Of Counsel


Mary Ellen Gurewitz is a cum laude graduate of the University of Michigan and a magna cum laude graduate of Wayne State University Law School. Following a federal court clerkship, she served as a field attorney with the National Labor Relations Board before joining Sachs Waldman in 1979. In her political and election law work she established and has led the Michigan Democratic Party’s voter protection program, which has become a national model. In addition to representing the MDP’s coordinated campaigns, she was Michigan counsel for the Obama campaigns in 2008 and 2012. She has represented plaintiffs in significant voting rights litigation, and has been a cooperating attorney for the Michigan ACLU. She has also represented office holders, candidates and committees in a wide variety of matters.

In her labor law practice she has represented many unions, including the Detroit Federation of Teachers, Unite Here, the Michigan Corrections Organization, the Michigan Professional Employees Society and other SEIU locals, the Detroit Fire Fighters Association, the Detroit Police Command Officers Association, and locals of the United Food and Commercial Workers. Experienced in state and federal litigation, she has argued cases before the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Michigan Supreme

A long time Detroit resident, she has been active in community work, serves on a number of non-profit boards, and is a proud founder and leader of Detroit Jews for Justice, an organization pursuing racial and economic justice in Detroit.