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Detroit – August 21, 2020 – Detroit-based management side labor and employment law firm Nemeth Law, P.C., is pleased to announce that attorneys Deborah Brouwer and Patricia Nemeth have been selected by their peers for inclusion in the 27th edition of The Best Lawyers in America©. Best Lawyers annually recognizes legal talent in more than 70 countries worldwide.
In her inaugural appearance as a Best Lawyers honoree, firm co-managing partner Deborah Brouwer has been recognized in the practice categories of Labor Law–Management and Litigation–Labor and Employment. Her labor and employment practice includes the defense of lawsuits against employers involving claims of race, age, religion, national origin, gender and disability discrimination, and harassment and retaliation, as well as FLSA, FMLA and non-competition suits. She provides employer training and conducts discrimination and harassment investigations on behalf of employers. Brouwer has extensive experience appearing before the EEOC, MDCR, MIOSHA, OSHA and the NLRB, in addition to frequently appearing before the Michigan Court of Appeals and the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Brouwer holds a Juris Doctor from the Wayne State University School of Law, and a Bachelor of Arts degree and Master of Arts degree, both from the University of Michigan. In 2019, she was recognized by Crain’s Detroit Business as a 2019 Notable Women in Law honoree, has been named a Michigan Super Lawyer in 2019 and 2020, and was named a ‘Woman in the Law’ honoree in 2018 by the legal trade publication, Michigan Lawyers Weekly.
Brouwer is active in a number of professional and community organizations. She is Vice President, Board of Directors, Michigan Defense Trial Counsel; Member, State Bar of Michigan Appellate Section and Labor and Employment Law Section; Member, American Bar Association, Litigation Section; Member, DRI; Chair of the Board of Directors of Assured Family Services; President, Board of Trustees, Luella Hannan Memorial Foundation; and a member of the Michigan Supreme Court Historical Society/Advocates Guild.
Patricia Nemeth, of counsel, founded Nemeth Law in 1992 and has been included on the Best Lawyers’ list since 2010. She has been recognized as a 2021 Best Lawyer in the practice areas Employment Law–Management, Labor Law–Management, and Litigation–Labor and Employment. Nemeth is a certified mediator for all types of civil litigation matters, including employment, and also serves as an employment arbitrator and commercial arbitrator.
Nemeth holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan and a Juris Doctorate and LLM in Labor Law from Wayne State University School of Law. She was named a recipient of the Michigan Defense Trial Counsel Excellence in Defense Award for 2020, recognized in the category of Excellence in Defense. The honor acknowledges civil defense counsel who through their professionalism, intelligence, creativity, judgement, civility, advocacy skills, community involvement and efforts to educate younger attorneys, promote the practice of the defense bar and the representation of their clients in and outside of the courtroom. In April 2016, she received a Treasure of Detroit Distinguished Alumni award from the Wayne State University School of Law, honoring those who have made significant contributions to the practice of law as well as to the growth and success of the WSU Law School. In addition to Best Lawyers, Nemeth has been named a Michigan Super Lawyer since 2006 and has been included in Super Lawyers 2020 Women’s edition. She is also a multiple Leading Lawyers honoree, and appeared in the April 2020 issue of Leading Lawyers Magazine–Michigan Edition. In 2009, Nemeth was named a Leader in the Law by Michigan Lawyers Weekly and is an ABA Foundation Fellow and a College of Labor and Employment Lawyers Fellow. Nemeth is also a member of the Michigan, Illinois, Federal and the United States Supreme Court Bar.
Nemeth is a member of the Board of Directors, Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit, where she served as Vice Chair Secretary from 2017 to 2020 and worked with the organization for the past 15 years in additional capacities and board member positions. In 2011, Nemeth received an award from Vista Maria for Outstanding Board Leadership, and in 2005, was presented with the Distinguished Volunteer Award by the Association of Fundraising Professionals for her work with the organization. She is also a Graduate, Leadership Detroit XXVI Class, 2004–2005.
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About Nemeth Law, P.C.
Nemeth Law specializes in employment litigation, traditional labor law, management consultation, arbitration, mediation, and workplace investigation for private and public sector employers. It is the largest woman-owned law firm in Michigan to exclusively represent management in the prevention, resolution and litigation of labor and employment disputes.