Michael Garrison

Professor, Ethics and Business Law

mjgarrison@stthomas.edu

(651) 962-5187

2115 Summit Ave
McNeely Hall 134
St. Paul, MN 55105

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

See publications in UST Research Online

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.

Summer 2015 Courses
Summer 2015 Courses
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Fall 2015 Courses
Fall 2015 Courses
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J-Term 2016 Courses
J-Term 2016 Courses
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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)

Publications
  • Garrison, M. J., & Wendt, J. T. (forthcoming). Employee noncompetes and consideration: A proposed good faith standard for the afterthought' agreement. University of Kansas Law Review,
  • 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 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

Books and Chapters
  • 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
  • Mid-Atlantic Academy of Legal Studies, 2002

Presentations
  • "Critical thinking in business education: The UST experience" AACSB Redesigning Undergraduate Curriculum Conference, Tampa, Floria, May 01, 2014
  • "Non-compete agreements made after an at-will employee has commenced employment: A good faith standard for the "afterthought" agreement" Symposium on Regulating the Free Market, UST School of Law, Minneapolis, Minnesota, January 01, 2014
  • "AACSB PRT visit preparation" Midwest Business Deans Association and Mid-Continent East Deans Association, Chicago, Illinois, October 01, 2011
  • "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