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Glen N. Lenhoff

Glen N. Lenhoff obtained his undergraduate degree from Wayne State University with a major in History. He was a Note and Comment Editor for the Wayne State Law Review when he was a law student.

Mr. Lenhoff began his career as an attorney by serving as a Judicial Clerk to Judge Stewart A. Newblatt of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. After his clerkship ended, Mr. Lenhoff worked briefly as an associate with the Grand Rapids corporate law firm of Varnum, Riddering, Schmidt & Howlett, LLP. Mr. Lenhoff soon realized that he preferred representing individuals. He thus left Varnum, Riddering, and began representing individual plaintiffs.

Over the last 27 years, Mr. Lenhoff has built the finest trial record of any plaintiff’s employment discrimination lawyer in Michigan. Mr. Lenhoff has won verdicts in approximately 85 percent of his trials. He has won five (5) jury verdicts of over $1-Million, 15 jury verdicts of over $500,000, and 24 jury verdicts of over $100,000. These verdicts typically have occurred in cases involving large corporations or powerful governmental entities as defendants.

Mr. Lenhoff was chosen as one of the “Top 10 Attorneys” in the State of Michigan in the year 2002 by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. Mr. Lenhoff has been chosen as one of the “Best Lawyers in America” yearly from 1993 through 2014. He has been chosen as one of the “Super Lawyers” of Michigan from 2004 through 2016.

In 2009, Mr. Lenhoff was trial counsel in the reverse discrimination case of Keith Speer v City of Flint. Mr. Lenhoff won a jury verdict of $131,000 in the Speer case – a result far better than the $60,000 settlement amount that was recommended by the Genesee County Circuit Court Case Evaluation Panel. After the Trial Court’s award of attorney fees, costs and interest, Speer settled for $305,000. The Speer trial was particularly important because it was the first trial in the 48-plaintiff employment discrimination litigation involving the “Citizens Service Bureau” – a 5 member elite Flint Police Department bureau that was created by then-City of Flint Mayor Donald Williamson in an act of racial discrimination.

The Speer case was a prelude to the 2011 Arbitration in the Citizens Service Bureau consolidated cases. In the Arbitration, a blue ribbon Arbitration Panel awarded several Flint Police Officer Plaintiffs the sum of $2,621,424 in damages, plus attorney fees and interest. This award was the largest employment discrimination award in the State of Michigan in the year of 2011.

In the summer of 2011, Mr. Lenhoff, aided by his able Second Chair Robert D. Kent-Bryant, won a $535,000 Jury Verdict in the case of Craig Hecht v National Heritage Academies, Genesee County Circuit Court Case No. 10-93161-CL (Hon. Geoffrey L. Neithercut).

The Hecht case was tried to a Jury in Genesee County Circuit Court. The Jury was comprised of five white people and two African-American people. The Jury found that Mr. Hecht was the victim of racial discrimination and awarded $535,000 in damages. On October 28, 2014, the Michigan Court of Appeals affirmed the Jury’s $535,000 Verdict.

Later in the year of 2011, Mr. Lenhoff was Lead Trial Counsel in the employment discrimination case of Michael Clum v Jackson National Life Insurance Co., Ingham County Circuit Court Case No. 10-000146-CL (Hon. Paula J. M. Manderfield). The Jury awarded Mr. Clum the sum of $1,093,000.

The Clum Verdict was the largest employment discrimination jury verdict in Michigan in 2011. In fact, the Clum Verdict was the only 2011 Michigan employment discrimination jury verdict in an amount over $1-Million. On November 5, 2013, the Michigan Court of Appeals affirmed the Jury’s Verdict of $1,093,000. Furthermore, on June 18, 2014, the Michigan Supreme Court denied Leave to further appeal. The Clum case has thus now been concluded, and the Jury’s Verdict has been completely upheld.

Another significant trial verdict won by Mr. Lenhoff was the 2014 Trial Verdict in the case of Yolanda Larry v Hurley Medical Center. Ms. Larry, an African-American female, was fired from her position at Hurley. A Genesee County Circuit Court Jury awarded her the sum of $183,625.

The combination of the Jury Verdicts in Speer, Hecht, Clum and Larry and the Arbitration Award in Porter left a significant impact on the Michigan legal community. There can be no doubt that the Law Office of Glen N. Lenhoff is one of the leading law firms – and perhaps the leading law firm – in the Midwest in the area of employment discrimination litigation.

In recent years, Mr. Lenhoff has been lead counsel in several significant sex harassment cases that resulted in settlements. In the case of Kelly Caudell v Flint Community Schools, the Law Office of Glen N. Lenhoff won a $600,000 settlement for a teacher who was the victim of sex harassment. In the case of Rebecca Stadler, et al. v Genesee County, et al., the Law Office of Glen N. Lenhoff won a $500,000 settlement for female deputies who suffered sex harassment while working for the Genesee County Sheriff’s Department.

In October 2015, Mr. Lenhoff, assisted by Michael E. Freifeld, successfully withstood summary disposition in the case of Donald Dinkgrave v Genova Products, Genesee County Circuit Court Case No. 14-103756-CL (Hon. Judith A. Fullerton). On the eve of trial, the Dinkgrave case settled for $550,000.00. This settlement was an outstanding achievement in that it helped a worthy long-term employee win justice.

Mr. Lenhoff has also distinguished himself by his writing. He has published Law Review articles and articles in the Michigan Bar Journal. He also has written fiction. In the 2014 Michigan Bar Journal Short Story Contest, Mr. Lenhoff’s story “Tiny” was chosen as a finalist in the competition. Apart from the law, Mr. Lenhoff is very interested in music and literature.

 

Michael E. Freifeld

Michael E. Freifeld graduated from Rutgers University in 1988. He graduated from the Detroit College of Law in 1992 and was admitted into the Michigan Bar in 1993. Mr. Freifeld currently is a member of the Bar of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit as well as a member for the Bars of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan and the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan.

Mr. Freifeld has been practicing in employment law for over 20 years. He has participated in the litigation of many significant age discrimination cases. Mr. Freifeld did much of the deposition work in the Streeter v Ford Motor Company class action case which, along with the consolidated class action case of Seigel v Ford Motor Company, resulted in a $10.6-Million settlement, along with the abolition of the Ford forced ranking "A, B and C" rating system.


Mr. Freifeld did appellate work in the case of Dennis Goodman v Genesee County. Goodman is a notable case in which the Law Office of Glen N. Lenhoff twice obtained Michigan Court of Appeals reversals of a Trial Court Judge who had twice dismissed Goodman on summary disposition. Eventually, on the eve of trial, the Goodman case settled for the sum of $425,000.

In the Citizens Service Bureau reverse discrimination case referred to earlier on this website, Mike Freifeld carried out key deposition and motion work. Mr. Freifeld was also an able Second Chair to Glen Lenhoff at the Citizens Service Bureau Arbitrations.

The Streeter and Citizens Service Bureau cases are proof of Mr. Freifeld’s mettle as a class action/multi-plaintiff litigator.

Michael Freifeld was Second Chair in the 2011 case of Rebecca Jackson v Hurley Medical Center, United States District Court (ED of Mich) Case No. 4:11-cv-10516 (Hon. Mark A. Goldsmith). The Jackson case, a Family Medical Leave Act case, resulted in a $500,000 settlement – one of the largest reported Family Medical Leave Act settlements in 2011.

Mr. Freifeld also has been Second Chair in significant age discrimination, sex harassment and whistleblower cases that were litigated to successful outcomes in the 2/13-2/15 time period.” A recent example of Mr. Freifeld’s work occurred in the case of Donald Dinkgrave v Genova Products, Genesee County Circuit Court Case No. 14-103756-CL (Hon. Judith A. Fullerton). The Dinkgrave case settled on the eve of trial in late-October 2015 for the sum of $550,000.00.

 

Robert D. Kent-Bryant 

Robert D. Kent-Bryant graduated from the University of Michigan, Cum Laude, in 1984. He attended the University of Michigan Law School, from which he graduated in 1987. Mr. Kent-Bryant was admitted into the Michigan Bar in 1987. He currently is a member of the Bar for the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit,as well as a member of the Bar for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, and the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan.

Mr. Kent-Bryant has practiced litigation for over 19 years. He specializes in the areas of employment law and personal injury law. In the area of employment law, Mr. Kent-Bryant has litigated cases involving age, race and sex discrimination, sexual harassment, and violation of the Family and Medical Leave Act. Mr. Kent-Bryant also has litigated personal injury cases ranging from auto accidents to product liability, to medical malpractice.

Mr. Kent-Bryant was Second Chair to Glen N. Lenhoff in a celebrated weight discrimination trial that occurred in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, Steve Pasanski v Continental Rental. In the Pasanski trial, the Federal Court Jury found that Plaintiff Steve Pasanski was the victim of weight discrimination in violation of the Michigan Civil Rights Act. Unlike most states, weight discrimination is illegal in Michigan. The Pasanski Jury awarded $284,574 in damages, thus vindicating the protection against weight discrimination that is codified in Michigan law. Pasanski is one of the best known Michigan weight discrimination jury verdicts.

Mr. Kent-Bryant was Second Chair and rendered significant assistance in two celebrated 2011 trials. In Craig Hecht v National Heritage Academies, a white teacher (Craig Hecht) was discharged from his job at National Heritage Academies for supposedly making a racially inappropriate remark.

The Hecht case was tried in Genesee County Circuit Court before Judge Geoffrey Neithercut. The Jury awarded Mr. Hecht the sum of $535,000 in damages. Mr. Kent-Bryant’s incisive deposition work brought about several key admissions that were crucial in the Hecht trial.

Mr. Kent-Bryant also rendered valuable assistance as Second Chair in the trial of Michael Clum v Jackson National Life Insurance, Ingham County Circuit Court Case No. 10-000146-CL (Hon. Paula J. M. Manderfield).

In 2010, Mr. Kent-Bryant was Lead Trial Counsel in the case of William Reese v Michigan Department of Corrections, US District Court (E.D. Mich.) Case No. 08-10261 (Hon. Patrick J. Duggan). Reese was a reverse gender discrimination case in which a male Michigan prison guard suffered discrimination with respect to assignments. Mr. Kent-Bryant won a $50,000 Jury Verdict.

Mr. Kent-Bryant also has played a significant role in employment discrimination cases that were successfully litigated by the Law Office of Glen N. Lenhoff in the 2013-2014 time period.



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