John Lipford

Affiliate Professor
Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management

225C DeVos Center
Grand Valley State University
401 W. Fulton Street
Grand Rapids, MI  49504

TEL: (616) 331-8827
FAX: (616) 331-3115



B.A., Miami University (OH)
J.D., Michigan State University College of Law


HTM 343 - Human Resource Management
HTM 361 - Hospitality Law and Legislation


While John was attending law school, he was Vice-President of the College's Phi Delta Phi chapter and a member of the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund.  Currently, John is a member of the State Bar of Michigan and is licensed to practice in all courts within the state.

During his career as an attorney, John has represented both individual plaintiff litigants as well as individual and corporate defendants. He has experience in the areas of Constitutional Violations under 42 U.S.C. 1983, the Family and Medical Leave Act, Protected Class Discrimination under Title VII and ELCRA, Wrongful Discharge and Retaliation, the Michigan Whistleblower's Protection Act, the Michigan Workers' Compensation Act, Third and First Party No-Fault Litigation, and other general civil tort litigation.

In his free time, John enjoys spending time with his wife, son, and dogs.  He is an avid Detroit Tigers’ fan, enjoys writing, and his favorite pastime is fishing. 

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