• Juris Doctor (J.D.), Wayne State University Law School, 1983
  • Master of Arts (M.A), English, Georgetown University, 1976
  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), English, Georgetown University, 1974

State Bar Admissions

  • Michigan






Licensed to Practice In

  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan

Anne Widlak

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200 Talon Centre Drive
Suite 200
Detroit, Michigan 48207

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

Practice Overview

Over the course of 35 years, Anne Widlak has developed a specialty in management side employment law as both a litigator and a counselor. She provides preventive counseling to employers of all sizes, advising in-house counsel, human resources professionals and other managers about a wide variety of employment issues in the workplace. She also has drafted numerous employee handbooks, provided training on multiple employment topics, and performed independent investigations of workplace complaints of harassment and discrimination.

Ms. Widlak has also forcefully and successfully defended cases in state and federal courts involving a comprehensive array of claims, including workplace harassment; discrimination based on age, disability, sex, race, national origin and other protected categories; retaliation; violations of the Family and Medical Leave Act; wrongful discharge; intentional interference with an at will employment relationship and others. She has extensive experience representing employers in the defense of discrimination charges filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Michigan Department of Civil Rights.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • State Bar of Michigan - Chair, Litigation Section, 2002-2003 and past Secretary, Treasurer and Council Member; Member, Litigation and Labor and Employment Law Sections.
  • Macomb County Bar Association - Member, Labor and Employment Law Committee.

Community Involvement

  • Ms. Widlak is Vice President of The Board of Trustees of University Liggett School and is Chair of its Committee on Trustees.
  • She has served as a Panel Chairperson/Member for over 20 years at the Michigan Attorney Discipline Board, the adjudicative arm of the Michigan Supreme Court for the discharge of its exclusive constitutional responsibility to supervise and discipline Michigan attorneys.
  • Ms. Widlak has served as a volunteer attorney for Homeless Experience Legal Protection (H.E.L.P.), which partners with a Detroit local service program to offer regularly scheduled clinics to provide free legal advice and assistance to homeless individuals.
  • Ms. Widlak is a former member of the Board of the Detroit Institute for Children.

Noted Presentations and Publications

Ms. Widlak has presented seminars on a variety of employment law topics. Ms. Widlak and a colleague presented a seminar for employers addressing the emerging use of social networking sites by both employees and employers and the unique legal issues created by such use in the workplace. In addition, Ms. Widlak collaborated on a presentation addressing the issue of how an employer should respond to employees’ internal complaints.

Ms. Widlak recently authored a blog entitled: “Office Romances: How Employers Can Protect Against Liability,” and she and a colleague recently presented a seminar on Accommodating Pregnancy in the Workplace.

Honors and Distinctions

  • 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.
  • Achieved an “AV” Preeminent (5.0 out of 5) peer rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest ranking for ethical standards and legal ability.
  • Named one of DBusiness Magazine’s Top Lawyers for 2016.
  • Included by Martindale-Hubbell in its 2018 Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers™.
  • Selected as one of Michigan’s Super Lawyers for 2017. Super Lawyers is a research-driven, peer-influenced rating service of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.
  • Selected by Martindale-Hubbell to be included in its 2015 Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers™.
  • Chosen by Hour Detroit magazine as a Top Woman Attorney for 2014.
  • Named as a 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Labor and Employment by American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell.
  • One of 25 Michigan "Leaders in the Law," Michigan Lawyers Weekly, 2012.
  • Named a Fellow of Litigation Counsel of America (LCA). The LCA is a trial lawyer honorary society composed of less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers. Fellowship in the LCA is highly selective and by invitation only. Fellows are selected based upon effectiveness and accomplishment in litigation, both at the trial and appellate levels, and superior ethical reputation.