Education

  • Juris Doctor (J.D.), Wayne State University School of Law, 1980
  • Master of Arts (M.A.), University of Michigan, 1975
  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), With Distinction, University of Michigan, 1973

State Bar Admissions

  • Michigan 

       

   

Licensed to Practice In

  • Michigan state courts
  • U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan
  • U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Second, Fifth and Sixth Circuits
  • U.S. Supreme Court
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Deborah Brouwer

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Partner
200 Talon Centre Drive
Suite 200
Detroit, Michigan 48207

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

Practice Overview

Ms. Brouwer practices exclusively in labor and employment law, with particular experience in the defense of lawsuits against employers, including claims of race, age, religion, national origin, gender and disability discrimination, harassment and retaliation, as well as FLSA, FMLA and non-competition suits. She also provides harassment training and conducts discrimination and harassment investigations for employers. She has extensive experience in appearing before administrative agencies, including the EEOC, MDCR, MIOSHA, OSHA and the NLRB.  She also appears frequently before the Michigan Court of Appeals and the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Chair, Board of Directors, Assured Family Services
  • Vice President, Board of Directors, Michigan Defense Trial Counsel
  • President, Board of Trustees, Luella Hannan Memorial Foundation
  • Member, American Bar Association, Litigation Section
  • Member, DRI
  • Member, State Bar of Michigan, Appellate Section and Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Michigan Supreme Court Historical Society/Advocates Guild

Noted Presentations and Publications

  • “Pandemic Performance Reviews Pose Challenges for Managers,” Michigan Lawyers Weekly, Detroit Legal News and HR.com, August 2020
  • “Is a furlough a kinder, gentler lay-off?” Detroit Legal News, April 2020
  • WADL, News NOW, Interview regarding Sexual Harassment in the Workplace, Harvey Weinstein and the Coronavirus, March 2020
  • “Weinstein verdict should have employers looking at their sexual harassment policies and practices,” Detroit Legal News, February 2020
  • WWJ Radio Interview regarding business travel due to the Coronavirus Outbreak in China, February 2020
  • Fox 2 News Interview, new laws and trends impacting the workplace. “Legalization on sports betting in the workplace-online betting.” Discrimination in the workplace. What is appropriate/not appropriate conduct in the workplace, “Going along to get along,” January 2020
  • “Company drug use policies predominate Michigan's recreational marijuana law,” Detroit Legal News, November 2019
  • “Emerging Trends in Employment Litigation: Hot Issues in a #MeToo World,” Michigan Defense Trial Counsel (MDTC) Annual Meeting and Conference, June 2019
  • “Making Sure That Your Employment Agreements Mean What They Say: Recent Roadblocks for Mandatory Arbitration Provisions and Shortened Limitations Periods,” Co-Author, Michigan Defense Quarterly, Volume 35, No. 4 - 2019
  • “New federal overtime rules could boost some pay for some workers,” Interview, Detroit Free Press, March 2019
  • “ ‘Tis the Season…for personal injury claims,” Detroit Legal News, November 2018
  • “Kids, These Days, Can Get Away With Filing Lawsuits,” Co-author, Michigan Defense Quarterly, Volume 35, No. 1 - 2018
  • “2018 Employment Law Update,” Raising the Bar, Nemeth Law, P.C., January 2018
  • “Introducing Nuance to the Whistleblowers’ Protection Action,” Co-Author, Michigan Defense Quarterly, Volume 34, No. 3 - 2018
  • “Welcome to the United States! Passport, attorney-client information, and trade secrets, please,” Co-author, Michigan Defense Quarterly, Volume 34, No. 1 - 2017
  • "The Disfavoring of Non-Compete Agreements For Low-Income Wage Earners," Co-author, Michigan Defense Quarterly, Volume 33, No. 3 - 2017
  • "The FLSA Changes Are Coming: Business Considerations and Implementation Strategies," Co-author, Michigan Defense Quarterly, Volume 33, No. 2 - 2016
  • "Trade-Secrets Litigation under Michigan Law and the New Defend Trade Secrets Act," Co-author, Michigan Defense Quarterly, Volume 33, No. 1 - 2016
  • “Employer v. Employee Side of Social Media Policy,” NADONA 29th Annual Convention and Expo, November 2016
  • “Dealing with The Problem Employee,” Raising the Bar, Nemeth Law, P.C., May 2016
  • “Study Suggests Some Employers May Disfavor Job Seekers Who Disclose a Disability,” Co-author, Michigan Defense Quarterly, Volume 32, No. 3 - 2016
  • Fox 2 News, The Job Shop, "What they cannot ask you during a job interview," February 2016
  • “Successfully Defending Unemployment Claims,” Raising the Bar, Nemeth Law, P.C., October 2015
  • “Managing Religion in the Workplace: Tattoos, Body Piercings, Headwear,” Raising the Bar, Nemeth Law, P.C., June 2014
  • “Workplace Violence, Safety, and Security: Risk Assessment and Prevention,” Michigan HR Day, April 2014
  • “Workplace Violence, Safety, and Security: Risk Assessment and Prevention,” Raising the Bar, Nemeth Law, P.C., September 2013
  • "Labor and Employment Law Update: Social Media Networking Sites and Employment Related Decisions," Sterling Education Services, February 2013
  • “Privacy, Social Media and Employment Law in the Workplace,” Sterling Educational Services, January 2011
  • "Investigator Beware: Even Employees with Tangential Roles in Internal Investigations May be Deemed to ‘Oppose’ Discrimination Under Title VII,” Employment Law 360, February 2009
  • "Internal Employer Investigation of Discrimination Complaints: Proceed with Caution,” Detroit Legal News, February 2009
  • “Recent Interpretations of the Bullard-Plawecki Employee Right to Know Act,” LACHES, August 2008 
  • Health Care Association of Michigan Annual Convention, “Identity Theft Issues in the Workplace,” September 2007; “Disciplining and Terminating Employees,” September 2004
  • “Strategic HR Management-Employment Law,” Eastern Michigan University, 2005 and 2007 
  • “Employment Law Made Easy,” Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce, Small Business Conference, November 2005
  • “Annual Survey of Employment and Labor Law," Co-author, Wayne Law Review, 2005-2010, 2012, 2014-2015, 2019
  • “Non smoking Rules in the Workplace,” Public Television Channel QTV (Delta College), 2004

Honors and Distinctions

  • Best Lawyers® in America, Labor Law-Management & Litigation-Labor & Employment, 2021
  • Leading Lawyers, Employment Management, 2020
  • Michigan Super Lawyers, Employment Litigation-Defense, 2019, 2020
  • Crain's Notable Women In Law, 2019
  • DBusiness Top Lawyer: Appellate Law, 2019
  • Class of 2018 "Women in the Law," Michigan Lawyers Weekly
  • Jessup International Law Moot Court Team, 1978-1979 and 1979-1980

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