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Debra Freid


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American College of Trial Lawyers


  • Wayne State University Law School, Detroit, Michigan
    • J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence - 00/1981
    • Honors: cum laude
  • Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan
    • B.A., Bachelor of Arts - 00/1977
    • Honors: With high distinction; Phi Beta Kappa

Classes & Seminars

  • Speaker at "Workers' Compensation and Employment Litigation", Michigan Trial Lawyers Association (now MAJ), 08/18/1995 to 08/18/1995
  • Speaker, Institute for Continuing Education (ICLE), 05/02/1997 to 05/02/1997
  • Speaker Workers' Compensation Law Update, Michigan Trial Lawyers Association (MAJ), 03/20/1998 to 03/20/1998
  • Speaker, Michigan Trial Lawyers Association (MAJ), 04/23/1999 to 04/23/1999
  • Speaker, Premises Liability "Open and Obvious", 11/21/2001 to 11/21/2001
  • Speaker "What is really Non-Economic Loss and How to Translate it", Michigan Trial Lawyers Association (MAJ), 03/14/2003 to 03/14/2003
  • Speaker- LIfe Cycle of a Case- Secrets of a Successful Plaintiff's Employment Law Practice, Institute for Continuing Education (ICLE), 04/07/2006 to 04/07/2006
  • Moderator- ICLE 38th Annual Labor & Employment Law Seminar, ICLE, 04/04/2013 to 04/04/2013
  • Speaker- Fundamentals of Employment Law Seminar, HR Certification Institute, 10/13/2013 to 10/13/2013
  • Speaker- Value of an Employment Case Webinar, Institute for Continuing Legal Education (ICLE), 05/14/2014 to 05/14/2014

Pro-Bono Activities

  • Pro Bono legal work, 11/1981 to Present
  • Holiday Adopt a Family, 12/2014 to Present
  • Big Brother/Big Sister, 09/2013 to 05/2014
  • Judge in Mock Trial/ Moot Court for College Students, since 11/2013
  • Flint Kids Safety Campaign, 4/2000 to 7/2000
  • Ask the Lawyers, 4/2015
  • Expungement Clinic 2021

Professional Associations

  • American College of Trial Lawyers, October 2021 to Present
  • Michigan Association for Justice, Past-President (2019); current member of Executive Committee
  • Michigan Association for Justice, Executive Board member, June, 1988 to present
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, Officer since 2020; (currently Membership Chair); Associate Member since 1/2015
  • American Association for Justice, Member, December, 1996 to present
  • National Employment Lawyers Association, Member, June, 2014 to present
  • Michigan Bar Association, Member, November,1981 to present
  • State Bar Labor & Employment Law Section, Member
  • Saginaw County Bar Association, Member
  • Women Lawyers Association of Michigan, Member

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Board Certified as a Civil Trial Advocate, National Board of Trial Advocacy, 2017 (Recertified 2021)

Current Employment Position

  • President, Managing Partner and Senior Trial Attorney -Freid, Gallagher, Taylor & Associates P.C.

Practice Areas

  • Employment Retaliation and Discrimination
  • Sexual Harassment and Gender Identity
  • Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and Disability Discrimination
  • Civil Rights
  • Whistleblowers’ Protection
  • Wrongful Discharge/Severance/Non-Compete Agreement
  • Police Misconduct
  • Very Serious Personal Injuries

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan, 1981
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan, 1981
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Michigan, 2007
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1982
  • U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois, 2009


  • AV Rated - Preeminent by Martindale Hubbell* 5 out of 5
  • Avvo Rating - Superb 10 out of 10
  • Super Lawyer- by invitation-yearly since 2019
  • Inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers- by invitation- October 2021
  • Associate Member of American Board of Trial Attorneys- by invitation-January 2015
  • Recognized in Leading Lawyers, Michigan- June 2017
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers, National Trial Lawyers of America
  • Michigan Women in the Law Recognition Award – 2017
  • Award of Excellence – Michigan Association of Justice, Women’s Caucus, 2019
  • Jean King Leadership Award Recipient - Women Lawyers Association of Michigan, 2019
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern Division, Local Rules Committee, 7/2010 to 7/2015

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