Michelle J. Douglass
Michelle was born the eldest of three daughters in a working-class home in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She, like most others, has encountered hardships and setbacks but never forgets that mistakes, suffering and pain can be overcome by hard work and courage to move forward with positive determination. In the practice of law, she has dedicated her career to helping people fight for justice, having learned that nothing worthwhile comes without sacrifice, self-discipline and courage.
Michelle has been recognized by various publications and rated highly by a number of lawyer rating services. She has litigated thousands of cases in state, federal and administrative courts. To date, she has obtained several million-dollar jury verdicts for clients. She is also a regular public speaker on behalf of various continuing legal and human resource management organizations, such as the National Business Institute, Association of Trial Lawyers-NJ, the New Jersey Continuing Legal Education Institute, the Human Resources Summit, the Atlantic Cape Community College and the Rutgers University Cooperative Extension program.
After serving a judicial clerkship with the Honorable Steven Z. Kleiner, J.S.C. in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Michelle began a career as an employment trial lawyer. She has represented businesses, public entities, and public officials alike. She has also represented victims who were discriminated against on account of their sex, race, age, physical handicap or sexual orientation.
The greatest achievements in her career to date are the numerous battles inside and outside the courtroom combating injustice and winning new rights, especially for women and minorities. As a result of her success, Michelle has been sought out to defend employers, lawyers, doctors, politicians, public employees and people from all walks of life to protect their interests in matters of employment and civil rights law.
Michelle has a long history of commitment to helping others achieve justice and positive civil rights status through the legal system, and socially in community settings. She has served as pro bono counsel for the NAACP-Mainland/Pleasantville Branch; as the public policy Chairperson for the Association of American University Women (AAUW), Atlantic County, NJ branch; she is the founder and former Director of TechTrek/NJ, a girl’s STEM camp hosted at Stockton University; she is the founder and current Director of the Girls Can Club of Atlantic County, NJ, a not-for-profit organization designed to empower girls in the fields of language, technology and public policy; she has served as a member of STARS (Sisters Together Against Racism); and she is an activist for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).
Awards and Accolades
She is Certified by the New Jersey Supreme Court as a Civil Trial Attorney, a designation granted by the New Jersey Supreme Court to attorneys who are able to demonstrate efficient levels of experience, education, knowledge and skill in civil trial practice. Less than 2% of attorneys have the honor of this accreditation, thus allowing them to advertise that they have met the objective and rigorous standards approved by the U.S. Supreme Court and the American Bar Association.
Michelle has received recognition on the Super Lawyers list, which is generated based on peer reviews and an extensive review process.
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- Kutztown University B.S., Political Science, 1983 – University
- Stockton University Computer Science Studies, Continuing – University
- Delaware Law School, Widener University Juris Doctor, 1988 – University
- New Jersey, Third Circuit, United States Supreme Court
- National Association of Employment Lawyers-NJ, Member
- Society for Human Resource Management, Member
- American Association of University Women-NJ, Member, Past Public Policy Chair
- American Civil Liberties Union, Member
- American Trial Lawyers Association-NJ, Past Parliamentarian
- Tech Trek-NJ, Past Director
- Girls Can Club, Non-Profit Organization, Founder, Director
- Douglass Employment Practices, LLC-Florida Employment & HR Consulting, Owner
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I am forever thankful for the legal help Ms. Michelle and Mr. Burnham did for my case.- Samantha V.
Michelle and Phil are excellent attorneys.- Paige B.
I am forever thankful for the legal help Ms. Michelle and Mr. Burnham did for my case.- S.V.
I could not have been more pleased with the firm or our result.- Michelle M.C.
Both Michelle and Phil made me feel like I was a family member they were representing.- Robert K. Petroski
After meeting Michelle, she gave me the confidence I needed to fight for what I deserved.- Maria Marino
I never knew compassion, value and honesty could exist in an attorney until I met Philip.- Dan
She was always very prompt in her follow-up and developed a winning strategy for me.- James Runyon
Michelle Douglass is a straight shooter and fights for your rights.- Dave Daniels
Phil's service exceeded my expectations and I found him to be more responsive and sensitive to my situation than the previous lawyer I had used.- Abby