Attorney Aaron Burrell Honored with WMU-Cooley Law School's Integrity Award
March 28, 2017
Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce that Attorney Aaron Burrell recently received the Integrity Award from WMU-Cooley Law School. The law school honored him on March 15, 2017 after he gave his keynote speech during WMU-Cooley Law School’s “Integrity in Our Communities” speaker series. The award is presented to legal professionals who demonstrate the highest integrity in their profession.
Mr. Burrell’s presentation to WMU-Cooley law students, faculty and staff described the practice of law as a calling, defined as a strong urge to a particular way of life, as opposed to a career. When lawyers embrace the profession, he said they must rise to this calling as they serve the rule of law, clients, the profession itself and society as a whole.
“Becoming a lawyer is an all-encompassing transformation, it’s the pursuit of a vocation that intertwines itself into all aspects of your life,” said Mr. Burrell. “As lawyers, we are held to a higher standard. We must work diligently to reach that standard.”
At Dickinson Wright, Mr. Burrell practices complex commercial litigation, labor and employment law, appellate law and minority business enterprises. He has defended clients in a wide range of discrimination and unfair labor practice claims in state and federal court, as well as before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Michigan Department of Civil Rights and the National Labor Relations Board.
Mr. Burrell is highly involved in the community. He is an active member of the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association, the Wolverine Bar Association and the American Bar Association. He serves on the board of directors of the Oakland County Bar Association. He is the immediate past president of the D. Augustus Straker Bar Association, and was an affiliate representative of the National Bar Association. He is also an elected member of the State Bar of Michigan’s Representative Assembly for the 3rd Judicial Circuit, where he chairs the Special Issues Committee and co-chairs the State Bar of Michigan’s Equal Access Initiative.
Mr. Burrell has been named by Michigan Lawyers Weekly as an “Up and Coming Lawyer,” a “Rising Star” by Michigan Super Lawyers and a “Top 100 Lawyer in Detroit” by Native Detroiter Magazine. He earned his J.D. degree from WMU-Cooley Law School in 2009.