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Anne-Marie V. Welch



151 S. Old Woodward
Suite 200
Birmingham, MI 48009
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J.D., magna cum laude, Michigan State University College of Law, East Lansing, Michigan, 2006
B.A., with Honors, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 2003
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U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit
U.S. District Ct., E.D. of Michigan
U.S. District Ct., W.D. of Michigan
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Anne-Marie V. Welch


Anne-Marie Vercruysse Welch is a Member in Clark Hill’s Labor & Employment Practice Group. As an employment and labor law specialist, Anne-Marie defends employers in state and federal lawsuits and administrative proceedings against wrongful discharge, discrimination, harassment, retaliation and related statutory and tort claims. She also prosecutes and defends claims pertaining to confidentiality, non-competition, and non-solicitation agreements.

To prevent lawsuits and promote positive workplaces, Anne-Marie routinely counsels management regarding labor and employment best practices, including recruiting; employment and independent contractor agreements; wage and hour matters; recordkeeping; handbooks; union negotiations; leave administration; employee counseling, discipline, terminations and grievances; and, reductions in force. Anne-Marie also serves as a corporate trainer and investigator for many private and public sector employers. Anne-Marie is an ATIXA certified Title IX investigator and hearing officer.

Anne-Marie has gained significant expertise in servicing the healthcare, education, nonprofit, manufacturing, and construction industries.

She also has significant experience in assisting Michigan public school employees in appeals of determinations made by the Office of Retirement Services and decisions made by the Michigan Public School Employees Retirement System Board of Review.

She earned her J.D., magna cum laude, from Michigan State University College of Law, where she received a full academic scholarship and earned numerous awards for academic merit, including the Jurisprudence Achievement Award for Employment Discrimination Law and Research, Writing, and Analysis. Anne-Marie served as an Associate Editor of the Michigan State Law Review and an intern to the Honorable Avern L. Cohn of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.

Anne-Marie is a member of The American Employment Law Council (AELC). The AELC is the nation's premier organization of high-level labor and employment attorneys. Membership is by invitation only and is limited to senior-level labor and employment attorneys practicing on the management side at a significant level of responsibility.

Anne-Marie is currently serving as a Board Member for the American Society of Employers and as a Council Member for the State Bar of Michigan Labor and Employment Law Section. She is also active in the ABA Equal Employment Opportunity Law Section, and was recently published in the ABA Journal of Labor & Employment Law, "Legal Traps Associated with Affinity Groups," Volume 33, Number 3, Fall 2018.

Honors and Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Chambers USA Up-and-Coming Individual (2020)
  • Fellows of the American Bar Foundation
  • Super Lawyers - Labor & Employment Defense (2009-Present)
  • DBusiness Top Lawyer, Labor & Employment (2014, 2016)
  • DBusiness and Hour Magazine, Top Women Attorneys in Michigan (2014-Present)
  • Michigan Lawyers Weekly Up & Coming Lawyer 2013
  • “AV Preeminent” rated (the highest rating available) by Martindale-Hubbell Law Firm Directory
  • Fellow to the ABA - Equal Employment Opportunity (“EEO”) Section (2008-2010)
Named among Best Lawyers in America - Employment Law-Management by Best Lawyers (2021)
American Bar Association
State Bar of Michigan
Federal Bar Association
American Employment Law Council
Clark Hill Attorney Anne-Marie Welch Published in Chicago Daily Law BulletinClark Hill Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in the 2021 Edition of Best Lawyers in AmericaClark Hill Attorneys Named to 2020 Michigan Super Lawyers & Rising Stars List Clark Hill Attorneys Named 2020 “Leaders in their Field” by Chambers USAAnne-Marie Welch Featured in Society for Human Resources Management ArticlesClark Hill Attorneys Named 2019 Michigan Super Lawyers & Rising StarsClark Hill Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in the 2020 Edition of Best Lawyers in AmericaRobert Vercruysse and Anne-Marie Welch's Recent Jury Trial Win Profiled in Law360 Clark Hill Attorneys to Present Michigan Paid Medical Leave Act Workshop Hosted by Firm’s Labor & Employment GroupClark Hill Attorney Anne-Marie V. Welch to Present at the American Society of Employers AA/EEO & Diversity Conference, December 12, 2018Sixty-Six Clark Hill Attorneys Named 2018 Michigan Super Lawyers & Rising Stars143 Clark Hill Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in the 2019 Edition of Best Lawyers in AmericaSixty-Six Clark Hill Attorneys Named 2017 Michigan Super Lawyers & Rising StarsClark Hill Announces Attorneys Elected to Membership, Promotions to Senior AttorneyClark Hill Attorney Anne-Marie Vercruysse Welch to Present at ABA Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference on November 12, 2016Clark Hill Attorneys Paul Magy, James Waggoner, Anne-Marie Vercruysse Welch, and Mallory Kallabat to Present a Legal Update at BOMA Brown Bag Series Seminar September 13, 2016Sixty Clark Hill Attorneys Named 2016 Michigan Super Lawyers & Rising StarsClark Hill Attorney Anne-Marie Vercruysse Welch to Present at the ASE Mid-Michigan Employment Law Workshop on May 18, 2016 in Saginaw, Michigan