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Michigan Life Fellow Michael Pitt

August 3, 2014, Fellows in the news, Observer & Eccentric

ROYAL OAK — Michael Pitt, of Royal Oak-based Pitt McGehee Palmer & Rivers, has been selected by the State Bar of Michigan as a recipient of its 2014 Champion of Justice award.

The Champion of Justice award, one of the Bar Association’s most distinguished honors, is given for integrity and adherence to the highest principles and traditions of the legal profession, extraordinary individual accomplishments and commitment to causes that benefit national, state or local communities.

Pitt is receiving one of five Champion of Justice awards given this year.

He has been long recognized as one of the preeminent civil and employment rights attorneys in the region and nationally. Over the past 20 years, Pitt and his firm have been successful in winning legal decisions and gaining multimillion dollar verdicts and settlements in numerous high-profile employment and civil rights cases.

Pitt was co-counsel for the female prisoners who were awarded $100 million for sexual abuse in the well-known Neal vs. Michigan Department of Corrections class action suit.

In 2013, Pitt was selected as Lawyer of the Year in Employment Law by Best Lawyers and as a Leader in the Law by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. He has been repeatedly recognized as a Super Lawyer and named to the U.S. News and World Report’s Best Lawyers in America.

Pitt 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 Law School Board of Visitors and Public Justice Foundation. He has also served on the Judicial Task Force on the Election of Michigan Supreme Court Justices.

In addition, he and his firm have provided financial support and pro bono counsel to the American Civil Liberties Union for many years. Pitt and his wife, Peggy, also have endowed a scholarship, which is awarded yearly to a Wayne State law student with a severe disability.

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