and probate matters. He is currently listed as an approved general civil mediator by several circuit, district and probate courts.

Additional Professional Info:
Mr. Racine is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, Grand Traverse/Leelanau/Antrim Bar Association (President, 1985-1986; Chair, Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee 2004-2012), Michigan Defense Trial Counsel (Board of Directors, 1990-1992), and the Michigan Public Employer Labor Relations Association. For many years he has served the Legal Aid Clinic as a pro bono attorney and Conflict Resolution Services, Inc. as a volunteer mediator and quality assurance observer. He previously served on the Michigan Supreme Court Mediation Rule Committee (1994-1995).

Civic and Charitable Activities:
Mr. Racine currently serves as Chair of the Garfield Township Planning Commission, is on the Joint City of Traverse City/Garfield Township Planning Commission, and is the current President of the Rotary Club of Traverse City.  In the past he has served on the Board of Rotary Charities of Traverse City and on many other non-profit and municipal boards and has been a United Way volunteer, Cherry Festival volunteer, coach of children's hockey and baseball teams, and served on church committees.