Michael R. Griffie

Michael R. Griffie is an Associate in Butzel Long’s Detroit office. He focuses his practice in areas of government and regulatory affairs, as well as business and employment litigation. Mr. Griffie is an experienced problem solver with a sensible and practical approach to client issues.  Mr. Griffie represents and counsels clients across industries that include healthcare, construction, education, commercial retail, and government contracting. As a counselor, he assists clients as they make business decisions relating to legal, governmental, and practical issues they face. As a litigator, Mr. Griffie represents clients in state and federal civil litigation matters and dispute resolution. 

Mr. Griffie has advised multiple political campaigns at the local, state, and national level. In 2018, he was a candidate for Detroit Charter Revision Commission. He has received the Michigan Chronicle’s 40 under 40 Award (2014); Detroit Regional Chamber Future Leader (2017); Leadership Oakland Fellowship (2017); Super Lawyers Rising Star (2018, 2019).  Mr. Griffie’s community involvement has included serving on the Wayne County Ethics Board (2016) where he was appointed by Wayne County Executive Warren Evans.  He has volunteered with Big Brothers Big Sisters Program of Detroit.  He is also a past co-chair of the Wolverine Bar Association’s Pipeline Committee. Mr. Griffie also serves on Butzel Long’s Recruiting, Diversity, and Retention Committee.

Prior to joining Butzel Long, Mr. Griffie has a decade of experience in school leadership in the Detroit area.  As principal, Mr. Griffie managed school operations, maintained responsibility for federal and state compliance, and oversaw an approximate $10 million budget.  Mr. Griffie is a graduate of Western Michigan Cooley Law School (J.D., 2014) and Wayne State University (B.A., English 2005, M.A., Teaching 2007) where he served as captain of the football team (2004).

Speaking Engagements and Publications

Presenter, "Dealing with the Troubled Employee: A Thoughtful and Safe Approach," Detroit, MI, October 28, 2016

Presenter, “Common Evidentiary Issues in Employment Litigation: What Are They, and Best Tactics to Limit Harm and Maximize the Benefit,” 33rd Annual National CLE Conference, January 2016, Vail, Colorado

Contributor, MLRC Employment Survey 2017: Michigan Libel


  • Wayne State University 2005, B.A.
  • Wayne State University 2007, M.A.
  • Thomas Cooley Law School 2014, J.D.


Detroit Regional Chamber - 2017 Mackinac Future Leader

Michigan Chronicle's 40 Under 40 Award (2014)

Michigan Super Lawyers, Rising Star (Schools & Education) 2018 & 2020

Teach for America's Transformational Change Award (2013)


  • Michigan


Wayne County Ethics Board

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