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Marla Linderman Richelew

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employment & Labor Attorney in Ann Arbor, MI

Linderman Law PLLC
531 Woodgrove Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
Phone: 734-864-4700
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2022
Licensed in Michigan Since: 1996
Practice Areas: Employment & Labor: Employee, Employment Litigation: Plaintiff, Business Litigation, Business/Corporate, Employment Litigation: Defense
Attorney Profile

An employment and labor lawyer with Linderman Law, PLLC, Marla A. Linderman Richelew represents clients in the Ann Arbor, Detroit, Grand Rapids and Jackson metropolitan areas as well as Washtenaw County, Oakland County, and Wayne County. Michigan Lawyers Weekly selected her for inclusion as one of the Top 20 Go-To Employment Lawyers in Michigan, a Leader in the Law (2018), a Top 20 Women in the Law (2012) and one of 6 Up and Coming Lawyers (2007). The State Bar of Michigan awarded her the Regeana Myrick Award in (2005-2006), was given the 2006 Outstanding Young Lawyer Award by the Washtenaw County Bar Association. Marla is also a Fellow of the State Bar of Michigan Foundation; Fellows of the State Bar of Michigan Foundation are chosen for their outstanding legal ability and devotion to community. 

In 1993, Ms. Linderman Richelew graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Prelaw. She was also a Golden Key National Honor Society member and graduated from Honors College. With Dean’s Honors and having earned the highest grade in Evidence in her class, she then graduated with her Juris Doctor from Indiana University School of Law in 1996 and was then admitted to practice in the state of Michigan.

Ms. Linderman Richelew is also admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan and the United States Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit. She is a regular speaker for a long list of organizations and has published written works for the Institute of Continuing Legal Education, Thompson Reuters, and the Michigan Association for Justice.

A former adjunct professor for Thomas M. Cooley Law School, she is a member of the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan, the Federal Pro Bono Committee, the Washtenaw County Bar Association, the Washtenaw Association for Justice, the Michigan Association for Justice and the State Bar of Michigan. Ms. Linderman is also currently the President of Ann Arbor Skyline Parent Teacher Student Organization.

Practice Areas
  • 10%Employment & Labor: Employee
  • 50%Employment Litigation: Plaintiff
  • 20%Business Litigation
  • 10%Business/Corporate
  • 10%Employment Litigation: Defense
Focus Areas

Employment Law - Employee, Wage & Hour Laws, Whistleblower, Sexual Harassment, Employment Discrimination, Wrongful Termination, Retaliation, Employment Law - Employer


14 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2022

About Marla Linderman Richelew

First Admitted: 1996, Michigan

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Ms. Linderman is a Past President for Women Lawyers Association of Michigan at the state level.  As Membership Chair, at the state level, Ms. Linderman was responsible for increasing membership of WLAM by over 40% and as Treasurer, she revamped the entire financial process to ensure the continuing financial viability of WLAM. Ms. Linderman also served as Chair of WLAM's prestigious Candidate Rating and Endorsement Committee for several processes, served as Amicus counsel for WLAM in several matters, and also served as its Legislative Affairs Chair for numerous years. She is also a former President of the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan-Washtenaw Chapter.  
  • Marla Linderman is currently the Executive Director of the Washtenaw Association for Justice
  • Ms. Linderman is on the Executive Board of the Michigan Association for Justice and serves on several committees, such as Membership (Co-Chair), Diversity and Legislative (Co-Chair of Employment and Labor).  She also served as an amicus counsel in the case of Hamed v. Wayne County et al.
  • Ms. Linderman is a Past President of the Washtenaw Association for Justice.  


  • Ms. Linderman was awarded this honor for earning "a reputation among her colleagues as an expert in civil rights law, a crusader for those who've been unjustly singled out, and a person with remarkable energy.", Up and Coming Lawyer, Michigan Lawyer's Weekly, 1997
  • The Regeana Myrick Award is the only award given by the State Bar of Michigan to new lawyers.  Only one attorney per year is bestowed this honor.  The award celebrates young lawyers who give of their time and talents to serve the community and the bar. Ms. Linderman was the fourth recipient to receive this award. The State Bar issued the following statement about Marla Linderman. "Ms. Linderman’s service to the community has truly been outstanding.  Ms. Linderman is actively involved in Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley and provides pro bono legal services to the organization allowing it to effectively serve the community.  In addition, Ms. Linderman worked with the Michigan Department of Civil Rights to actively advocate for the rights of citizens to file discrimination complaints and helped create a process that allows improved filing of such complaints.  In addition, Ms. Linderman has taken an active role in rallying support for One United Michigan.  Further, Ms. Linderman has coordinated Law Day for Washtenaw County over the last few years where 20 to 30 lawyers devote their time to provide pro bono legal services for the community.  Beyond the accomplishments noted above, Ms. Linderman dedicated countless hours to providing pro bono services to the community, educating the community, and serving the bar in various leadership roles including with the Washtenaw County Bar, the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan, and the Washtenaw Trial Lawyers Association.  Ms. Linderman’s record of service is exemplary and we are happy to acknowledge her outstanding achievements with this award. Regeana Myrick, the award’s namesake, was an active member of the Young Lawyers Section and also served on its Executive Council. In her unfortunately short career as a lawyer, Ms. Myrick exemplified the commitment to service to the public that the Outstanding Young Lawyer Award represents. Her unfortunate passing left a void in the legal community. It is for these reasons that the Outstanding Young Lawyer Award is named after Ms. Myrick today.", Regeana Myrick Outstanding Young Lawyers Award, State Bar of Michigan, 2005
  • Ms. Linderman received this award for her continued excellence in the law and was recognized as one of the Top 20 Women in the Law of the Year., Women in the Law, Michigan Lawyers Weekly, 2012

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Ms. Linderman has been appointed by federal courts to handle Pro Bono matters as Pro Bono counsel including in complex litigation, such as employment litigation.  In one such recent case, Ms. Linderman defeated a summary judgment motion against two major employers represented by one of the best known defense firms in Michigan., 2014
  • Ms. Linderman initiated the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan's Domestic Violence Committee and currently serves as a Member of the State Bar of Michigan's Domestic Violence Committee., 2015
  • Ms. Linderman currently serves as a Co-Chair of the Federal Bar's Pro Bono Subcommittee dedicated to recruiting organizations, law firms, and lawyers to join the Federal Pro Bono Project and to agree to take cases on an appointment basis by federal judges. Marla has been involved in this project since 2012.


  • In a written November 2016 opinion, a Genessee County Circuit Court Judge wrote, "Linderman Law saved this uninsured motorist's case for Plaintiffs.  Linderman Law increased its value for plaintiffs.", 2016

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Office Location for Marla Linderman Richelew

531 Woodgrove Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48103

Phone: 734-864-4700

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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