John R. Runyan joined Sachs Waldman in 1979 and became a shareholder in 1984. He has served as the firm's Managing Director from 1997 to 2013.
Mr. Runyan's practice is devoted to the representation of both individuals and labor organizations, both public and private sector, in employment related disputes. For twenty five years, he represented the women in the Detroit Police Department in Schaefer v. Tannian, a class action which successfully challenged the Department's sexually discriminatory hiring, promotion and compensation practices. He has also successfully represented a large number of individual employees before administrative agencies and in both state and federal courts.
Mr. Runyan has served as a member of the adjunct faculty at Wayne State University Law School for the past twenty five years where he teaches a class in Employment Discrimination Law. He serves as the firm's expert on matters relating to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Equal Pay Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act. He has also served as an Arbitrator, Mediator and Facilitator in employment-related disputes. Mr. Runyan has been listed in each edition of Woodward & White's 'The Best Lawyers in America' since 1989.
Mr. Runyan is a graduate of the University of Michigan (AB, 1969) and the Wayne State University Law School (J.D. 1972, Cum Laude). After graduating from law school, he clerked for federal district judge Stephen J. Roth of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. Mr. Runyan is a member of the State Bar of Michigan and is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan.