Amanda J. Shelton

Amanda J SheltonAmanda Shelton represents international corporations, public and privately held companies, small businesses, startups, families, and individuals in a variety of legal issues.

For her business clients, Amanda is a trusted advisor in the both the courtroom and the boardroom. Intent on management risk and avoiding litigation, she provides counsel on labor and employee relations, employment policies and procedures, and regulatory compliance. When litigation is unavoidable, however, she is equally committed to serving the client’s best interests and has obtained numerous favorable outcomes in lawsuits involving employment discrimination, Whistleblower retaliation, wrongful termination, Family & Medical Leave Act claims, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission charges, and other workplace disputes. She represents management in labor disputes and grievance arbitrations, and also litigates commercial cases involving sales commission disputes, insurance coverage, professional negligence claims against engineering and construction companies, product liability, and bankruptcy preferences,

Amanda is known for her advocacy on behalf of same-sex partners and their families. She assisted the American Civil Liberties Union in National Pride at Work Inc., et al. v. Jennifer Granholm and City of Kalamazoo, a case in which, after three years of litigation, the Michigan Supreme Court ruled that Michigan’s gay marriage ban prevented public employers from offering employment benefits to the domestic partners of public employees. Despite that unfavorable decision, the ruling paved the way for further cases that ultimately opened the door to marriage equality, including DeBoer v. Snyder, in which the U.S. Supreme overturned Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage.

Amanda’s general family law practice includes helping couples seek and obtain divorces, establish parenting time and custody arrangements, and pursue and defend claims for spousal support. She also counsels married and non-married couples, individuals, same-sex couples and business owners on wealth transfer issues, and drafts estate plans designed to ensure that every client has the peace of mind knowing their assets will bypass the difficult and often time-consuming probate process.

Respected by her peers, Amanda has been recognized as a Super Lawyers Rising Star and a Top Woman Attorney in Michigan. She is active professionally in the State Bar of Michigan, the Federal Bar Association, and the Stonewall Bar Association, and in the community through her volunteer efforts with the Ruth Ellis Center and her children’s school.  Amanda is admitted to practice in Michigan state courts as well as the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan, and the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.