Michelle Crockett is a partner and chief diversity officer at Miller Canfield. She represents private and public sector entities on all matters related to labor and employment law, which includes but is not limited to, Title VII and Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act claims of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation.
She manages all phases of federal and state court litigation, arbitrations, and administrative proceedings; conducts collective bargaining negotiations primarily for school districts and municipalities; and provides assistance with the development of affirmative action plans, Department of Labor/Office of Federal Contract Compliance Program ("OFCCP") requirements, and all matters related to government contracting.
Professor Crockett joined Miller Canfield as an associate in 2001 and became the firm's first African American female partner in 2008. During her tenure at Miller Canfield, she has served as diversity director (2011–2013; 2014 to present); hiring chair (2014 to present); director of professional development (2014 to present); and chair of the Women of Miller Canfield (2009–2011). Crockett left Miller Canfield in 2013 to become the first general counsel for the Education Achievement Authority of Michigan, a public school district established to focus on reforming education for the lowest performing students in the State of Michigan. In that role, Crockett provided oversight of all legal and compliance matters related to the district and its board of directors. She also assisted with identifying an embezzlement/kick-back scheme initiated by several district administrators, and worked with federal law enforcement during the investigation of said malfeasance by providing documentation and information as requested. She rejoined Miller Canfield in 2014.
Professor Crockett has been recognized as a Michigan Super Lawyer Rising Star (2008); Michigan Super Lawyer (2013 and 2014); Best Lawyers in America (2013); and DBusiness Top Employment Lawyer (2016). She received Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association's President Award in 2010 and was honored as a Woman of Excellence by the Michigan Chronicle in 2015. Professor Crockett currently serves on the board of directors for Alternatives for Girls (chair); Leadership Oakland (president); the State Bar of Michigan Labor & Employment Law Council (treasurer); Michigan Community Resources; and the Oakland County Bar Association Foundation.