John I. Tesija – Partner

Shortly after finishing law school, Mr. Tesija joined with our firm’s founder, Mr. Gary Novara, to form Novara Tesija over 30 years ago. Since that time, Mr. Tesija has primarily focused his practice in the area of Employee Benefits Law, Labor Law, and related collection services. Mr. Tesija has been providing services to multiemployer plans for over thirty years, and his long career devoted exclusively to the service of multiemployer plans provides our clients with an unrivaled wealth of experience. He is further well versed in administrative proceedings as well as litigation with respect to withdrawal liability.

Education: Mr. Tesija received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree Cum Laude from the University of Michigan-Flint and his Juris Doctorate Cum Laude from the University of Detroit-Mercy. Mr. Tesija is a member of the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans (IFEBP), the American Bar Association (ABA), and the Macomb County Bar Association.

Professional Affiliations: He has appeared before state and federal district courts in Michigan and Ohio, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit, as well as the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). He is licensed to practice law in Michigan, Ohio and various Federal Courts.

Speaking Engagements

Speaker: Michigan Building and Construction Trades Council, 57th Legislative Conference, March 9, 2016; Topic: Updates in PPA/MPRA and PPACA Updates

Speaker: Michigan Building and Construction Trades Council, 56th Legislative Conference, March 11, 2015; Topic: Updates in PPA/MPRA

Presenter: Mason Contractors Association’s Symposium on Withdrawal Liability, March 20, 2013

Presenter: Poured Concrete Wall Association’s Conference on PPA, March 5, 2013

Presenter:  Construction Association of Michigan/Associated General Contractors of Michigan New Right to Work Law and Pension Funds, February 21, 2013

Publications

Mr. Tesija regularly authors client newsletters that cover legal and legislative development affecting plan operations and multiemployer plans in general. He has been a contributor the Michigan Building Tradesman, and has authored a number of instructional pieces for multiemployer plan trustees, with a particular focus on withdrawal liability and the Pension Protection Act (PPA).

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