Any darn fool can learn from his own mistakes. The wise learn from the mistakes of others.

- Julius Stark

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Sheldon J. Stark

Phone: 734-417-0287


  • Mediator and Arbitrator
    1985 to date
  • Distinguished Visiting Professor
    University of Detroit Mercy School of Law
    651 East Jefferson Avenue
    Detroit, MI 48226-4349
    2010 to 2012
  • Specialty Programs Director
    Institute of Continuing Legal Education
    1020 Greene Street
    Ann Arbor, MI 48109
    2005 to 2010
  • Education Director
    Institute of Continuing Legal Education, Ann Arbor
    September 1, 1999 to 2005
  • Partner
    Stark and Gordon, Royal Oak
  • Principal
    Law Office of Sheldon J. Stark, Detroit
  • Attorney and Partner
    Kelman, Loria, Downing, Schneider & Simpson, Detroit


Employment discrimination, civil rights, personal injury law.


  • J.D., University of Detroit School of Law, 1973, Magna Cum Laude.
  • B.A., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1966.


  • American Bar Association
    Labor and Employment Law Section; Individual Rights Member, Equal Employment Opportunity Committee.
  • American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan
    Metropolitan Detroit Branch, Vice President, 1995-96, 1996-97, 1997-98; 1998-99; 1999-2000; Executive Board Member from 1982; Delegate to State Board 1994-1997; Alternate, 1998-1999; member 2004; Co-Chair, Lawyer’s Committee, Detroit Metropolitan Branch, 1995-99; member, Lawyer’s Committee, ACLU of Michigan.
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
    Member, Employment Section Advisory Committee 1990 to date; Chair, Employment Law Section, 1990-91; Publications Committee, 1996 to 1999.
  • Attorney Grievance Commission
    Chair, Attorney Discipline Panel #84.
  • Detroit Bar Association
  • Employment Panel Arbitrator, American Arbitration Association
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission: Member, Advisory Board Mediation Program, Detroit District Office 1997 to date.
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Fund for Equal Justice
    1977 to date; Secretary 1980-1995; Chair, 1995 to 2003.
  • Institute of Continuing Legal Education
    3-year term appointment in 1997, Labor and Employment Advisory Board.
  • Michigan Supreme Court Committee on Standard Jury Instructions
    Chair, Intentional Tort and Employment Law Subcommittee 1985 to date; full member of Committee 1996 to 2002.
  • Michigan Trial Lawyers Association
    Executive Board 1996 to 1999; member, Employment Discrimination Committee; Co-Chair: Education Committee 1997 to 1999, Treasurer, 1999.
  • National Lawyers Guild
    Detroit Chapter, President, 1992-94; Executive Board member 1980 to 1996.
  • National Employment Lawyers Association
    Member, 1990 to date.
  • State Bar of Michigan
    Member, Labor & Employment Law Section Council, 1987-93; Treasurer, 1995; Secretary, 1996; Vice-Chairman, 1997; Chairman, 1997-98; member, Constitutional Law Committee, 1997 to 1999.


  • Employment Discrimination in Michigan, Volume 2, co-author, published by Michigan Trial Lawyers Association.
  • Employee Discovery, Employee Dismissal Law: Forms and Procedures, Chapter 4, author, published by Wiley & Sons.
  • Employment Litigation in Michigan, Chapter Author, published by ICLE.
  • Experts, Proofs and Problems in Establishing Emotional Distress Damages, author, published by ICLE.
  • Michigan Causes of Action Form Book, Chapter Author, published by ICLE.
  • Michigan Causes of Action Form Book, 1998 Supplement, Chapter Author.
  • Michigan Wrongful Discharge & Employment Discrimination Law: 1999 Supplement
  • Michigan Wrongful Discharge & Employment Discrimination Law: 1996 Cumulative Supplement
  • Michigan Wrongful Discharge & Employment Discrimination Law: Revision

Publications & Presentations

Papers for various legal publications (author and/or co-author) Partial:

  • What Did The Clarence Thomas-Anita Hill Hearings Teach Us About Sexual
  • Harassment?, TRIAL Magazine
  • Emotional Distress Damages In Employment Discrimination Cases
  • Should Discrimination Be A Misdemeanor?, ATLA Section newsletter
  • The “After-Acquired Evidence” Doctrine Is Under Attack in the Supreme Court, TRIAL magazine
  • The “After-Acquired Evidence” Doctrine Since McKennon, TRIAL magazine
  • Responsible Rainmaking, TRIAL magazine
  • Employment Law After Rowe v Montgomery Ward
  • Employment Lawyers and Computer Technology
  • Review: Weeks v Baker McKenzie, TRIAL magazine
  • Evaluating and Handling Employment Discrimination Cases--A Primer, Michigan State Bar Journal
  • Handling Universal Employer Defenses In Civil Rights Litigation
  • The Treatment of Visual Trial Aids Under The Federal Rules Of Evidence
  • How I Became a Computer Dweeb, TRIAL magazine
  • When the Trial Judge Is A Defendant, co-author, Civil Rights Litigation and Attorney Fees Annual Handbook, Volume 5, Clark Boardman, publisher.
  • Trying Discrimination Cases To The Jury, TRIAL magazine.
  • Teaching Harvard Law School, Trial Advocacy Workshop, since January 1988.
  • National College of Advocacy, participant, Litigating Employment Law Cases seminar, October 1997.
  • Oakland County Community College, Orchard Ridge Campus: Trial Preparation for Legal Assistant, 1991-1995; Policy Advisory Council, Legal Assistants Program, 1996 to 1999.


  • Frequent speaker and presenter to various groups, including ATLA, NELA, MTLA and ICLE.
  • American Arbitration Association, Arbitrator, Employment Panel
  • Annual Advocacy Institute, Ann Arbor: Participant, 38th (1987), 42nd (1991), 47th (1996).
  • Michigan Department of Civil Rights, Hearing Referee, 1985 to date.
  • National Center for Dispute Settlement, ADR Panelist, 1995 to 1999.
  • National Employment Mediation Services, ADR Panelist, and member, Advisory Panel.
  • Oakland County Bar Association, Case Evaluator, 1996 to date
  • Wayne County Mediation Tribunal, Case Evaluator, 1983 to date
  • Very Special Arts Michigan, Executive Board Member, 1994-1998
  • Approved Circuit Court Mediator, Wayne, Oakland, Washtenaw & Kent Counties, 2002.
  • Mediation Trainer, ICLE 40-hour hands-on mediation training, 2001 to date


Completed 40-hour Facilitative Mediation Training, Oakland Mediation Center, October 29, 2000. Completed 20 hour Training for Mediator Training, Community Dispute Resolution Program, October 12-14, 2000, State Court Administrative Office.

Honors and Awards

  • Recipient, The Bernard Gottfried Bill of Rights Day Award
  • Metropolitan Detroit Branch, American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan, December 15, 1999
  • Michigan Lawyers Weekly, Reader’s Poll, voted 1 of 25 most influential lawyers in Michigan.
  • The Best Lawyers in America, listed 1987 - 2000.
  • National Registry of “Who’s Who”, Life Member, 1999 Edition.
  • Distinguished Service Award, Labor & Employment Law Section, State Bar of Michigan, January 2009
  • The Michael Franck Award, Representative Assembly, State Bar of Michigan, 2010
  • dBusiness Magazine, Top Lawyers in Alternative Dispute Resolution for 2012 and 2013
  • Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association, Fellow, 2013
  • Fellow, College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, elected June 2015
  • Distinguished Fellow, International Academy of Mediators, Inducted April 2017