Deborah Brouwer

Deborah Brouwer


Nemeth Bonnette Brouwer PC

Recognized since 2021

Detroit, Michigan

Practice Areas

Labor Law - Management

Litigation - Labor and Employment

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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.

Before joining Nemeth Law in 2004, Ms. Brouwer served as general counsel for the UAW Legal Services Plans, an employee benefit plan funded by the automobile companies to provide prepaid legal services to eligible auto workers. In that capacity, she defended labor, employment and ERISA claims, as well as legal malpractice suits. She also headed that firm’s appellate practice.

Ms. Brouwer earned her Bachelor of Arts and Master’s degrees from the University of Michigan, where she studied history and English literature. She received a Juris Doctor degree from Wayne State University Law School in 1980. She co-authored the Wayne Law Review’s Annual Survey of Employment and Labor Law from 2005-2010 and 2012, 2014-2015, 2019, and frequently presents seminars on emerging employment law issues. These combined experiences have allowed Ms. Brouwer to develop exceptional writing and advocacy skills, which she now employs to provide effective and successful representation to her clients.

Location

  • 200 Talon Centre Drive, Suite 200
    Detroit, MI 48207

Education

  • Wayne State University , Juris Doctor, (J.D.), graduated 1980
  • University of Michigan, Master of Arts (M.A.), graduated 1975
  • University of Michigan, Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), with distinction, graduated 1973

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan, 1982

Affiliations

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

Court Admissions

  • Michigan State Courts
  • Eastern District of Michigan
  • Western District of Michigan
  • Second, Fifth and Sixth Court of Appeals
  • United States Supreme Court

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2023 for work in:

  • Labor Law - Management
  • Litigation - Labor and Employment

Awards:

  • Michigan Super Lawyers, Employment Litigation-Defense
  • Leading Lawyers, Employment Management
  • Michigan Defense Trial Counsel, Anita Comorski Volunteer Award, 2022
  • Michigan Go To Lawyer in Business Law, Michigan Lawyers Weekly, 2020
  • Crain's Notable Women In Law
  • DBusiness Top Lawyer: Appellate Law
  • Class of 2018 "Women in the Law," Michigan Lawyers Weekly

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