Shereef H. Akeel

Top rated Civil Rights attorney in Troy, Michigan

Akeel & Valentine, PLC
Shereef H. Akeel
Akeel & Valentine, PLC

Practice Areas: Civil Rights, Employment Litigation, Personal Injury; view more

Licensed in Michigan since: 1996

Education: Michigan State University College of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2023

Akeel & Valentine, PLC

888 West Big Beaver
Suite 350
Troy, MI 48084 Visit website


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, representing plaintiffs who have been wrongfully terminated, harassed or discriminated against. Mr. Akeel also pursues civil right cases, and represents whistleblowers in False Claims Act or Qui Tam cases.  Akeel also assists people who have been harmed by the negligence of others in seeking compensation for their personal injury losses, in addition to pursuing 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  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

Civil Rights, Employment Litigation: Plaintiff, Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff

Focus areas

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

  • 40% Civil Rights
  • 40% Employment Litigation: Plaintiff
  • 20% Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff

First Admitted: 1996, Michigan

Professional Webpage:

Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Member, Pro Bono Panel, Eastern District Federal Court, State of Michigan
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Certified Public Accountant, State of Michigan, 1991
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Speaker, Labor and Employment Law Section, Michigan State Bar
  • Speaker, Labor and Employment Law Institute, ICLE
  • 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
  • Lecturer, Mediation Best Practices, State Bar of Michigan, 2008 - Present
  • Lecturer, 34th Annual Labor & Employment law Institute, Lecturer, Managing Religious and Cultural Differences in the Work Place, Institute Continued Legal Education, Law, 2009 - Present
  • Speaker, Annual Conference (Civil Rights Laws, Locally and Nationally), The Michigan Association of Justice
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Member, State Bar of Michigan, 1996 - Present
  • The American Trial Lawyers Association
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 2005
  • Member, Michigan Association of Justice
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Michigan, 1996
  • Michigan, 1996
  • Member, American Association of Justice
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan, 1996
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2007
  • Super Lawyer, 2011 - Present
  • President's Award, Center for Constitutional Rights, 2006 - Present
  • Defender of Freedom Award - ACLU, 2005 - Present
  • Guardian of Civil Rights, ADC , 2006 - Present
  • Super Lawyer, 2009 - Present
  • Defender of Freedom Award, ACLU, 2005 - Present
  • Michigan Super Lawyer, Law and Politics Magazine, 2006 - 2014
  • American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), April 3, 2005
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers, American Trial Lawyers Association (ATLA), 2010 - 2012
  • Super Lawyer, 2008 - Present
  • ADC - Guardian of Justice, 2006
  • Lawyer of the Year, Michigan Lawyers Weekly, 2004
Representative Clients:
  • Blackwater Shooting Victims
  • Abu Gharib Torture Victims
Educational Background:
  • Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan M.B.A., 1992
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan B.A., 1987
  • Made an appearance in a recent popular documenatry know as Iraq for Sale, Iraq for Sale, 2005
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
  • Lawyers
  • 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

Office location for Shereef H. Akeel

888 West Big Beaver
Suite 350
Troy, MI 48084

Phone: 248-918-4542


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