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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 - 2021
Licensed in Michigan Since: 1995
Education: Whittier Law School
Practice Areas: Employment & Labor: Employee (50%), Employment Litigation: Plaintiff (30%), Civil Rights (10%), Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (10%)
Attorney Profile

For more than 20 years now, Gafkay Law, PLC, in Michigan has offered exceptional advocacy and support to employees who experienced a serious violation of their rights on the job. Focusing primarily on employment law, our law firm has become one of the leading legal practices in the region and state for those dealing with any type of workplace discrimination, harassment, retaliation or any other serious grievance.

In addition, our law office represents the rights and interests of those who suffered a serious personal injury or devastating loss as the result of a car accident caused by someone else.  We also help sexual abuse victims hold their abusers accountable and obtain the justice they deserve.

Our founder, attorney Julie A. Gafkay, has practiced law since 1995, and she established our law firm to provide the highest level of counsel and support to clients throughout the greater Flint metro region, Saginaw and the rest of Michigan. During that time, Ms. Gafkay has helped secure numerous substantial awards and settlements for those in need, and she has earned top ratings on Avvo and been listed in SuperLawyers every year since 2011 as well as many other accolades for her impeccable professionalism and service.

You do not have to suffer alone; however, you need the best legal advocate on your side to ensure the best odds of achieving the favorable outcomes you expect efficiently. By contacting Gafkay Law, PLC, you can discover what all we can do to help you resolve your matter and secure a brighter future for yourself and your loved ones.

Practice Areas
  • 50%Employment & Labor: Employee
  • 30%Employment Litigation: Plaintiff
  • 10%Civil Rights
  • 10%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
Focus Areas

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


11 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2011 - 2021

About Julie A. Gafkay

First Admitted: 1995, Michigan

Professional Webpage:

Representative Clients

  • Zaiter v Riverfront Complex, Ltd, 463 Mich 544, 2001
  • McCrary v. Oakwood Healthcare, Inc., 170 F. Supp. 3d 981 (2016)., 2016
  • 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
  • Smith v. Spectrum Health, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 103016
  • Trepanier v National Amusements, Inc, 250 Mich App 578, 2002
  • Davis v Delphi Automotive Systems Corporation, Genesee County Circuit Court, August 18, 2000


  • Trial Advocacy Team, Whittier Law School
  • Criteria to be considered in making the award are: State Bar of Michigan membership for at least 10 years Integrity and adherence to the highest principles and traditions of the legal profession Superior professional competence An extraordinary professional accomplishment that benefits the nation, the state, or the local community in which the lawyer or judge lives, Champion of Justice, State Bar of Michigan, 2019
  • Saginaw County Community Servce Award, 2015
  • Member, Moot Court Honors Board, Whittier Law School

Educational Background

  • James Madison College at Michigan State University, B.A. in Political Theory and Criminal Justice, December 1992, 1992
  • Whittier Law School, graduated with honors, 1995

Other Outstanding Achievements

  • Michigan Women in Law (Michigan Lawyers Weekly), 2012, 2012
  • Selected for Women In Law by Michigan Lawyers' Weekly, 2011

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Saginaw County Bar Association Community Service Award, 2015
  • Committee Member on the Saginaw County Bar Pro Bono Committee
  • Secretary, Junction of Hope Board of Directors, 2011- Present
  • President-Elect, Frankenmuth Morning Rotary Club, 2010 - 2011
  • Member of Fundraising Organizaton - 100+ Women Who Care
  • Director, Junction of Hope Board of Directors, 2010 - Present
  • Member, Frankenmuth Morning Rotary Club, 2008 - Present
  • Director, Frankenmuth Morning Rotary Club, 2008 - 2010
  • Speaker for seminar on Employment Law for Pro Bono, 2010
  • Frankenmuth Chamber of Commerce Member
  • President, Frankenmuth Morning Rotary Club, 2011 - 2012
  • Frankenmuth Morning Rotary - Youth Exchange Officer 


  • Won verdict in a claim brought against my client for violating non-competition agreement., 2019
  • Federal jury trial verdict in favor of citizens who spoke at township board meetings and were subject to retaliation for speaking., 2018
  • 12/18/15: Jury Verdict, Genesee County Circuit Court, Hon. Archie L. Hayman, Retaliation under Michigan Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act, $100,000, 2015
  • 11/23/10: Jury Verdict - Midland County Circuit Court in front of Hon. Jonathan E. Lauderbach in pregnancy discrimination case, 2010
  • 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
  • 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.  , 2013
  • 4/19/10: , Jury Verdict, US Dist Ct, Western District, Judge Janet Neff: Verdict $426,000 - ADA case, 2010
  • 10/5/11: Jury Verdict, Midland County Circuit Court, Hon. Michael J. Beale, Whistleblowers' Protection Act, $80,000, 2011
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Article on Race Discrimination When an Employer Grants a Patient or Customer Request Based on Race , Author, Balancing Customer Care and Employee Civil Rights , State Bar of Michigan, Bar Journal, 2019
  • Article written by Julie A. Gafkay as President of Women Lawyers Association of Michigan in 2018 on the Future of Women in Law, Author, The Future of Women in Law, State bar of Michigan, Bar Journal, Legal, 2018
  • Author, Employees Gain Some Additional Expectation of Prviacy in the Workplace Under New Legislation.", 2013
  • spoke on Family and Medical Leave Act, instructor, National Business Institute, Employment Law, 2018
  • seminar for Family and Medical Leave Act, presenter, Family Medical Leave Act for Elite HR Professionals in Flint, Michigan., 2018
  • Author, "Providing Equal Athletic Opportunities to Students with Disabilities as Required under the Rehabilitiation Act of 1973.", 2013
  • Author, "Accommodating Disabled Employees under the ADA."
  • Lecturer on federal employment laws including WARN, OWBPA, FMLA, ADA, PDA, USERRA, ADEA, lecturer, Human Resources from Start to Finish, National Business Institute, 2015
  • Presenter at seminar on ADA, FMLA, and Workers' Compensation, Presenter, Understanding ADA and Understanding FMLA, Sterling Education Services, 2016
  • You Can’t Work There: NonCompetition Agreements in Michigan, 2011
  • Think Before You Send: No Right to Privacy in the Workplace , 2011
  • 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
  • Author, "Students Declared to Have Some Privacy Rights as to their Cell Phones by the Sixth Circuit.", 2013

Bar/Professional Activity

  • WLAM - Gender Equity Committee, 2020
  • Michigan Association of Justice, member, 2020
  • Law Day - Chair, Saginaw County Bar Association, 2011-2012
  • State Bar of Michigan, Standing Committee for Character & Fitness, 2020
  • Saginaw County Bar Association
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan, 1995
  • Student Bar Association
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2010
  • Michigan Association of Justice, Sustaining Member, 2012
  • Law Day Advisor, Saginaw County Bar Association, 2010-2019
  • President, Saginaw County Bar Association, 2012-2013
  • Director, Saginaw County Bar Association, 2009 - 2011
  • Adjunct, Saginaw Valley State University, MGT 422, Advanced Human Rescources, 2011-2013
  • Member, Labor and Employment Law Section, State Bar of Michigan
  • President, Women Lawyers Association of Michigan, 2017
  • President, Great Lakes Bay Region, Women Lawyers of Michigan, 2009 - 2010
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1997
  • Member, Genesee County Bar Association
  • Board Member, Frankenmuth Community Foundation - Board of Governors, January 2011 - 2019
  • Pro Bono Committee, Saginaw County Bar Association, 2009 - 2010
  • Vice President of the Board, Saginaw County Bar Association, 2011 - 2012
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Michigan, 1998
  • State Board of Directors, Women Lawyers of Michigan, 2010 - Present
  • State of Michigan Bar, 1995
  • State Bar of Michigan, Character & Fitness Committee Member, 2012-2019
  • Youth Advisory liaison, Frankenmuth Community Foundation - Board of Governors, 2011 - Present
  • Michigan Association of Justice, Executive Board Member, 2012
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Office Location for Julie A. Gafkay

175 South Main Street
Frankenmuth, MI 48734

Phone: 989-652-9240

Fax: 989-652-9249

Last Updated: 3/10/2021

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