The staff at Reiter & Walsh P.C. would like to congratulate our attorney Emily Thomas for being a finalist for the State Bar of Michigan Young Lawyers Section’s Regeana Myrick Outstanding Young Lawyer Award!
Who receives the Regeana Myrick Outstanding Young Lawyer Award?
The State Bar of Michigan Young Lawyers Section renamed the ‘Outstanding Young Lawyer Award’ in honor of Regeana Myrick when she passed away in 1997. She was known for her dedication to her legal duties as well as for her deep commitment to public service. This award is annually reserved for young Michigan lawyers who have demonstrated an overwhelming commitment to public service, service to the bar and exceptional leadership.
Attorney Emily Thomas’ Advocacy- and Service-Oriented Career
Attorney Emily Thomas has dedicated her legal career to helping people with special needs and disabilities. She first experienced the interaction between law and injury in high school, when her mother became disabled. Before college, she assisted individuals with traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) in handling their financial, healthcare and legal matters.
Throughout law school, she continued assisting disabled individuals by helping to represent clients before administrative law judges in Social Security disability cases. Over the course of her education, Emily also drafted appeals to the Michigan Court of Appeals, the Michigan Supreme Court and the United States Supreme Court. In 2010, she received the Wayne Law Bacow Scholarship for high ethical and professional standards.
Following graduation from Wayne State University Law School and admission to the Michigan Bar, Emily began her career as an attorney at a leading medical malpractice firm investigating birth trauma cases. She now works with Reiter & Walsh, helping the families of children with birth injuries, cerebral palsy, and motor, cognitive and intellectual impairments secure resources for their lifelong care and support.
She was recently added to the “Rising Stars 2014 and 2015” list by Super Lawyers magazine. In 2015, she was recognized as an Up and Coming Lawyer by Michigan Lawyer’s Weekly.
Congratulations, Emily! You are an outstanding attorney, and we congratulate you on being a Regeana Myrick finalist!
The winner of this award was Imran Syed, Assistant Clinical Professor of Law at the University of Michigan Law School Innocence Clinic, while Emily’s fellow finalist was Attorney Mitra Jafary-Hariri, an Associate at Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP.