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Debra Colby • Associate

Ogletree Deakins • Bloomfield Hills (Metro Detroit), Michigan

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Ogletree Deakins
Governor's Place, Suite 120
33 Bloomfield Hills Parkway
Bloomfield Hills (Metro Detroit), Michigan 48304
phone 248-593-6400
fax  248-593-2603


In 2001, after completing a clerkship with United States Magistrate Judge Roger B. Cosbey in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Ms. Colby joined what is now the Bloomfield Hills office as an associate attorney.  Ms. Colby has concentrated her practice on state and federal court litigation and general labor and employment law.  Ms. Colby has handled various aspects of litigation, at both the trial and appellate court levels.  Additionally, Ms. Colby has represented clients before Administrative Agencies.Aside from the litigation aspect of her practice, Ms. Colby also provides advice to clients on a myriad of topics including the Michigan Social Security Number Privacy Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the City of Detroit smoking ordinance, and the recent changes to state and federal minimum wage laws.  Ms. Colby also drafts various employment related documents including handbooks, employment applications, drug testing policies, mandatory arbitration policies, and severance agreements.


  • College: B.S., cum laude, Taylor University Fort Wayne, 1996
  • Law School: J.D., magna cum laude, Valparaiso University School of Law, 1999

Bar Admissions

State of Michigan, 1999, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, 2002, U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 2003
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