Shereef H. Akeel

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Civil Rights Attorney in Troy, MI

Akeel & Valentine, PLC
 | 888 West Big Beaver, Suite 420
Troy, MI 48084
Phone: 248-918-4542
Fax: 248-269-9119
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1996
Practice Areas:
  • Civil Rights (40%),
  • Employment Litigation: Plaintiff (40%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (20%)
Attorney Profile

Shereef H. Akeel is the co-founder of Akeel & Valentine, PLC, located in Troy, Michigan. With clients throughout the Detroit metropolitan area and across the state, he focuses his practice primarily on employment law issues, representing plaintiffs who have been wrongfully terminated or who have faced unlawful discrimination or harassment on the job. Mr. Akeel also represents whistleblowers in False Claims Act and other qui tam cases, and he also assists people who have been harmed by the negligence of others in seeking compensation for their losses in personal injury and wrongful death litigation.

A 1987 recipient of a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Michigan State University, Mr. Akeel also holds a Master of Business Administration from Wayne State University. He was awarded his Juris Doctor in 1996 from Michigan State University College of Law.

A member of the American Association for Justice, Mr. Akeel lectures frequently at seminars and conferences, and he has delivered a presentation at the Michigan Association for Justice's annual convention. He is admitted to practice in Michigan as well as before the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and the Supreme Court of the United States.

Prior to opening Akeel & Valentine, PLC, in 2006, Mr. Akeel spent several years with a firm in Huntington Woods, Michigan. He has earned the respect of his fellow professionals for his track record and high degree of ethics, as evidenced by his receipt of a "Superb" peer review rating through Avvo. Mr. Akeel is also a member of The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100, an invitation-only organization comprised of the leading trial lawyers from each state.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Civil Rights (40%): Race Discrimination, Discrimination

Employment Litigation (40%): Employment Discrimination, Wrongful Termination, Retaliation, Employment Law - Employer

Personal Injury - General (20%): Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff

Focus Areas

Race Discrimination, Discrimination, Employment Discrimination, Wrongful Termination, Retaliation, Employment Law - Employer, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff


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Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2019

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About Shereef Akeel

Admitted: 1996, Michigan

Professional Webpage:


  • Lawyer of the Year, Michigan Lawyers Weekly, 2004
  • American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), April 3, 2005
  • ADC - Guardian of Justice, 2006
  • Defender of Freedom Award - ACLU, 2005 - Present
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers, American Trial Lawyers Association (ATLA), 2010 - 2012
  • Michigan Super Lawyer, Law and Politics Magazine, 2006 - 2014
  • Guardian of Civil Rights, ADC , 2006 - Present
  • Defender of Freedom Award, ACLU, 2005 - Present
  • President's Award, Center for Constitutional Rights, 2006 - Present
  • Super Lawyer, 2008 - Present
  • Super Lawyer, 2009 - Present
  • Super Lawyer, 2011 - Present

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Certified Public Accountant, State of Michigan, 1991

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Michigan, 1996
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2007
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 2005
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Michigan, 1996
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan, 1996
  • The American Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member, Michigan Association of Justice
  • Member, American Association of Justice
  • Member, State Bar of Michigan, 1996 - Present

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Member, Pro Bono Panel, Eastern District Federal Court, State of Michigan

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Lecturer, 34th Annual Labor & Employment law Institute, Lecturer, Managing Religious and Cultural Differences in the Work Place, Institute Continued Legal Education, Law, 2009 - Present
  • Lecturer, Mediation Best Practices, State Bar of Michigan, 2008 - Present
  • Lecturer, How to Negotiate Settlement Agreements Without a Mediator: All the Skills You Long Ago Forgot!, The Institute of Continuing Legal Education, Legal, 2008 - Present
  • Speaker, Annual Conference (Civil Rights Laws, Locally and Nationally), The Michigan Association of Justice
  • Speaker, Labor and Employment Law Institute, ICLE
  • Speaker, Labor and Employment Law Section, Michigan State Bar

Representative Clients:

  • Blackwater Shooting Victims
  • Abu Gharib Torture Victims


  • Made an appearance in a recent popular documenatry know as Iraq for Sale, Iraq for Sale, 2005

Educational Background:

  • Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan M.B.A., 1992
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan B.A., 1987

Industry Groups

  • 1983 Actions
  • American Lawyers
  • Attorneys
  • Automobile Accidents. Car Accidents
  • Civil Rights
  • Constitutional Law
  • Contract
  • Dearborn Lawyers
  • Defamation
  • Detroit Lawyers
  • Discrimination
  • Employment Law
  • Excessive Force
  • False Claims Act
  • Federal Tort Claims Act
  • First Amendment
  • Lawyer
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  • Legal
  • Mediation
  • Michigan Lawyers
  • Motorcycle Accidents
  • Oil & Gas
  • Personal Injury
  • Pmpa
  • Police Misconduct
  • Pool Accidents
  • Premise Liability
  • Public Accomadation
  • Qui Tam
  • Retaliation Claims
  • Truck Accidents
  • Whistleblower
  • Whistlelower Claims
  • Wrongful Death
  • Wrongful Discharge
  • Wrongful Termination
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Office Location for Shereef H. Akeel

888 West Big Beaver
Suite 420
Troy, MI 48084

Phone: 248-918-4542

Fax: 248-269-9119

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Last Updated: 4/4/2019

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