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Michelle P. Crockett

Chief Diversity Officer
Deputy Executive Officer
Principal

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Education

Wayne State University Law School, J.D., 2000

North Carolina State University, B.A.

Bar Admissions

Court Admissions

U.S. District Court

  • Eastern District of Michigan

Michelle P. Crockett leads the firm's hiring of all attorneys, recruitment, diversity, equity & inclusion ("DEI") initiatives, mentoring, and professional development programs.

She also specializes in defending Fortune 500 companies and public-sector clients against a variety of employment-related claims. She conducts internal investigations which involve claims of harassment, retaliation, discrimination, malfeasance, misappropriation of funds, and DEI-related matters. In addition, Michelle has an expertise in providing litigation and traditional labor advice to municipalities, non-profits, and school districts throughout Michigan, which includes but is not limited to assistance with grievances, arbitration hearings, collective bargaining, board governance, special education issues, due process hearings, and student discipline.

Michelle also assists private and public-sector clients with DEI strategic planning, implementation of desired DEI goals/initiatives, and creates and/or conducts training on all matters related to DEI within the workplace. In addition, she provides advice and counsel as to the application of the anti-affirmative action amendment (formerly known as Proposition 2) adopted by Michigan voters in 2007. Michelle also supports government contractors and subcontractors with compliance matters associated with Executive Order 11246, which may involve drafting affirmative action plans, implementing and/or revising existing affirmative action plans, and providing guidance and counsel with OFCCP audits and/or conciliation agreements.

Michelle also served as general counsel for the Education Achievement Authority of Michigan from August 2013 to November 2014.

Representative Matters

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."

Honors

Fellow, College of Labor & Employment Lawyers

Best Lawyers in America, Employment Law - Management, 2022-present

Crain's Detroit Business 2021 Notable Executives in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Geraldine Bledsoe Ford Award, Women Lawyers Association of Michigan, 2021

Respected Advocate Award, Michigan Association for Justice, 2021

Michigan Lawyers Weekly's Leaders in the Law, Class of 2020

State Bar of Michigan Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2020

Trailblazer Award, D. Augustus Straker Bar Association, 2019

Leadership Oakland Leader of Leaders, 2018

Crain's Notable Women Lawyers in Michigan, 2017

Michigan Chronicle Women of Excellence, 2015

Michigan Super Lawyers, Labor and Employment, 2013; Rising Star, 2008

Professional Activities

Michigan Supreme Court Commission on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Judiciary, Member, 2022-2024

American Bar Association, 2000-present

State Bar of Michigan, 2000-present; Labor and Employment Law Council Member, 2013-present; Chair, 2019-present

Oakland County Bar Association, Labor & Employment Section Chair, 2016-2017; member, 2000-present

Oakland County Bar Foundation, Trustee, 2018-present

Women Lawyers Association of Michigan Foundation, Board of Directors, 2020-present

Detroit Regional LGBT Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors, 2020-present

Leadership Oakland XVI, Class of 2006

Leadership Detroit, Class of 2008

Civic, Cultural & Social Activities

Michigan Community Resources, Board Member, 2016-present; Chair, 2019-present

Detroit Regional LGBT Chamber of Commerce, Board Member, 2020

Leadership Oakland, President, 2016-2017; Board Member, 2010-2016

Alternatives for Girls, Board Chair, 2014-2018; Board Member, 2012-2019

Michigan Council of School Attorneys, President, 2012

Teaching

University of Michigan Law School, 2017-present: Race in the Law, Social Justice & the Law, Employment Law, and K-12 Education Law

Speeches

"Diversity, Equity and Inclusion," Moderator, State Bar of Michigan Government Law Section and Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys summer joint educational conference, June 24, 2022

"Impartiality, Implicit Assumptions, Biases and Arbitral Justice," Panelist, State Bar of Michigan Alternative Dispute Resolution Section Annual Conference, Oct. 9, 2021

"Leadership Through Diversity - Understanding the Do's and Don'ts," Troy Chamber of Commerce 2021 Diversity Summit, August 12, 2021

"Tapping Hidden Talent Pools to Fill Your Workforce Needs," Panelist, Michigan Chamber of Commerce Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Series, June 15, 2021

"The Way Forward: A Plan for Boosting Diversity and Inclusion in Law Firms," Michigan Lawyers Weekly webinar, Oct. 20, 2020

"Retaining Women in Law: New Strategies for Engaging and Retaining Women Lawyers," Panelist, Women Legal 2019, San Francisco, California, February 7, 2019

"Women Lawyers Association of Michigan - Celebrating the Past. Inspiring the Future." Panelist, Livonia, Michigan, November 15, 2018

"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

Publications

"What law firms can learn from President Biden's Cabinet picks," Michigan Lawyers Weekly, February 11, 2021

"Alone on an Island," State Bar of Michigan Bar Journal, September 2013

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