• Master of Labor Law (LL.M.), with honors – Wayne State University School of Law
  • Juris Doctor (J.D.) – Wayne State University School of Law
  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Psychology, Sociology, with honors – University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

State Bar Admissions

  • Michigan
  • Illinois








        Panel Memeber

      Expertise Best Arbitrators & Mediators in Detroit 2018


Licensed to Practice In

  • State Courts in Michigan and Illinois
  • Michigan State Appellate Courts
  • Michigan and Illinois Supreme Court
  • Eastern District of Michigan
  • Western District of Michigan
  • Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • United States Supreme Court

Patricia Nemeth

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Of Counsel
200 Talon Centre Drive
Suite 200
Detroit, Michigan 48207

T: (313) 567-5921
F: (313) 567-5928

Practice Overview

An attorney since 1984, Ms. Nemeth specializes in the labor and employment arena as an arbitrator, mediator, investigator, litigator, consultant, and negotiator. Her areas of expertise include, but are not limited to investigations, religious, ethnic, and gender discrimination, workplace sex, race, ethnic harassment, wrongful discharge, union organizing activities and multi-party lawsuits. Industries served include healthcare, nursing homes, retail, manufacturing, gaming, insurance, and government entities. Ms. Nemeth serves as a certified mediator for all types of civil litigation matters, including employment. She also serves as an employment arbitrator and commercial arbitrator.


  • American Arbitration Association; Certified Arbitrator (Employment)
  • American Arbitration Association; Certified Arbitrator (Commercial)
  • American Arbitration Association; Certified Mediator
  • International Mediation Institute; Certified Mediator
  • State of Michigan, Certified Mediator
  • Association of Workplace Investigators; Certified Investigator
  • Title IX Investigator, Certified (ATIXA)

Memberships and Affiliations

  • American Bar Association, ADR International Committee
  • American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section; ADR Section; Women in Dispute Resolution Section; International Law Section
  • State Bar of Michigan, Labor and Employment Law Section, ADR Section and International Law Section
  • Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • American Arbitration Association Task Force for Employment Arbitrations
  • Attorney Workplace Investigators

Community Involvement

  • Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit, Board member, 2014-2017, Vice Chair Secretary 2017-2020; Board member - present
  • Former Vista Maria Vice Chair/Executive Board member; Vista Maria’s Marketing and Fund Development Committee (with Vista Maria for 12 years). Ms. Nemeth was presented with the Distinguished Volunteer Award by the Association of Fundraising Professionals in 2005 for her work with Vista Maria. In 2011, Ms. Nemeth received an award from Vista Maria for Outstanding Board Leadership.
  • Graduate, 2004-2005 Leadership Detroit XXVI Class.

Noted Presentations and Publications

Ms. Nemeth has written and co-authored numerous articles, as well as the Annual Survey of Michigan Employment and Labor Law, Wayne Law Review, for Wayne State University School of Law.

Publications and presentations of particular note include:

  • “The Art and Value of Persuasion in ADR: Trials and Tribulations for Litigators, Mediators, and Judiciary,” Panelist, MDTC Winter Meeting, – November 2021
  • “Usage Guidelines of Marijuana within the Airport Workforce,” Airport Council International, 2020 Risk Management Conference - January 2020
  • “Leaders and Innovators: Women Entrepreneurs and Leadership,” Panelist, WWJ Newsradio - April 2019
  • “2019 Labor and Employment Law Update,” Nemeth Law’s Raising the Bar – January 2019
  • “Sexual Harassment Policies and Investigations,” ICLE – November 2018
  • “Managing the Arbitration Process with Pro Se Parties,” American Arbitration Association – October 2018
  • “Resolving Tough Cases through Mediation,” State Bar of Michigan, Labor and Employment Law Section Council – June 2018
  • “The Sticky Question of Salary History,” Crain’s Detroit Business, Blog – May 2018
  • “Is the Question of Salary History…History?” Detroit Legal News – April 2018
  • “Constituents Weigh In On Conyers Sexual Harassment Ethics Probe,” Chanel 7 News – November 2017
  • “A Side Bar with Patricia Nemeth,” Michigan Lawyers Weekly – November 2017
  • “Grit, the Secret to Advancement: Stories of Successful Women Lawyers,” American Bar Association – October 2017
  • “Uber's Sexual Harassment House-Cleaning a Reminder of Need for Visible Policies, Disciplinary Measures,” Crain’s Detroit Business, Blog – June 2017
  • “From Flattery to Fear-Looking at Sexual Harassment in Everyday Life,” Panelist, WLAM, Wayne Law Annual Meeting – May 2017
  • “Intensive HR Labor and Employment Law Training Program,” Nemeth Law Seminar - August 2016
  • “Inside the New Overtime Rules: Practical Guidelines for Employers,” Nemeth Law Webinar - June 2016
  • “The On-Demand Workforce: Spotlight on Employee Misclassification,” Co-author, Michigan Defense Quarterly – May 2016
  • “When A Vague Claim of ‘Hostile Work Environment’ is A Discrimination Complaint,” Co-author, Michigan Defense Quarterly – November 2015
  • “Joint Employer Status, Franchisors and Franchisee – Paying the Cost to be the Boss,” panelist and presenter, Bernard Gottfried Memorial Law Symposium – October 2015
  • “Accommodating Pregnancy in the Long Term Care Environment,” HCAM/MCAL Annual Convention – September 2015
  • “Opinion: Tragedy in Virginia Opens New Chapter for Employers,” Crain's Detroit Business, Blog - August 2015
  • “ ‘Digital Native’ Recruiting Term Can Raise Concerns of Age Discrimination,” Detroit Legal News - July 2015
  • “Starting Your Own Law Firm: Advice From Women Who've Done It,” Michigan LELS - June 2015
  • “Legal Trends: Employer Criminal Background Check Policies,” Co-author, Michigan Defense Quarterly – April 2015
  • “Five Qs: Patricia Nemeth on Employment Law Changes,” DBusiness Daily News - January 2015
  • “Managing Pregnancy in the Workplace,” Nemeth Law Raising the Bar - October 2014"
  • “Legal Implications of Employer-Sponsored Wellness Programs,” Co-author, SHRM - January 2014
  • “The Road to Independence: 101 Women's Journeys to Starting Their Own Law Firms,” Contributor, ABA - 2011
  • “Not Always Black and White,” Co-author, Michigan Lawyers Weekly
  • “The Debate Over Michigan’s Right-To-Work Law,” Co-author, Employment Law 360
  • “Unemployment: How to Defend and Prepare,” Health Care Association of Michigan
  • “Minimize Risks While Hosting a Holiday Party at Work,” Co-author, Corp! Magazine
  • “What’s your Facebook Password? NoneOfYourBusiness,” Co-author, Michigan Lawyers Weekly
  • “Employer Issues Before and After a Disaster: Is Your Company Prepared,” Author, Detroit Regional Chamber
  • “Starting Your Own Law Practice,” Author, Young Lawyers Section of State Bar of Michigan
  • “Don’t Let Election Politics Disrupt Your Workplace,” Co-author, Corp! Magazine
  • “Don’t be Blind-Sided by GINA,” Co-author, Executive Counsel
  • “Genetic Discrimination in Employment,” Co-author, Michigan Bar Journal
  • “Annual Survey of Michigan Employment and Labor Law,” Co-author, Wayne Law Review, 2005-present
  • “Seeking Clarity on Michigan Medical Marijuana Law,” Co-author, Employment Law 360
  • “To Blog or Not to Blog: Employee and Employer Guidelines,” Co-author, Michigan Lawyers Weekly

Ms. Nemeth has presented employment law seminars and participated as a speaker or panelist for a variety of groups including:

  • AIG
  • American Society of Employers
  • Beazley Group
  • Channel 4 News
  • Chubb Group of Insurance Companies
  • Comcast Newsmakers
  • Due Process and the Law (Detroit Public Television)
  • Health Care Association of Michigan
  • Institute of Continuing Legal Education
  • Joint Labor Management Counsel
  • Michigan Municipal Risk Management Association
  • Michigan Public Employer’s Relations Association
  • National Association of Legal Secretaries
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Traveler’s Insurance Group
  • WDET – All Things Considered 
  • WDET – The Craig Fahle Show
  • Women Entrepreneurs of Canada
  • WWJ – 950 Radio

Honors and Distinctions

  • Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyers®, 2022
  • Class of 2021, Hall of Fame, Michigan Lawyers Weekly
  • Excellence in Defense Award, Michigan Defense Trial Counsel (MDTC) 2020
  • Elected a Fellow of The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. Election as a Fellow is the highest recognition by one’s colleagues of sustained outstanding performance in the profession, exemplifying integrity, dedication, and excellence.
  • Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, a rating system compiled by peers in the legal community, as “AV”, the highest rating for legal ability and upholding ethics in the legal profession
  • Best Lawyers® in America – Employment Law-Management | Labor Law-Management | Litigation-Labor and Employment, 2010-2022
  • Distinguished Law Alumni Award - Wayne State University Law School, 2016
  • Leading Lawyers, ADR Law: Employment | Employment Law: Management | Labor Law: Management, 2014 to present
  • "Top 25 Women Business Leaders in Michigan," Super Lawyers 2013, 2015-2018
  • Michigan Super Lawyers – 2006 to present, including recognition as one of the top 50 Women Super Lawyers in the State of Michigan
  • Chambers USA, Employment and Labor, 2010-2016
  • One of the 25 Michigan “Leaders in the Law” - Michigan Lawyer’s Weekly, 2009
  • Distinguished Alumni Award – Wayne State University, 2009
  • Detroit’s Top Lawyers – DBusiness Magazine, 2009-2019
  • Women in the Workplace Leadership Award – Michigan Business Professionals Association, 2010
  • One of the 100 most influential women in Southeast Michigan – Inforum, 2008
  • Labor and Employment Law Delegate to China, 2006