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Wendolyn Wrosch Richards

Principal and Pro Bono Counsel

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Education

University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 2002

University of Michigan, B.A., 1997

Institute of Economic and Political Studies, London and Cambridge, England

Bar Admissions

Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals

  • 9th Circuit
  • 6th Circuit 

U.S. District Court

  • Northern District of California
  • Eastern District of Michigan

Wendy Wrosch Richards practices general commercial litigation and she has worked on numerous multimillion-dollar actions involving securities, ERISA, consumer protection and fraud issues. Her cases are primarily in federal court.

Wendy also leads the firm's pro bono practice team, which annually provides more than 5,000 hours of legal services to individuals and groups that would otherwise not be able to afford legal representation. Wendy has worked with community leaders and entrepreneurs living in underserved communities throughout Southeastern Michigan to develop programs from the ground up that provide a platform for fundraising and legal resources to improve economic development.

Representative Matters

Throughout her career, Wendy's work has focused on complex litigation including class actions, securities, and intellectual property matters. She is responsible for coordinating Miller Canfield's pro bono efforts firm-wide, which has resulted in the firm's involvement in several high-profile matters. Recently, Wendy has assisted in and led teams involving high-impact immigration litigation matters, community development projects, entrepreneurship opportunities for persons living in disadvantaged communities, as well as several other community enrichment or access to justice projects. 

Some of Wendy's more recent projects have included:

  • In cooperation with ACLU of Michigan and others obtained an injunction in a national habeas class action to prevent the imminent deportation of hundreds of Iraqi nationals without due process in the immigration courts. Clients are primarily Catholic, Kurdish and other religions and ethnic minorities, facing persecution, torture and possibly death if returned to Iraq. The team also successfully obtained an injunction ordering bond hearings to determine if the roughly 300 class members that have been in prolonged detention should be released. 
  • Lead role among 14 firms nationwide in coordinating a 50 state poll worker guide project on behalf of The Brennan Center for Justice, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Association of Pro Bono Counsel. Project focuses on encouraging qualified candidates to apply for the critical job of serving as poll workers on Election Day, and provides information on application, scope of duties, and high priority state-specific issues. 
  • Work as co-chair to coordinate law firms nationally in connection with the Association of Pro Bono Counsel's Voting Rights Task Force. The association works with pro bono counsel from major law firms across the country to ensure access to justice. Wendy co-chairs the Voting Rights Task Force for the association, which works to support voting rights groups in their efforts to improve systems related to the democratic process. 
  • Co-creator of the Small Business Legal Academy Detroit. For the past three years, Wendy has been chairing the Small Business Legal Academy Detroit. This year, the Academy partnered with Detroit Start-up Week to hold clinics where would-be entrepreneurs could obtain pro bono legal assistance with common business questions and issues.
  • Coordination of counsel to assist travelers detained at the Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport following implementation of Executive Order 13769 related to travel restrictions. Wendy coordinated dispatch of a team of attorneys to the airport to be available to answer questions and provide support for those traveling to the United States and who were detained in January 2017. 
  • Executed a pro bono workshop in connection with volunteers from Stryker Corporation to provide legal assistance to organizations serving disadvantaged persons in the greater Kalamazoo area.  

Honors

Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan, Exceptional Achievement Certificate, 2018

University of Virginia School of Law, George Terrien Scholarship Recipient, Public Interest Law Association Fellowship Recipient

University of Michigan, high distinction, James B. Angell Scholar, Golden Key Honor Society

Professional Activities

Association of Pro Bono Counsel, Co-Chair Voting Rights Task Force;

State Bar of Michigan, Implementation and Innovation Steering Committee, Delivery of Legal Services for All Standing Committee, Co-Chair Pro Bono Workshop & Networking Meeting 2016 & 2017;

Michigan State Bar Foundation, Access to Justice Statewide Steering Committee, Working Committee;

State Bar of Michigan, Litigation & Business Law Sections;

Detroit Regional Chamber's Leadership Detroit, Class XXXVI

Civic, Cultural & Social Activities

Small Business Legal Academy Detroit;

New Economy Initiative Neighborhood Business Strategy Worktable;

Michigan Community Resources, Fund Development Committee

Tau Beta Association;

Detroit Athletic Club;

Crain's General and In-House Counsel Summit, Pro Bono Award, Panel Judge 2014-2015; Advisory Committee 2014-2016;

City of Grosse Pointe Downtown Development Authority 2012-2013;

Junior League of Detroit, 2004-2008

Speeches

"Voting Rights," Facilitator, ABA/NLADA Equal Justice Conference, May 2018

"Pro Bono and Big Law," Panelist, University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 2017 & 2018

"Political Discourse in the Workplace," Panelist, Employment Law Section Diversity Roundtable, State Bar of Michigan Employment Law Section, Detroit, Michigan, 2017

"Rapid Response Pro Bono," Panelist, State Bar of Michigan Pro Bono Workshop, Lansing, Michigan, May 2017

"Voting Rights and Pro Bono," Panelist, ABA/NLADA Equal Justice Conference, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, May 2017

"Corporate Basics for Entrepreneurs," Ford Motor Company-New Economy Initiative Small Business Clinic, Dearborn, Michigan, Oct. 2016

Publications

"Crowdfunding Resources," contributor, Michigan Community Legal Resources, September 2015

"Crowdfunding for Non-Profits, Legal Considerations for 501(c)(3) Tax-Exempt Organizations," contributor, Michigan Community Legal Resources, September 2015

"Crowdfunding for the Entrepreneur: A Guide for Small Businesses in Michigan," contributor, Michigan Community Legal Resources, September 2015

"Crowdfunding & Local Investing: A Guide for Investors in Michigan," contributor, Michigan Community Legal Resources, September 2015

"Employment Law Manual, A Guide for Non-Profit Organizations in Michigan," co-author, Michigan Community Legal Resources, Second Ed., July 2015

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