Debra A. Freid, recently featured in Leading Lawyers, graduated from Wayne State University in 1978 and from the Wayne State University Law School in 1981, cum laude. She has been practicing since 1981. She is admitted to practice in the state courts of Michigan, the U.S. District Court-Eastern & Western Districts of Michigan and the U.S. Court of Appeals-6th Circuit. Her specialization includes all types of employment discrimination cases, including employment discharge/discrimination, Whistle Blower, Harassment and free speech violation as well as Personal Injury Litigation including auto/motorcycle accidents, serious injury claims and death claims.
Freid is currently President-Elect of the Michigan Association for Justice, American Association for Justice, National Employment Lawyers Association, State Bar Labor & Employment Law Section, Saginaw County Bar Association and the Women's Lawyer Association of Michigan. Ms. Freid is an ABOTA associate, on the Board Directors of the Michigan Association for Justice, the editor of Verdicts and Settlements, and has been a speaker at both ICLE and MAJ (formerly MTLA) Seminars.
- Vice President (and President-Elect, June 2017) of the Michigan Association for Justice: April 2015- Present, a 1400-member organization that is dedicated to the preservation of the rights of the injured to vigorous and effective representation on their behalf.
- National Trial Lawyers of America: Top 100 Trial Lawyers for 2015, 2016, and 2017
- AV Preeminent Rating—the highest rating that can be conferred, which signifies legal excellence (5.0 out of 5.0 – highest available AV rated Preeminent for legal knowledge, analytical capabilities, judgement, communication ability, and legal experience.)
- Associate in American Board of Trial Attorneys (ABOTA)- membership by invitation only; dedicated to the preservation of the right to jury trial for those injured.
- Board Certified as a Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy (as of March 2017, one of only 9 certified in Michigan); dedicated to improving the quality of trial advocacy in the courtroom and to certifying only those who are highly qualified trial attorneys.
"[Debra Freid’s] professionalism was truly impressive and made the defendants’ attorneys look like newbies. [Ms. Freid's staff] also took the time to explain the process... Thank you again!" -Ryan R., 2014 [READ MORE]
Matthew F. Taylor graduated from Wayne State University School of Business with honors in 1980 and from Wayne State University Law School in 1983. He is admitted to practice in state and federal courts, including the Social Security Courts, U.S. District Courts, and the U.S. Court of Appeals. Mr. Taylor specializes in Social Security Disability claims, Unemployment claims, and other Personal Injury claims. He is currently a member of the State Bar Social Security Law Section (2008 Section President), the National Association of Social Security Representatives, Michigan Association for Justice, Saginaw County Bar Association, and the Wayne State University Alumni Association.
Edward J. Gallagher, II graduated from Western Michigan University in 1970 and from Wayne State University Law School in 1973. He is admitted to practice in state and federal courts and in the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals. He has been practicing since 1973. Mr. Gallagher is a specialist in the practice of Workers' Compensation. He is a currently a member of the Workers' Compensation Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan, Michigan Association for Justice, Saginaw County Bar Association, and Bay County Bar Association.
Diane M. Powers graduated from Wayne State University law School in 1981, cum laude. She is admitted to practice in state and federal courts and the U.S. Court of Appeals. She has been practicing with the firm on an of-counsel basis since 1981. Ms. Powers is currently a member of the State Bar of Michigan and Women's Lawyer Association. Her specialization is complex motion and appellate work.