Shereef Akeel

Shereef Akeel

Troy, Michigan
888-832-1706 (Toll Free)

Akeel has been recognized as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer by the American Trial Lawyers Association (ATLA), a Lawyer of the Year by the Michigan Lawyers Weekly, nominated in top 5% of attorneys in the State of Michigan by Law & Politics Super lawyer Magazine for 12 consecutive years, in addition to being nationally recognized by US News & World News Report as a Tier One - Civil Rights lawyer.

Akeel has been involved in several high profile employment discrimination cases, where he has managed to obtain million dollar verdicts and settlements for his clients both in federal and state courts. Akeel, has also filed class action lawsuits challenging the no-fly list, and interrogation procedures at the border. Akeel has, also, taken his work internationally in filing human rights class action lawsuits on behalf of all of Iraqi detainees, who were tortured in Abu Gharib, and elsewhere by multi-billion dollar companies.

Akeel obtained his Bachelors Degree from the University of Michigan in 1987, and graduated from Detroit College of Law in 1996 (which merged with Michigan State University). Now, Akeel specializes in Employment law, Civil Rights, and Personal Injury. Akeel, also, has a CPA, and a Masters in Business Administration from Wayne State University.

Areas of Practice

  • 50% Employment Law/Discrimination
  • 50% Personal Injury/Civil Rights

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Certified Public Accountant, State of Michigan, 1991

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan, 1996
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan, 1996
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Michigan, 1996
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 2005
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2007


  • Michigan State University, Detroit College of Law, East Lansing, Michigan
    • J.D. cum laude - August, 1996
  • Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan
    • M.B.A. - 1992
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
    • B.A. - 1987

Representative Clients

  • Abu Gharib Torture Victims
  • Blackwater Shooting Victims


  • Speaker, Labor and Employment Law Section, Michigan State Bar
  • Speaker, Labor and Employment Law Institute, ICLE
  • Speaker, Annual Conference (Civil Rights Laws, Locally and Nationally), The Michigan Association of Justice
  • 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, 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

Honors and Awards

  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers by the American Trial Lawyers Association. (ATLA), 2010 - 2012
  • Super Lawyer, 2008 - 2018
  • President's Award - Center for Constitutional Rights, 2006 - Present
  • Defender of Freedom Award - ACLU, 2005 - Present
  • ADC - Guardian of Justice, 2006
  • American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), April 3, 2005
  • Law and Politics Magazine, Michigan Super Lawyer, 2006 - 2014
  • Michigan Lawyers Weekly, Lawyer of the Year, 2004
  • Guardian of Civil Rights - ADC , 2006 - Present

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar of Michigan, Member, 1996 - Present
  • American Association of Justice, Member
  • Michigan Association of Justice , Member

Past Employment Positions

  • Melamed, Dailey & Akeel, Partner/Founder, 1996 - 2004
  • Michigan Basic Property Insurance, Account Supervisor, 1991 - 1995