Michael Garrison

Full Professor, Ethics and Business Law

mjgarrison@stthomas.edu

(651) 962-5187

2110 Summit Ave
McNeely Hall 134
St. Paul, MN 55105

J.D., Law, University of North Dakota School of Law
B.S., Economics, North Dakota State University

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Michael J. Garrison is the associate dean for Faculty and Scholarship in the Opus College of Business. As associate dean, he coordinated the college's successful effort to secure accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB) in 2010.He joined the college in 2005 as a professor of business law and served as the chair of the Department of Ethics and Business Law from 2007-09.

Garrison has received numerous awards and honors for his teaching and research. Over the course of his academic career, he has developed and taught courses in international law, Internet law, cyber security, advanced commercial law, negotiation and dispute resolution. He continues to teach a course in the Full- time UST MBA program titled Ethical Leadership and Corporate Accountability, a strategy-level course in law and ethics team-taught with Kenneth Goodpaster, the Koch Endowed Chair in Business Ethics.

Garrison has an extensive record of publications, including scholarly journal articles, textbooks and teaching materials. He has four articles in the American Business Law Journal, the premier scholarly journal in the business law discipline, three of which received the prestigious Ralph Hoeber Award for research excellence. His current research focuses on non-compete agreements and trade secrets.

Garrison received a bachelor of science degree in economics from North Dakota State University in 1976 and a J.D. (with distinction) from the University of North Dakota School of Law in 1979. Prior to joining the business school faculty at NDSU, he practiced law in Fargo, North Dakota, specializing in commercial litigation, a practice he continued on a part-time basis during his 20-year tenure at NDSU.

Fall 2014 Courses
Fall 2014 Courses
Crs - Sec Title Days Time Location
BETH 701 - 121 Ethical Ldrshp & Corporate Act - T - R - - - 0830 - 1000 SCH 127
Description of course Ethical Ldrshp & Corporate Act : CRN: 42677
Registration is restricted to Full - time MBA students only This course provides an overview of a wide array of business situations at the individual, organizational and societal levels with a focus on the ethical aspects of those situations and a review of the legal aspects of those situations. The course reviews and applies moral philosophy, important legal principles and human decision- making psychology for analyzing the ethical issues in business organizations. It also examines the challenge of ethical leadership and how an organization can be structured and developed to encourage employees at all levels to think and act ethically in a global environment. The lab involves introducing students to local organizations engaged in efforts to revitalize the business community. This is designed to help them enhance and appreciate the relationship between business and the larger society.

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BETH 701 - 122 Ethical Ldrshp & Corporate Act - T - R - - - 1015 - 1145 SCH 127
Description of course Ethical Ldrshp & Corporate Act : CRN: 42678
Registration is restricted to Full - time MBA students only This course provides an overview of a wide array of business situations at the individual, organizational and societal levels with a focus on the ethical aspects of those situations and a review of the legal aspects of those situations. The course reviews and applies moral philosophy, important legal principles and human decision- making psychology for analyzing the ethical issues in business organizations. It also examines the challenge of ethical leadership and how an organization can be structured and developed to encourage employees at all levels to think and act ethically in a global environment. The lab involves introducing students to local organizations engaged in efforts to revitalize the business community. This is designed to help them enhance and appreciate the relationship between business and the larger society.

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Academic and Professional Positions
  • Associate Dean for Faculty and Scholarship, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul / Minneapolis (2009 - present)
  • Professor, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul / Mpls (2005 - present)
  • Dept Chair - Ethics and Business Law, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul / Minneapolis (2007 - 2009)
  • Professor of Business Law, North Dakota State University - College of Business Administration, Fargo (1997 - 2005)
  • Visiting Professor of Business Law, California Polytechnic State University - Orfalea College of Business, San Luis Obispo (2003 - 2003)
  • Coordinator of Business Administration, North Dakota State University - College of Business Administration, Fargo (1997 - 1998)
  • Associate Professor of Business Law, North Dakota State University - College of Business Administration, Fargo (1990 - 1996)
  • Associate Dean, North Dakota State University - College of Business Administration, Fargo (1991 - 1993)
  • Coordinator of Accounting, North Dakota State University - College of Business Administration, Fargo (1989 - 1991)
  • Assistant Professor of Business Law, North Dakota State University - College of Business Administration, Fargo (1984 - 1989)
  • Lecturer in Business Law, North Dakota State University - College of Business Administration, Fargo (1980 - 1984)

Major Works
  • Garrison, M. J., & Wendt, J. T. (forthcoming). Non-compete agreements made after an at-will employee has commenced employment: Toward a good faith standard for the 'afterthought' agreement. University of St. Thomas Journal of Law and Public PolicyThe University of St. Thomas Journal of Law and Public Policy,
  • Garrison, M. J., & Rexeisen, R. J. (2014). Faculty ownership of the assurance of learning process: Determinants of faculty engagement and continuing challenges. Journal of Education for Business, (89)(2), pp. 84-89
  • Rexeisen, R. J., & Garrison, M. J. (2013). Closing-the-loop in assurance of learning programs: Current practices and future challenges. Journal of Education for Business, (88)(5), pp. 280-285
  • Garrison, M. J., & Wendt, J. T. (2008). The evolving law of employee non-competes: Recent trends and an alternative policy approach. American Business Law Journal, (45)(1), pp. 107-186
  • Garrison, M. J., & Reitzel, J. D. (2006). Zoning restrictions and marketability of title. Real Estate Law Journal, (35), pp. 257-286
  • Garrison, M. J. (2005). Limiting the protection of employees from compelled non-compete agreements under state whistleblower laws: A critical analysis of Maw v. Advanced Clinical Communications. The Labor Lawyer, (20), pp. 257-290
  • Garrison, M. J., & Stevens, C. D. (2003). Sign this agreement not to compete or you're fired! Noncompete agreements and the public policy exception to employment at will. Employee Responsibilities and Rights Journal, (15), pp. 103-126
  • Garrison, M. J. (2002). The contributory negligence defense and auditor liability. Midwest Law Review, (18), pp. 1-15
  • Reitzel, J. D., Bennett, R., & Garrison, M. J. (2002). American law of real estate. South-Western Pub. Co.

Research Interests
  • Business Law
  • Employment
  • Intellectual Property

Awards and Honors
  • NSF, 2003
  • Mid-Atlantic Academy of Legal Studies, 2002

Presentations
  • "Non-compete agreements made after an at-will employee has commenced employment: A good faith standard for the "afterthought" agreement" University of St. Thomas Journal of Law and Public Policy presents its spring symposium, "Regulating the Free Market: Dodd-Frank, Non-Compete 'Afterthoughts', Religion and Welfare, Minneapolis, Minnesota, January 01, 2014
  • "E-commerce law in Australia and the United States" Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Long Beach, California, August 01, 2008
  • "Consideration and employee non-compete agreements: The continuing policy debate over the afterthought agreement" Pacific Northwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Vancouver, Canada, January 01, 2008
  • "Non-compete promises made after an at-will employee has commenced employment: Should good faith be required for the 'afterthought' agreement?" Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Long Beach, California, January 01, 2008
  • "The rise and fall of the inevitable disclosure doctrine" Pacific Southwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Palm Springs, California, March 01, 2007
  • "The evolving law of employee non-competes: Recent trends and alternative policy approaches" Academy of Legal Studies in Business, San Francisco, California, August 01, 2005
  • "Restricting the Protection of Employees from Compelled Non-compete Agreements under State Whistleblower Laws: A Critical Analysis of Maw v. Advanced Clinical Communications" Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Ottawa, Canada, August 01, 2004
  • "Expanding the Protection of Employees from Non-compete Agreements under State Whistleblower Laws: A Critical Analysis of Maw v. Advanced Clinical Communications" Mid-Atlantic Legal Studies in Business Annual Meeting, College Park, Maryland, March 01, 2004
  • "Privacy and security law: Curricular and research agendas" Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Ottawa, Canada, January 01, 2004
  • "Recent Developments in Contracts and Sales Law" F-M Purchasing Managers Association Meeting, Fargo, North Dakota, November 01, 2003
  • "Sign This Agreement Not to Compete or You're Fired! Non Compete Agreements and the Public Policy Exception to Employment at Will" Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Nashville, Tennessee, August 01, 2003
  • "Consumer's Guide To Marketability Of Land Titles" Western Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Asilomar, California, April 01, 2003
  • "Recent Developments in the Law of Employee Agreements Not to Compete" Pacific Southwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Palms Spring, California, February 01, 2003
  • "Garrison, Michael J., and Stevens, Charles D., 'Sign This Agreement Not to Compete or You're Fired! Noncompete Agreements and the Public Policy Exception to Employment at Will,' (invited presentation)" Academy of Legal Studies in Business, January 01, 2003
  • "Non-Compete Agreements and the Public Policy Exception to Employment at Will" Mid-Atlantic Legal Studies in Business Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, March 01, 2002