Theodore J. St. Antoine graduated from Fordham College and the University of Michigan Law School. He also spent a year at the University of London as a Fulbright Scholar. He began practicing law in Cleveland, served a tour in the U.S. Army JAG Corps, and then specialized in labor law in Washington, D.C.
Professor St. Antoine is known for his writing in the field of labor relations and labor law. He is an active arbitrator in union and management labor arbitration. He was President of the National Academy of Arbitrators in 1999-2000.
He was the official draftsperson for the Model Employment Termination Act (META). He also authored a defense of that act, namely an article The Model Employment Termination Act: A Fair Compromise, Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, Vol. 536, Employee Dismissal: Justice at Work (Nov., 1994), pp. 93-102 (article consists of 10 pages), Published by: Sage Publications, Inc. in association with the American Academy of Political and Social Science.
He began his academic career at the University of Michigan Law School in 1965 and served as its Dean from 1971 to 1978. He is the James E. and Sarah A. Degan Professor Emeritus of Law. He has also taught as a visitor at Cambridge, Duke, George Washington, and Tokyo University, and in Salzburg. In the past few years he has spent a great deal of time teaching labor relations and arbitration in Chinese universities, and even speaking about developing the labor law in China.
He edited the first and second editions of St. Antoine, Theodore J. Ed., The Common Law of the Workplace: The Views of Arbitrators (2nd Ed.) (BNA, 2005) ISBN 1570185409
Mr. St. Antoine serves on the United Automobile Workers internal board of review, which is a UAW constitutional agency that provides redress for aggrieved union members. He has acted as the arbitrator in dozens of Major League Baseball arbitration matters. Parties to these matters include the league, individual teams, agents, and players including Curt Schilling, Darryl Strawberry, and Sandy Alomar, Jr..