Mark J. Burzych
Fahey Schultz Burzych Rhodes PLC
4151 Okemos Road
Okemos, Michigan 48864
Direct: (517) 381-3159
Fax: (517) 381-3172
Seemingly, Mark Burzych does it all. He’s an accomplished Lansing lawyer, an adjunct law school professor, a prolific author, a popular speaker, an avid golfer and a youth basketball, baseball and softball coach. He is also involved in the community, and is impressively connected. A founding member of Okemos based Fahey Schultz Burzych Rhodes, PLC, Mark is the Lansing attorney that leads the firm’s business practice. Mark’s business practice focuses on business expansion and development with an emphasis on franchising, liquor licensing and regulation, general corporate matters, business and finance transactions, real estate, and other business related matters. Mark’s practice is specially tailored to hospitality law, but his experience allows him to assist virtually any business industry or segment.
Following his undergraduate studies at Michigan State University’s James Madison College, Mark received his juris doctorate, cum laude, from the University of Michigan Law School in 1990 and was admitted to the Michigan Bar the same year. Mark is a member of the American Bar Association and its Forum on Franchising. He is also a member of the State Bar of Michigan and its Sections on Administrative Law; and Arts, Communication, Entertainment & Sports. As a Lansing lawyer, Mark is a member of the State Bar of Michigan Administrative Law Section Council and was chair of the Administrative Law section in 2009.
Born in Lansing, Michigan, Mark has been involved in local and state Republican organizations and has worked on the election campaigns of numerous local, state and federal Republican candidates. He is a former intern for then-Vice President George Bush, and a former staff member of the Michigan Republican State Committee under Former United States Senator and former United States Energy Secretary E. Spencer Abraham.
Mark has written several articles for publication on various topics. He co-authored “Recent Developments in Administrative Law,” ICLE State of the Law, 1991, and authored “Recent State Court Decisions,” Administrative Law Quarterly, Winter 1991, Spring 1992. In 2003, Mark co-authored “Vive la Difference? Selective Enforcement of Franchise Agreement Terms and System Standards,” in the Franchise Law Journal (Fall 2003). In 2004, Mark participated on a panel that presented a paper on the issue of selective enforcement of franchise agreement terms and system standards at the American Bar Association Forum on Franchising Annual meeting. Mark is a contributing author for the Michigan Restaurant Association’s Michigan Restaurateur Magazine, writing a column under the title “Ask the Experts.” Mark has been an Adjunct Professor of Law at The Thomas M. Cooley School of Law since 1995, teaching “State Administrative Law” for many years. He is also teaching the required Federal Administrative Law course at Cooley.
Mark is listed in the Best Lawyers in America (2009 – present) and in Super Lawyers (2009 – present). He has been active with the James Madison College Alumni Association Board of Directors, the Board of Directors of the MSU Alumni Club of Mid-Michigan and a Committee Member of the Michigan State University Alumni Association, Alumni as Resource Committee. A member of the Catholic Lawyers’ Guild, he also belongs to St. Martha’s Parish in Okemos and St. Martha’s Council of Knights of Columbus. In 1998, Michigan Governor John Engler appointed Mark to the Board of the Michigan Municipal Bond Authority and served until his term expired on March 31, 2004. In 2002, Governor Engler appointed Mark to the Board and as Chairman of the newly created Michigan Public Education Facilities Authority and served on the MPEFA board until 2010.
Mark is married to Kim, and they have three children; Jay, Mary Kay and Kelly. In addition to golf, Mark enjoys coaching, traveling and family activities. Mark is also an MSU sports enthusiast.