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Debra Freid


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American College of Trial Lawyers
rated by Super Lawyers Debra A. Freid
American Board of Trial Advocates
The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers
National Board of Trial Advocacy NBTA civil trial law est. 1977
Avvo Rating 10.0 Superb Top Attorney wrongful termination
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  • 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

Certified Legal Specialties

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

Current Employment Position

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

Pro-Bono Activities

  • Pro Bono legal work, 11/1981 to Present
  • Holiday Adopt a Family, 12/2014 to 2018
  • Big Brother/Big Sister, 9/2013 to 5/2014
  • 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

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

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


  • Recipient of the State Bar Negligence Section-Earl Cline/Sherwin Schrier Award - May 2022
  • Recipient of the MAJ Champion of Justice Award - May, 2022
  • 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

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

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