Mr. Wycoff, the firm's managing partner, has been with the firm since 1974. He is a graduate of Western Michigan University (B.A.) and the Detroit College of Law (J.D.). His memberships include the American Bar Association, Michigan Bar Association, and the American Arbitration Association. He also belongs to the Labor & Employment Law, Public Corporation Law, and Master Lawyer Sections of the Michigan Bar.
He has been a guest lecturer on public employment law issues for several management labor concerns such as the Metropolitan Detroit Bureau of School Studies, Michigan Negotiators Association, Southern Wayne County Negotiators and Michigan NOLPE; has written several treatises on labor related issues concerning negotiation, contract administration, labor arbitration and other related issues; has co-authored an article entitled Impasse in Collective Bargaining, appearing in the Michigan Public Employer Labor Relations Manual; and has served on the Michigan Health Occupations Council as an appointee of the Governor.
Mr. Wycoff has significant experience in the litigation of municipal law issues, including such areas of the law as zoning and planning, public sector construction contracts, architect contracts, and related municipal issues. His other areas of practice includes tax appeals to the Michigan Tax Tribunal and general civil matters.
JOHN R. BERTINO
John is a Downriver native and longtime resident. He is a graduate of both the University of Michigan-Dearborn and Wayne State University Law School. After begin admitted to the bar, he served as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for the Grand Traverse County Prosecutor's Office in Traverse City, MI from 2005-2010. In that capacity, he was assigned to misdemeanor, felony, and delinquency matters among other duties, and his experience includes trying many cases to verdict before both judges and juries.
In 2010, he left the prosecutor's office for private practice with his father, longtime Downriver attorney Thomas J. Bertino. In addition to practice with his father, he has owned and operated his own solo practice gaining experience in numerous practice areas including misdemeanor criminal defense, driver's license restoration, estate administration, estate planning, elder law- including Medicaid planning, municipal law, real estate matters, and Social Security law.
He has served as Assistant City Attorney for the City of River Rouge and is presently Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for the City of Lincoln Park. He is a member of the State Bar of Michigan along with its public corporation, probate and estate planning, and elder law and disability rights sections as well as the bar for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. He is also a member of the Downriver Bar Association and the Knights of Columbus Sacred Heart Council # 13475 on Grosse Ile, and sits on the board of directors for the Wyandotte Kiwanis #1000.