BLOOMFIELD HILLS LAWYER TAKES ON THE BIG DOGS — AND WINS

Among her cases

FALSE CHARGES BROUGHT AGAINST FAMILY WITH AUTISTIC CHILD

A West Bloomfield family is torn apart when a rogue police department and rampaging prosecutor falsely accuse the parents of sexually abusing their severely autistic daughter. Deborah Gordon negotiated settlements and took Oakland County to court, earning the Wendrows $6.5 million.


University student VINDICATED

A promising young engineering student was at the University of Michigan when he was wrongly found to have violated the sexual misconduct policy. Deborah Gordon sued the university in federal court, alleging that university officials had violated his constitutional rights to due process. The University eventually removed the misconduct charges from his record. Deborah Gordon has been on the forefront of the fight to ensure that young college students are not harmed by false accusations and reckless “investigations’’ launched by universities ill-equipped to handle sexual misconduct charges.

 
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DEFAMATION

University of Michigan’s first gay student body president, Chris Armstrong was enjoying his college days and popularity among his fellow students in 2010 when a man he’d never met before, assistant state attorney general Andrew Shirvell began stalking and publicaly harassing him, launching a false and vicious attack on Chris via social media, accusing him of being a “radical, homosexual elitist.” He also began stalking Chris, showing up on campus and in front of Chris’ home. The abuse made national headlines. Deborah Gordon filed a lawsuit on behalf of Chris, and a jury awarded Chris a $4.5 million verdict. Shirvell was fired from his job and sued Deborah Gordon, alleging she had conspired with the AG’s office and defamed him. The court tossed Shirvell’s suit, calling it frivolous, and awarded Deborah Gordon sanctions.

Sanctions against Andrew Shirvell upheld – Detroit Free Press 2/2/2015

Federal judge dismisses lawsuit brought by anti-gay attorney – Associated Press 9/17/2013


PREGNACY DISCRIMINATION

Tina Varlesi was a graduate student at Wayne State University, studying to become a social worker when she began a mandatory internship at a Salvation Army facility in 2008. Varlesi, who was pregnant, had outstanding grades and planned to graduate that year. Her internship supervisor, however, began telling her to wear looser clothing, warning that touching her belly was arousing the men at the facility and making other disparaging remarks. Varlesi was ultimately given a failing grade on the internship, despite her excellent academic record and was denied her degree. Deborah Gordon filed a lawsuit in federal court alleging pregnancy discrimination and retaliation. In 2013 a jury awarded Varlesi $850,000. A federal court of appeals upheld that judgement.

Pregnant-belly-rubbing advice costs Wayne State University $850,000 payout to student – Detroit Free Press 3/7/2016

Pregnant woman told not to rub belly wins lawsuit – FoxNews Detroit 3/8/2016

Tina Varlesi claims WSU, Salvation Army discriminated against her for being pregnant and unwed – Huffington Post 12/08/2010


COURT VIOLATES EMPLOYEE'S CONSTITUTIONal RIGHTS

Michelle Horton was a 14-year veteran clerk at the 48th District Court in Bloomfield Hills and had been named employee of the year when she was abruptly fired in 2004, falsely accused of leaking damaging information about the court. Deborah Gordon filed a federal lawsuit alleging a political motive for the termination, and during several days of testimony grilled three sitting judges, some who gave conflicting testimony about what happened. A disgusted jury took just hours to award Horton $3 million in damages.

Ex-court clerk wins $3 million – Macomb Daily 12/13/2006

Brian Dickerson: The jury speaks and a district court trembles – Detroit Free Press 12/13/2006 

In our opinion: Put stops to court’s abuses, waste – Detroit Free Press 12/20/2006 NO LIVE LINK


                         

                             POLICE OFFICER RETALIATED AGAINST

Michael Corbett had been a Novi police officer for almost 25 years with an impeccable personnel record when he began to feel pressure from the command staff to meet quotas when writing tickets. Quotas are against the law. When Corbett complained, he was threatened that he would not get his pension. He filed suit. Deborah Gordon helped him obtain a significant settlement.

Former Novi officer gets $280,000 in ticket quota lawsuit – Oakland Press 4/21/2014

Ex-Novi cop wins $280,000 in lawsuit over alleged ticket quota – ClickOnDetroit 4/18/2014



DEB IS FREQUENTLY ASKED TO COMMENT AS AN EXPERT ON CASES OTHER THAN HER OWN. SHE IS FEATURED IN THE FOLLOWING ARTICLES:

Family awarded $21 million in case of fatal brain surgery mix-up – Detroit Free Press 5/7/2015

Honigman Settles With Ex-Secretary Injured On The Job -  Law 360 6/1/2011

Judge Wade McCree’s steamy shirtless pic could lead to hot water for popular figure 4/25/2012

Ex-WCSX DJ sues, says she was harassed - Detroit News 11/18/2009