John Lipford, Esq.

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Affiliate Professor

Office Address: 225C DeVos Center

Phone: 616-331-8827

Fax: 616-331-3115


Teaching Areas/Interests:

HTM 343 - Human Resource Management
HTM 361 - Hospitality Law and Legislation


B.A., Miami University (OH)
J.D., Michigan State University College of Law


John Lipford is an Affiliate Professor in Grand Valley State University’s Hospitality & Tourism Management program.  He holds undergraduate degrees from Miami University (OH) in journalism and psychology.  He received his J.D. from Michigan State University College of Law.

Prior to beginning his academic career with GVSU in 2010, John practiced law in Saginaw, Michigan and Grand Rapids, Michigan.  He has represented individual plaintiff litigants, as well as individual and corporate defendants, in a variety of cases. John maintains his membership with the State Bar of Michigan and is licensed to practice law in all courts within the state.

In his courses, John introduces best-practice employment / management strategies and techniques, reinforces legal concepts, provides instruction regarding the laws and legal principles governing the hospitality and tourism industry, and the liability which can result in any industry if these laws or principles are not consistently followed.

John’s research interests include discrimination in the hospitality and tourism industry and the history / expansion of ecotourism and geotourism in the Great Plains of the United States.

In his free time, John enjoys spending time with his wife, children, and dogs.  He is an avid Detroit Tigers’ fan, enjoys writing, and his favorite pastime is fishing.