- Wayne State University Law School, J.D., 2000
- North Carolina State University, B.A.
U.S. District Court
- Eastern District of Michigan
Michelle P. Crockett
Principal and Diversity Director
Michelle P. Crockett specializes in defending Fortune 500 companies and public-sector clients against a variety of employment-related claims. She is a skilled litigator, but she also believes in pursuing preventive measures to avoid lawsuits. In her role as a traditional labor attorney, Michelle provides similar counsel to public-sector clients, handling grievances and arbitrations as necessary. In addition, she serves as chief negotiator and/or as a member of negotiating teams in the collective bargaining arena and gives advice and counsel on all matters related to the application of the anti-affirmative action amendment (formerly known as Proposition 2) adopted by Michigan voters in 2007. Michelle also assists government contractors and subcontractors with enforcing and implementing Executive Order 11246. To that end, she drafts affirmative action plans, assists with implementing and/or revising existing affirmative action plans, and provides guidance and counsel with OFCCP audits and/or conciliation agreements.
Michelle also provides litigation and traditional labor advice and support to school districts throughout Michigan, which includes but is not limited to, assistance with special education issues, due process hearings, student discipline and collective bargaining.
In 2013, Michelle was appointed as the firm's Diversity Director. Miller Canfield has a vested interest in the communities where we live and serve. As Diversity Director, Michelle captains the firm's continuing commitment to this goal through recruitment and community outreach efforts.
"When it pertains to matters of labor and employment, every organization's motto and/or mantra should be: Proactive measures prevent the need for reaction to the unknown.”
Michelle P. Crockett
Michelle has an extensive background in litigation matters involving all types of discriminatory claims. These cases frequently involve an employee or a number of employees alleging discrimination not only by the company, but also by specific individuals. As a result, the reputations of the company as well as people within the company -- often high-level executives -- are at stake. In these emotionally charged cases, Michelle believes it is important to understand all the dynamics at play. She has discovered that employees sometimes file lawsuits as a way to be heard or to prove a point. Thus, many lawsuits can either be prevented or resolved quickly if these employees are simply given an opportunity to vent their concerns. Michelle tends to approach all of her cases with this basic understanding of human nature, achieving great results for her clients.
“Fairness, understanding and providing excellent service in a cost-efficient manner is the best way I can serve my clients. My goal is resolution in the most cost-efficient manner for my client.”
- American Bar Association (2000)
- State Bar of Michigan (2000)
- Oakland County Bar Association (2000)
- Leadership Oakland XVI, Class of 2006
Honors + Awards
- Wayne State University, Associate Editor, Journal of Law in Society
- Best Lawyers in America, Litigation-Labor & Employment 2013
- Michigan Super Lawyers, Rising Star 2008
Civic, Cultural + Social Activities
- Leadership Oakland, Board Member 2010-present
- Alternatives for Girls, Board Member 2012-preent
- Michigan Council of School Attorneys, President 2012
"HR Department of One - Pump Up Your Skills," Panelist for HRAGD, September 2008
"How is Diversity Affected by a Downsizing Auto Industry? (Inclusive of Proposal 2)," Automotive Women's Alliance (AWA), The Townsend Hotel, March 13, 2007
"The Aftermath of the Affirmative Action Decision in Michigan," Miller Canfield Update, Detroit - November 2006, Grand Rapids - December 2006
Seminars + Events
- 2013 HR Spring Training
- Ann Arbor Morning Update: Bullying + Respect in the Workplace - Taking Your Anti-Harassment Policies and Training to the Next Level
- 2012 HR Spring Training Seminar
- 2010 Annual Employment Law Seminar
- Annual Labor and Employment Law Seminar