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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 - 1981
    • Honors: cum laude
  • Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan
    • B.A., Bachelor of Arts - 1977
    • Honors: With high distinction; Phi Beta Kappa

Classes & Seminars

  • Speaker at "Workers' Compensation and Employment Litigation", Michigan Trial Lawyers Association (now MAJ), 8/18/1995
  • Speaker, Institute for Continuing Education (ICLE), 5/02/1997
  • Speaker Workers' Compensation Law Update, Michigan Trial Lawyers Association (MAJ), 3/20/1998
  • Speaker, Michigan Trial Lawyers Association (MAJ), 4/23/1999
  • Speaker, Premises Liability "Open and Obvious", 11/21/2001
  • Speaker "What is really Non-Economic Loss and How to Translate it", Michigan Trial Lawyers Association (MAJ), 3/14/2003
  • Speaker - Life Cycle of a Case- Secrets of a Successful Plaintiff's Employment Law Practice, Institute for Continuing Education (ICLE), 4/07/2006
  • Moderator - ICLE 38th Annual Labor & Employment Law Seminar, ICLE, 4/04/2013
  • Speaker - Fundamentals of Employment Law Seminar, HR Certification Institute, 10/13/2013
  • Speaker - Value of an Employment Case Webinar, Institute for Continuing Legal Education (ICLE), 5/14/2014

Pro-Bono Activities

  • Pro Bono Legal, 11/1981 to Present
  • Holiday Adopt a Family, 12/2014 to Present
  • Big Brother/Big Sister, 9/2013 to 5/2014
  • Judge in Mock Trial/ Moot Court for College Students, 11/2013 to Present
  • Flint Kids Safety Campaign, 4/2000 to 7/2000
  • Ask the Lawyers, 4/2015
  • CPAN, Member, 11/2014 to Present
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern Division, Local Rules Committee, Chair, 7/2010 to 7/2015
  • ABOTA, Michigan Chapter - Secretary, Associate and Officer, 2021
  • American Board of Trial Attorneys, Member

Professional Associations

  • American Association for Justice, Member, 12/1996 to Present
  • Michigan Bar Association, Member, 11/1981 to Present
  • Michigan Association for Justice, Board of Directors, 6/1988 to Present
  • Michigan Association for Justice , Treasurer, 4/2015 to Present
  • National Employment Lawyers Association, Member, 6/2014 to Present
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, Associate Member, 1/2015 to Present
  • Federal Bar Association, Member, 9/2013 to Present
  • Michigan Association for Justice, Past President
  • Michigan Association for Justice, Member
  • American State Bar Labor & Employment Law Section, Member
  • Saginaw County Bar Association, Member
  • Women’s Lawyer Association of Michigan, Member

Certified Legal Specialties

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

Current Employment Position

  • Attorney

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. Federal Courts, 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
  • Leading Lawyers
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers, National Trial Lawyers of America

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