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Anne-Marie V. Welch

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Anne-Marie Welch defends employers in lawsuits and administrative proceedings against wrongful discharge, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and related statutory and tort claims. She also prosecutes and defends against breaches of non-competition, non-solicitation, and confidentiality agreements.

To prevent lawsuits and promote positive workplaces, Anne-Marie routinely conducts internal audits and advises management regarding labor and employment law compliance and best practices. Anne-Marie also serves as a corporate trainer and independent investigator for private and public sector employers nationwide, especially those in the higher education, automotive, manufacturing, nonprofit, and cannabis industries.

Anne-Marie serves as Labor & Employment leader of the firm’s Automotive and Manufacturing Industry Team.


J.D., magna cum laude, Michigan State University College of Law, East Lansing, Michigan, 2006, Jurisprudence Achievement Award for Employment Discrimination Law and Research, Writing, and Analysis; Associate Editor of the Michigan State Law Review
B.A., with Honors, University of Michigan, Michigan, 2003


Named a Leading Lawyer in Birmingham by Leading Lawyers℠ (2024)

Named a Leading Lawyer in Detroit by Leading Lawyers℠ (2023)

Named among The Best Lawyers in America® for Employment Law-Management by Best Lawyers (2019-2024)

Chambers USA, Labor & Employment Band 3

Chambers USA, Labor & Employment (Michigan) Up-and-Coming Individual

Fellows of the American Bar Foundation

Selected to the Michigan Super Lawyers list for Labor & Employment Defense (2009-present)

DBusiness Top Lawyer, Labor & Employment (2014, 2016)

DBusiness and Hour Magazine, Top Women Attorneys in Michigan (2014-2021)

Michigan Lawyers Weekly Up & Coming Lawyer 2013

AV Preeminent Rating, Martindale-Hubbell

Fellow to the ABA – Equal Employment Opportunity (“EEO”) Section (2008-2010)


American Bar Association

State Bar of Michigan

Federal Bar Association

American Employment Law Council

Board Member, American Society of Employers

Council Member, State Bar of Michigan Labor and Employment Law Section

ABA Equal Employment Opportunity Law Section

State Bar Licenses


Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit
U.S. District Ct., E.D. of Michigan
U.S. District Ct., W.D. of Michigan

Representative Experience:

  • Obtained summary judgement for school district in a race discrimination, retaliation, violation of due process, and First Amendment case.
  • Obtained a no cause jury verdict for an automotive supplier against the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in a retaliation case tried in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee.
  • Obtained summary judgment for an automotive supplier, which was subsequently upheld by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, in an eight-count FMLA/disability discrimination lawsuit.
  • Obtained summary judgment for a university, which was subsequently upheld by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, in a pregnancy discrimination and retaliation lawsuit.
  • Obtained summary judgment for a restaurant in a five-count sexual orientation discrimination and retaliation lawsuit.
  • Obtained injunction for robotic technician staffing company in Oakland County, Michigan following breach of noncompete.
  • Obtained injunction for financial services client in Ingham County, Michigan following breach of noncompete.