In the employment arena, Mary advises publicly and privately held companies on workplace issues including harassment, employee handbooks and policies, employment agreements, labor relations, and discrimination based on race, age, gender, orientation, national origin, religion, and disability. She appears in state and federal courts throughout Michigan to defend lawsuits alleging hostile work environment, wrongful discharge, and violations of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Michigan Whistleblower Protection Act, the Family & Medical Leave Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, and other state and federal statutes.
Additionally, Mary pursues and defends employment-related litigation centered on defamation, and negligent or tortious interference claims, misappropriation of trade secrets, unfair competition, and non-compete and non-solicitation agreements. Her other litigation work involves the representation of large and small corporations engaged in fraud, breach of contract, product liability, and business tort disputes.
Equally dedicated and compassionate about family law issues, Mary helps clients seeking divorce and enforcing orders and judgments relative to child custody and parenting time, spousal support, and division of property, including family-owned businesses. She also vigorously fights for victims of civil and domestic violence by obtaining restraining orders and other protective measures.
Shelton & Deon is a member of Wealth Counsel, and Mary counsels individuals regarding all of their estate planning needs including the preparation of wills, general and special needs trusts, powers of attorney, advanced health care directives, and asset protection provisions. She also handles a variety of probate matters, including formation and termination of guardianships conservatorships.
Mary is active in the State Bar of Michigan and the Federal Bar Association for the Eastern District of Michigan, which honored her for her pro bono efforts in the greater Detroit area including her successful representation of the Michigan NAACP and Michigan ACLU in federal litigation to enforce provisions of the National Voter Registration Act. She is highly regarded by her peers, as evidenced by her being named a Super Lawyers® Rising Star. Mary is admitted to practice in Michigan state courts as well as the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan, and the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.