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Royal Oak attorney receives MAJ?Champion of Justice Award

Michael Pitt has been selected for the Champion of Justice Award by the Michigan Association of Justice. Pitt is co-founding partner of Royal Oak-based law firm Pitt McGehee Palmer & Rivers.

The Champion of Justice Award is given to an individual in appreciation of their commitment to the civil justice system and to preserving the rights of citizens.

A past president of Michigan Association for Justice, Pitt is one of the state’s leading civil and employment rights attorneys. He and his firm have successfully advocated for the civil rights of employees and citizens for over 40 years.

Pitt and his firm currently represent Flint residents in three class action lawsuits arising from lead-tainted water in the city’s municipal water system. In another high visibility case, the law firm represents tens of thousands of state residents wrongly accused of fraud by the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency.

Pitt is also the president-elect of Washington, D.C.-based Public Justice, a public interest law firm which uses high-impact litigation to accomplish social justice objectives in the U.S. He will begin his one-year term later this summer.

He has served in board and leadership positions for numerous organizations, including American Bar Association, State Bar of Michigan, Oakland County Bar Association, Wayne State University Board of Visitors; American Civil Liberties Union and the National Employment Lawyers Association.

In addition, Pitt has previously been named to Leaders in the Law by Michigan Lawyers Weekly and selected by the State Bar of Michigan for its Champion of Justice and Distinguished Service awards.

Pitt is a graduate of Michigan State University and Wayne State University Law School.


The Detroit Chapter of ACEDS Wine and Cheese Social June 18

The Detroit Chapter of The Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists (ACEDS) is holding their third annual Wine and Cheese Social taking place at The Capital Grille in Troy, 6-8 p.m. on June 18.

This year’s event will feature Thomas Gricks as the distinguished guest. Gricks is a managing director at Catalyst and a licensed attorney in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. For the past several years, Gricks has devoted a substantial portion of his practice to E-Discovery, with a particular emphasis on technology-assisted review. He argued the Global Aerospace case before the Circuit Court in Loudoun County, Virginia, which is the first case to permit the use of technology-assisted review over the objection of the opposing party. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet Gricks, as well as socialize and network with industry colleagues while enjoying a fine selection of wines and cheeses.

The Capital Grille is located at Somerset Collection, 2800 W Big Beaver Rd. in Troy.

The event is free to Detroit Chapter ACEDS members, $30 non-members. Registrations are being accepted until Wednesday, June 13.

To register, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/aceds-detroit-3rd-annual-wine-and-cheese-social-tickets-45939840299