Detroit — Dykema, a leading national law firm, today announced that Sherrie L. Farrell has been named Managing Member of the firm’s Detroit office. In her new role, Farrell will oversee the general management and growth of Dykema’s Detroit office.
“Sherrie is a tremendous leader and we’re pleased to have her in charge of our Detroit office,” said Peter M. Kellett, Dykema’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “She brings a fresh perspective to the job that we believe will help Dykema to grow and continue to play a key role in the Detroit community.”
Farrell, a former columnist and feature writer for the Michigan Chronicle, also serves as Chair of Dykema’s Diversity Committee.
Farrell said she is “honored to have been chosen for this important assignment in the firm. Dykema was founded in Detroit and while we now have 11 offices around the country, it is a special privilege for me to have been given the responsibility for administration of our home office.”
Farrell, who has been at Dykema since 1997, is a Member in the firm’s Litigation Department. In that role she advises clients on all aspects of business disputes, including a broad range of complex litigation matters. She has represented manufacturers, closely-held corporations, auto suppliers and construction companies in both litigated and non-litigated matters. Her practice also includes the defense of consumer financial services matters. She also served as the national discovery counsel for a Fortune 25 corporation.
Farrell also has significant experience in corporate bankruptcy matters and business restructuring. She has represented troubled suppliers, staffing corporations, construction companies and other regional and national businesses in creditors’ rights matters, out-of-court restructurings and as debtors’ and creditors’ counsel in Chapter 7, 11 and 13 proceedings. She has a breadth of experience in leading document and information investigations and has worked extensively with corporate counsel to develop and implement discovery strategies.
In 2011, she received the Robert Millender Visionary Award from Michigan State University College of Law’s Black Law Students Association. The award is named after the renowned Detroit attorney who was a partner in the first integrated law firm in the United States and a political mentor to such legendary leaders as Coleman A. Young, John Conyers and Richard Austin.
A participant in a number of professional and bar activities, Farrell is a member of the American Bar Association, Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association, Federal Bar Association, National Bar Association, Wolverine Bar Association, serving as president from 2008-2009, and the Women’s Lawyers Association of Michigan, which she served as president from 2000-2001.
In addition, Farrell is an active member of several civic and charitable organizations. She serves on the Michigan Governing Board of Directors for Gift of Life, an organ and tissue donation program, and is an Advisory Board member of the Detroit Minority Organ Tissue Transplant Education Program (MOTTEP). She formerly served as a member of Wayne State University Law School’s Board of Visitors and as Barrister of the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law’s chapter of American Inns of Court, whose goals are to instill excellence in advocacy and professionalism among students.
Farrell was a member of the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Detroit Class XVIII, a community leadership program for executives in southeast Michigan. She is a current board member of the Legal Aid and Defender Association, Inc., the largest provider of free legal services to the indigent in Michigan and one of the largest in the United States.
Farrell earned a B.A. from Wayne State University and a J.D. from the Michigan State University College of Law.