Julie A. Gafkay

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employment & Labor Attorney in Frankenmuth, MI

Gafkay Law, PLC
 | 175 South Main Street, Frankenmuth, MI 48734
Phone: 989-652-9240
Fax: 989-652-9249
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2011 - 2018
Licensed Since: 1995
Education: Whittier Law School
Practice Areas:
  • Employment & Labor: Employee (50%),
  • General Litigation (20%),
  • Civil Rights (10%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (10%),
  • Employment Litigation: Plaintiff (10%)
Attorney Profile

Julie A. Gafkay practices law throughout the state of Michigan and is located centrally in Saginaw County, Michigan.  She has practiced as an attorney in Michigan since 1995. Although the main focus of her practice is employment discrimination law, she also focuses on personal injury. Attorney Gafkay has won several high-profile cases for her clients.  In 2013, she represented the plaintiffs in an action against a large hospital in Flint who granted a patient's request for care based on race.  The case received national attention.  Since 2013, Attorney Gafkay has represented numerous clients who have been the victim of discrimination in the workplace based on a patient's or customer's request for White only employees.  Attorney Gafkay is extremely passionate about seeing this type of discriminatory practice eliminated in our country and has represented clients outside of Michigan, including Oklahoma, in this type of case.

In a 2009 case, Ms. Gafkay represented a client whose fractured leg resulted from an auto accident caused by a negligent driver. The defendant's insurance company offered a settlement of $100,000, which Ms. Gafkay and the plaintiff promptly rejected. She fought tenaciously for her client and won a more suitable judgment of $750,000 for the plaintiff.

She has served as President of the Saginaw County Bar Association and Women Lawyers Association of Michigan.  Her years of experience and dedication to righting the wrongs of discrimination, which include seven years as an associate with a Flint law firm, are testament to her total commitment to her clients.

Ms. Gafkay is also highly involved in her community.  She is a member of the Frankenmuth Morning Rotary Club and contributes heavily to that organization's charitable efforts. A member and director of the Chamber of Commerce, she also sits on the board of directors of the Frankenmuth Community Foundation and Frankenmuth Farmers Market. She completed her Bachelor of Arts at Michigan State University's James Madison College in 1992 and finished her Juris Doctor in 1996 at Whittier College in California.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Employment & Labor (50%): Employment Law - Employee, Wage & Hour Laws, Whistleblower, Sexual Harassment

General Litigation (20%): Litigation

Civil Rights (10%): Americans with Disabilities Act, Race Discrimination, Discrimination

Personal Injury - General (10%): Animal Bites, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff

Employment Litigation (10%): Employment Discrimination, Wrongful Termination, Retaliation

Focus Areas

Employment Law - Employee, Wage & Hour Laws, Whistleblower, Sexual Harassment, Litigation, Americans with Disabilities Act, Race Discrimination, Discrimination, Animal Bites, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Employment Discrimination, Wrongful Termination, Retaliation


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Super Lawyers: 2011 - 2018

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About Julie Gafkay

Admitted: 1995, Michigan

Professional Webpage: http://gafkaylaw.com/attorneys/


  • Saginaw County Community Servce Award, 2015
  • Trial Advocacy Team, Whittier Law School
  • Member, Moot Court Honors Board, Whittier Law School

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • President, Women Lawyers Association of Michigan, 2017
  • Frankenmuth Chamber of Commerce, Board Member, 2013
  • Michigan Association of Justice, Executive Board Member, 2012
  • Michigan Association of Justice, Sustaining Member, 2012
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2010
  • Law Day Advisor, Saginaw County Bar Association, 2010 - present
  • Adjunct, Saginaw Valley State University, MGT 422, Advanced Human Rescources, 2011-2013
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Federal Bar Association
  • State Bar of Michigan, Character & Fitness Committee Member, 2012-present
  • President, Saginaw County Bar Association, 2012-2013
  • Member, Genesee County Bar Association
  • Student Bar Association
  • President, Great Lakes Bay Region, Women Lawyers of Michigan, 2009 - 2010
  • State Board of Directors, Women Lawyers of Michigan, 2010 - Present
  • Youth Advisory liaison, Frankenmuth Community Foundation - Board of Governors, 2011 - Present
  • Board Member, Frankenmuth Community Foundation - Board of Governors, January 2011 - Present
  • Law Day - Chair, Saginaw County Bar Association, 2011-2012
  • Pro Bono Committee, Saginaw County Bar Association, 2009 - 2010
  • Director, Saginaw County Bar Association, 2009 - 2011
  • Vice President of the Board, Saginaw County Bar Association, 2011 - 2012
  • American Association for Justice
  • Member, Labor and Employment Law Section, State Bar of Michigan
  • Saginaw County Bar Association
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Michigan, 1998
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1997
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan, 1995
  • Michigan, 1995

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Speaker for seminar on Employment Law for Pro Bono, 2010
  • Frankenmuth Morning Rotary - Youth Exchange Officer 
  • Member of Fundraising Organizaton - 100+ Women Who Care
  • Secretary, Junction of Hope Board of Directors, 2011- Present
  • Director, Junction of Hope Board of Directors, 2010 - Present
  • Frankenmuth Chamber of Commerce Member
  • Member, Frankenmuth Morning Rotary Club, 2008 - Present
  • Director, Frankenmuth Morning Rotary Club, 2008 - 2010
  • President-Elect, Frankenmuth Morning Rotary Club, 2010 - 2011
  • President, Frankenmuth Morning Rotary Club, 2011 - 2012
  • Committee Member on the Saginaw County Bar Pro Bono Committee

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Presenter at seminar on ADA, FMLA, and Workers' Compensation, Presenter, Understanding ADA and Understanding FMLA, Sterling Education Services, 2016
  • Lecturer on federal employment laws including WARN, OWBPA, FMLA, ADA, PDA, USERRA, ADEA, lecturer, Human Resources from Start to Finish, National Business Institute, 2015
  • Author, "Students Declared to Have Some Privacy Rights as to their Cell Phones by the Sixth Circuit.", 2013
  • Author, "Providing Equal Athletic Opportunities to Students with Disabilities as Required under the Rehabilitiation Act of 1973.", 2013
  • Author, Employees Gain Some Additional Expectation of Prviacy in the Workplace Under New Legislation.", 2013
  • Think Before You Send: No Right to Privacy in the Workplace , 2011
  • You Can’t Work There: NonCompetition Agreements in Michigan, 2011
  • Author, "Accommodating Disabled Employees under the ADA."
  • Pro Bono Presenter, Employment Law, Saginaw County Bar Association, Nov. 16, 2010
  • Pro Bono Presenter, Ask the Lawyer, Saginaw County Bar Association, April 5, 2011
  • Author, "Non-Sexual Hostile Work Environment Claims after Haynie," Labor and Employment Law Notes, Fall, 2003


  • 12/18/15: Jury Verdict, Genesee County Circuit Court, Hon. Archie L. Hayman, Retaliation under Michigan Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act, $100,000, 2015
  • 10/5/11: Jury Verdict, Midland County Circuit Court, Hon. Michael J. Beale, Whistleblowers' Protection Act, $80,000, 2011
  • 4/19/10: , Jury Verdict, US Dist Ct, Western District, Judge Janet Neff: Verdict $426,000 - ADA case, 2010
  • 11/23/10: Jury Verdict - Midland County Circuit Court in front of Hon. Jonathan E. Lauderbach in pregnancy discrimination case, 2010
  • 1/14/09: Jury Verdict: US Dist Ct., Eastern District, Northern Division, Hon. Thomas L. Ludington: Jury verdict of $278,427.02 in an FMLA case In 2010: Hon. Thomas L. Ludington awarded the Plaintiff liquidated damages under her FMLA case, affirmed by the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit on October 31, 2013, 2009
  • Settlement in Auto Negligence Third Party case for $750,000, 2009
  • 2/21/2013: Battle, et al. v. Hurley Medical Center: highly publicized civil rights case settled.  Case involved an African-American nurse who worked in the neonatal intenstive care unit who was told she was not to care for a baby because of her race.  The father of one of her patient's requested that no African-American employees care for his baby.  The hospital initally granted the requested even posting a note on the assignment clipboard.  The Hospital corrected the action and resolved the lawsuit with three plaintiffs.  There was also a subsequent EEOC resolution reached.  The plaintiffs brought claims under Title VII for race discrimination.  
  • October 31, 2012, Sixth Circuit Opinion affirms jury verdict and award of liquidated damages, Hyldahl v At&T, Family and Medical Leave Case, 09-2087
  • Allen v Unlimited Creations of Flint, Inc, Genesee County Circuit Court. It involved a woman who suffered burns to her scalp after getting her hair relaxed and colored. On March 1, 2001, the jury found the beauty shop was negligent and awarded the Plaintiff $60,000
  • Frincke v Watertown Township, et al, United States District Court for the Eastern District. It involved a police chief who was discharged after speaking out regarding suspected violations of law by township board members and the wasting of township resources. On October 31, 2002, the jury awarded the Plaintiff lost wages and punitive damages in the total amount of $205,000

Representative Clients:

  • Smith v. Spectrum Health, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 103016
  • Davis v Delphi Automotive Systems Corporation, Genesee County Circuit Court, August 18, 2000
  • Tinnin v City of Burton and Mayor Charles Smiley, United States District Court for the Eastern District, March 9, 1999
  • Jesso v Letica Corporation, Oakland County Circuit Court, September 1997
  • Trepanier v National Amusements, Inc, 250 Mich App 578, 2002
  • Zaiter v Riverfront Complex, Ltd, 463 Mich 544, 2001

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Selected for Women In Law by Michigan Lawyers' Weekly, 2011

Educational Background:

  • James Madison College at Michigan State University, B.A. in Political Theory and Criminal Justice, December 1992
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175 South Main Street
Frankenmuth, MI 48734

Phone: 989-652-9240

Fax: 989-652-9249


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Last Updated: 5/29/2018

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