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Mark Burzych - Michigan Franchise Attorney

Mark J. Burzych

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Seemingly, Mark Burzych does it all. He’s an accomplished 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. As a founding member of Fahey Schultz Burzych Rhodes PLC, Mark leads the firm’s business practice. Mark’s business practice focuses on developing and implementing growth strategies for businesses 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 the hospitality industry, 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. 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” and frequently writes articles about franchising issues for the Michigan Restaurant Association.  In 2012, Mark served as a facilitator at the International Franchise Association's Annual Convention in Orlando, Florida, where he facilitated a discussion on the topic of "Disclosure Issues related to Promotional Franchise Sales Incentive Programs."  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 has also taught the required Federal Administrative Law course at Cooley.

Mark is listed in the Best Lawyers in America (2009 – present), Best Lawyers in America's Lansing Government Relations Practice Lawyer of the Year (2015), in Super Lawyers (2009 – present), Leading Lawyers (2014 - present), and rated AV by Martindale-Hubble. 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.  In 2011, Mark was appointed by Governor Rick Snyder to serve on the Advisory Rules Committee to assist in making recommendations to the Michigan Liquor Control Commission on liquor license regulatory policy.  In 2010, Mark served on the Judicial Crossroads Task Force to the Michigan Bar Association, Business Impact Committee.  Mark is also currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Michigan Restaurant Association (2012 - present).

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.


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