belisleMs. Belisle began her legal career in 2001 and practices primarily in civil litigation, employment and labor, civil rights, municipal and immigration law. Ms. Belisle has substantial litigation experience in Michigan’s state and federal courts. Her practice is focused on defending employers in employment and labor disputes involving age, sex, religious and race discrimination cases as well as Whistleblower, ADA, FMLA, civil rights, breach of employment contract, and wrongful and constructive discharge claims. She routinely defends employers in charges filed with the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Michigan Department of Civil Rights and defends employers in all levels of unemployment appeals. She represents municipalities in litigation involving Michigan’s Open Meeting Act and the Freedom of Information Act. She routinely represents multi-national corporations in obtaining work visas and lawful status for employees working in the United States. Ms. Belisle was selected for inclusion in Michigan’s Super Lawyers – Rising Stars Edition 2008. Ms. Belisle frequently lectures on labor and employment issues and her speaking engagements include:

  • Guest Lecturer on Social Media Issues – Saginaw Valley State University’s Certified Public Manager Certification Program (2012)
  • Legal Ramifications of Social Media and Anatomy of a Lawsuit – Michigan Local Government Management Association (2012)
  • Social Media Pitfalls and Legal Compliance (2011)
  • Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act, FMLA and Medical Marijuana Update (2011)
  • Retention and Production of Electronically Stored Documents (2010)
  • Contracting for Employment and Services (2010)
  • Unemployment, Wage and Hour and Workers Compensation Issues (2010)
  • FOIA and Electronic Documents (2009)
  • Human Resources Hot Topics (2009)
  • Hiring and Interviewing in a Facebook World (2009)
  • Family and Medical Leave Act (2008)
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (2008)
  • Michigan Open Meetings and FOIA (2008)

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Areas of Practice:

  • Municipal Law
  • Employment and Labor Law
  • Litigation

Bar Admissions:

  • State Bar of Michigan
  • American Bar Association
  • Oakland County Bar Association
  • Genesee County Bar Association
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Michigan Association of Municipal Clerks
  • Oakland County Clerks Association

Education:

  • University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, Detroit, Michigan, 2001
    Honors: Cum Laude
    Law Review: University of Detroit Law Review, Editor and Member, 1998 – 2001
  • Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan, 1994
    B.A., Political Science

Honors and Awards:

  • Recipient, Dean’s Scholarship for Academic Achievement and Book Awards for Outstanding Academic Performance
  • University of Detroit Mercy Law Review’s Frank Sengstock Award for Outstanding Legal Writing

Published Works:

  • Case Note on American Indian Law, 76 U. Det. Mercy L. Rev. 903, 1999
  • Note, United States v. Balsys: The United States Supreme Court Takes a Stand to Maintain the Fifth Amendment’s Integrity, 77 U. Det. Rev. 341, 2000
  • Co-Author, Avoiding Unnecessary Single Business Taxes: Property Managers Beware, Kupelian Ormond & Magy’s The Spotlight, May/June