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Champion Employment

Champion Employment, Inc. is a Professional Employer Organization (PEO) which offers human resource solutions for small to midsized businesses. These solutions include payroll processing, workers compensation, employee benefits, legal services and regulatory compliance issues.  Our clients companies achieve higher degrees of efficiency by letting Champion handle the non-revenue producing functions associated with being an employer.

Mike Smith - Founder

Michael J. Smith was born and raised in the Metropolitan Area of Detroit in the State of Michigan. Mr. Smith has been married since 1982 and has three young boys ages 8 – 14. Mr. Smith attended Central Michigan University and Wayne State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Law with distinction and was on the Dean’s List. He also played college baseball for three years at Wayne State University. Subsequently, Mr. Smith moved to Georgia and played professional baseball for the Valdosta Red Sox, a minor league affiliate. It was in the early stages of his baseball career that he made the decision to attend Law School. Mr. Smith moved back to Michigan and attended Detroit College of Law at Michigan State University, and in 1984 he earned his Juris Doctorate Degree. Mr. Smith was an editor of the Detroit College of Law Review and has had his work published – Federal Election Commission vs. Florida for Kennedy Committee: Our Draft Committees, Political Committees within the meanings of FECA? 1679 Detroit College of Law Review, 1983.

In 1984, Mr. Smith was appointed Magistrate in Macomb County serving the cities of Clinton Township, Harrison Township and Mt. Clemens in the State of Michigan. He was one of the youngest Magistrates ever to serve in the State of Michigan. Subsequently, Mr. Smith was an Assistant Township Attorney in Clinton Township and was an associate lawyer and became a partner and then in 1991 he started his own law firm, Michael J. Smith & Associates, P.C. which is currently operating in Sterling Heights, MI. He is also the Founder and President of Barrister Legal Services, P.C.

Mr. Smith has been very involved with many areas of law and is a very respected Attorney throughout the State of Michigan. He has edited many books and has also taught classes at Macomb Community College pertaining to criminal law. He is or has been a member of various organizations such as the ATLA, MTLA, ABA, MABP, The State Bar of Michigan and the Macomb County Bar Association.

Mr. Smith has represented various well-known clients in the sports and entertainment industry. Mr. Smith has argued in the Court of Appeals and in the State Supreme Court and has had various cases published in Law Journals.

Human Resource & Governmental Compliance Team

Special Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation

Retired Special Agent with Federal Bureau of Investigation with over 30 years of experience. Served in the New Orleans, St. Louis, Chicago, and Oklahoma City field offices. Investigations included: white-collar crimes, violent crimes, domestic and foreign terrorism, foreign counterintelligence, public corruption, fugitive locations and background investigations. Specialized training in terrorism, hostage negotiations and technical investigations.

Supervisory Special Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation

Retired after 24 years as a Supervisory Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Conducted criminal investigations related to: bank robberies, violent crimes, kidnapping, extortion, drugs, health care fraud, financial institution fraud, economic crimes and fugitive apprehension. Supervised the Special Operations Group, which provided ground and aerial surveillance support, while the Technical Agents provided electronic surveillance support. He was a member of the Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT).

United States Treasury Department, Inspector General

Retired after 26 years with the United States Treasury Department, Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration. He has experience conducting and supervising numerous criminal, administrative, and background investigations in the Southern California area involving white collar crimes and identity theft. Retired with the title of Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Los Angeles field office.

Special Agent, Drug Enforcement Administration

Retired after serving over 22 years with the Drug Enforcement Administration where he retired as the Resident Agent in Charge of the Columbia, South Carolina office. Responsible for high-level, federal drug investigations for 16 South Carolina counties. Established and supervised two DEA task forces comprised of DEA special agents and local/state officers. Resident Agent in Charge of operations in Chiang Mai, Thailand as leader of Royal Thai counter-narcotics unit where he supervised an elite 55-man paramilitary police unit responsible for locating and destroying heroin labs in the jungles of northern Ireland.

Special Agent, IRS

Retired after serving 25 years with the Internal Security Division, Internal Revenue Service, where he retired as Assistant Regional Inspector. Began his federal career as a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs, and later worked in more responsible positions with Internal Security, IRS. At the time of his retirement he supervised approximately 100 investigators in the Mid-State Region of the IRS.

Special Agent, United States Secret Service

Retired after serving 23 years with the United States Secret Service as a Senior Special Agent. Top Secret clearance through U.S. Department of State. Performed over 40,000 hours executive protection in 52 nations. Special assignments in Presidential Protective Division (The White House) and Special Investigations and Security Division. Awarded 11 U.S. Department of Treasury Special Achievement Awards and received 50 letters of commendation for investigative and protective achievements.

Special Agent, United States Secret Service

Retired after serving 20 years as a Senior Special Agent with the United States Secret Service. Specialized experience in bank fraud, money laundering, credit card fraud and wire fraud. Assigned to the Metro Alien Task force group and Protective Intelligence Squad investigating threats made against protectees of the Secret Service. Training instructor at Secret Service Academy, Beltsville, MD. Top Secret Security Clearance.

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70 Macomb Place
Suite 222
Mount Clemens MI 48043
(313) 672-4267

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