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Debra A. Freid - Lansing, MI

3380 Pine Tree Road Lansing, MI 48911 - 4207

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Updated: 11/22/2022

Lansing Personal Injury Lawyer

About Debra A. Freid

Practice Areas

  • Personal Injury
  • Police Misconduct
  • Employment Retaliation and Discrimination
  • Sexual Harassment and Gender Identity
  • Family Medical Leave Act and Disability Discrimination
  • Civil Rights
  • Whistleblower’s Protection Wrongful Discharge/Severance/Non-Compete Agreement

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Of Counsel

Year Joined Firm

  • 2022


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
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois, pro hac vice, 2009
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, pro hac vice, 2018

Specialties and Certifications

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

Other Affiliations

  • 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, 1988 to present (Executive Board member and Verdicts & Settlements Editor)
  • 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
  • Michigan Trial Lawyers Association (Past President)
  • Michigan Trial Lawyers Association (Executive Committee Member)
  • American Board of Trial Attorneys (Associate, 2015- Present)
  • American Board of Trial Attorneys (Officer, 2020-Present)
  • American Board of Trial Attorneys Associate (Secretary, 2021 – Present)
  • State Bar of Michigan (Judicial Qualifications Committee, 2019 – Present)
  • State Bar of Michigan (Judicial Qualifications Committee Co-Chair, 2021 – Present)
  • State Bar of Michigan (Negligence Council, 2019 – Present)
  • State Bar of Michigan, Labor & Employment Section
  • State Bar of Michigan, Negligence Section
  • Public Justice
  • Saginaw County Bar Association
  • Federal Judicial Advisory Committee Member, 2017 – Present
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan, Local Rules Committee, 2010 -2015 (Member)


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

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 and Seminars

  • Speaker at "Workers' Compensation and Employment Litigation", Michigan Trial Lawyers Association (now MAJ), August 18, 1995
  • Speaker, Institute for Continuing Education (ICLE), May 2, 1997
  • Speaker Workers' Compensation Law Update, Michigan Trial Lawyers Association (MAJ), March 20, 1998
  • Speaker, Michigan Trial Lawyers Association (MAJ), April 23, 1999
  • Speaker, Premises Liability "Open and Obvious", November 21, 2001
  • Speaker "What is really Non-Economic Loss and How to Translate it", Michigan Trial Lawyers Association (MAJ), March 14, 2003
  • Speaker- LIfe Cycle of a Case- Secrets of a Successful Plaintiff's Employment Law Practice, Institute for Continuing Education (ICLE), April 7, 2006
  • Moderator- ICLE 38th Annual Labor & Employment Law Seminar, ICLE, April 4, 2013
  • Speaker- Fundamentals of Employment Law Seminar, HR Certification Institute, October 13, 2013
  • Speaker- Value of an Employment Case Webinar, Institute for Continuing Legal Education (ICLE), May 14, 2014
  • Michigan Association of Justice – $6 million discrimination verdict analysis—July 11, 2022
  • Michigan Association of Justice – Leadership Academy, “How to practice law as a Human” – August 12, 2022



  • Recipient of the State Bar Negligence Section-Earl Cline/Sherwin Schrier Award - May 2022
  • Recipient of the MAJ Champion of Justice Award - May, 2022, - 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
  • Top 100 Lawyers, 2015- Present
  • Women in the Law Honoree, Lawyers’ Weekly, 2017
  • Leading Lawyers, Inaugural Edition of Michigan, 2017
  • WLAM Jean King Award Winner, 2019


Office Information


3380 Pine Tree Road Lansing, MI 48911 - 4207

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