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Kelsey M. Dame

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  • Grand Rapids

    t. +1.616.752.2519

    f. +1.616.752.2500


Kelsey Dame is a labor and employment and litigation attorney who counsels employers through challenging situations. She also defends individuals in criminal matters. From managing discrimination claims with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and Michigan Department of Civil Rights (MDCR) to preparing for court proceedings, Kelsey works on a variety of cases with speed and accuracy. Kelsey is also a member of Warner's Higher Education Industry Group. She has become intimately familiar with the recent Title IX regulations published by the Department of Education and has drafted and revised Title IX policies for both K-12 and higher educational institutions in accordance with the new regulations. An undergraduate degree in psychology and time spent working for the prosecutor’s office allows Kelsey to bring a unique and empathetic perspective to every case. Recognizing the underlying psychological issues at hand, she guides employers through difficult and complex employment issues ranging from sexual harassment and discrimination claims to ADA, FMLA, and wage and hour matters. It is the in-person interaction that Kelsey enjoys most about her practice in addition to her role as an advocate for people working through trying circumstances. Kelsey also majored in Spanish and frequently trains supervisors and employees on harassment, diversity and inclusion for a wide variety of industries. 



  • Michigan State University College of Law J.D. 2017 magna cum laude
  • Hope College B.A. 2013 magna cum laude


  • 2017, Michigan

Bar Associations

  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Grand Rapids Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
    Western District
    Eastern District


  • Spanish


  • Counsels employers regarding charges of discrimination, ADA, FMLA and wage and hour issues
  • Advises employers on psychiatric disabilities and mental health issues
  • Prepares employment agreements
  • Litigates criminal and employment cases
  • Prepares employer policies and revises employee handbooks for profit and nonprofit organizations
  • Prepares and revises Title IX policies for both K-12 and higher educational institutions in accordance with 2020 regulations
  • Regularly trains and educates employees, managers and supervisors on a variety of topics, including discrimination, harassment and diversity and inclusion
  • Assists criminal defendants through arraignments, plan negotiations and sentencing
  • Secured dismissals in MDCR and EEOC charges of discrimination
  • Assisted in a federal jury trial acquittal
  • Assisted in landmark Michigan Supreme Court case regarding eyewitness identification and police procedures

Honors & Awards

  • 2020 A Lawyer Helps Pro Bono Honor Roll, State Bar of Michigan


Speaking Engagements

  • "Gender Issues on Campus: Title IX, Student Housing/Facilities, Athletics & Speech," Back to School--Preparing for Legal Challenges in Higher Education Warner Webinar, July 28, 2021
  • "Disability Accommodation, Discipline and Discharge during COVID‑19," Warner 2020 HR Executive Panel, October 7, 2020
  • "Labor and Employment Panel," Warner 2019 HR Executive Panels, September 13, 2019, Traverse City, Michigan
  • "Show Me the Money: EEO-1 Pay Data Reporting Requirements and Conducting Pay Equity Audits," Warner Webinar, June 12, 2019
  • "Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation Issues," Warner Human Resources Seminar, May 7, 2019, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • "FMLA, ADA and Mental Health Issues," Warner Human Resources Seminar, May 3, 2018, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • “Anatomy of a Discharge," Employment Law - Mock Trial 2018, Traverse Area Human Resource Association, April 26, 2018, Traverse City, Michigan 

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