Cary McGehee, of Royal Oak-based Pitt McGehee Palmer & Rivers, has been appointed chair of the Local Rules Advisory Committee for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan by the judges of the court.
The one-year appointment beginning July 1, 2017 was announced by Chief Judge Denise Page Hood.
McGehee and Michael Pitt co-founded Pitt McGehee Palmer & Rivers 25 years ago. She focuses her practice on civil and employment rights.
The firm has won significant civil and human rights verdicts for its clients, including the landmark Neal vs. Michigan Department of Corrections case in which more than $100 million was awarded to female inmates who had been sexually assaulted by prison guards.
McGehee and other firm attorneys are currently representing tens of thousands of Michigan residents in several high-visibility class action lawsuits against the State of Michigan related to the Flint Water Crisis and the false fraud allegations scandal at the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency.
She is a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. In addition, McGehee has been named Trial Lawyer of the Year by the Public Justice Foundation and given the Lawyers for the People award by the National Lawyers Guild.
In 2016, she was selected Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers in America and has been named by Michigan Lawyers Weekly to its annual Women in the Law listing.
McGehee also serves on the Board of Trustees for Michigan State University College of Law; as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Michigan Coalition for Human Rights; the Advisory Board of the American Civil Liberties Union; and the Employment Law Committee of the Michigan Association for Justice.
She is a graduate of Bowling Green University and Detroit College of Law (now Michigan State University College of Law).