Nicholas Roumel

Nicholas Roumel

Ann Arbor, Michigan
888-312-7173 (Toll free)

Nicholas Roumel is a trial lawyer with over 30 years' experience. He has an excellent record in jury and bench trials, administrative hearings, arbitrations, and appeals.  His primary areas of practice are:

Employment and Civil Rights Law - Counsel and litigation in all areas of discrimination, retaliation, whistleblower, First Amendment, due process and wrongful discharge; contract review; non-competes; and severance packages. Nick is the chair of the Washtenaw County Bar Association Labor & Employment Section.

Labor Law - As a former union local president, Nick is well suited to provide representation to unions and their members in arbitration, unfair labor practice litigation, collective bargaining, and tenure cases.  He has represented numerous professional educators, providing representation and counsel to teacher unions at the K-12 and university levels.

Education Law - With his experience on the Ann Arbor School Board, and in working for University of Michigan Student Legal Services for 14 years, Nick is uniquely suited to vigorously defend the rights of students, from K-12 to higher education, in suspension, expulsion, restraint, seclusion, assault and sexual assault, and students' rights cases of all types.

Personal Injury and Civil Rights - Nick has successfully sued the perpetrators of sexual assault, other personal injuries on behalf of child and adult victims, including police misconduct and excessive force cases.

Criminal - Nick has successfully represented criminal defendants for over 20 years, including numerous high profile University of Michigan athletes, with an excellent record of obtaining favorable verdicts and dismissals. He is well prepared to assist in defending first offenders and college students, as well as with expungement petitions, employment applications, and all criminal record issues.

Other Areas - include receivership, entertainment law, contract review, fraud, qui tam.


When he is not practicing law, Nick enjoys family time, running, and cooking, and writes a regular food and restaurant and sports features for several publications. In particular, Nick has been recognized by the Legal News and Wayne Lawyer for his cooking.

Areas of Practice

  • Employment and Labor Law

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Michigan
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit
  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Pennsylvania


  • Wayne State University Law School, Detroit, Michigan
    • J.D. - 1984
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
    • B.A. - 1978

Published Works

  • "Immigration Consequences of Criminal Proceedings"
  • "Think Your Client's Protected By That H.Y.T.A. Plea" Think Again."
  • 'How-To? Adult Expungement Kit
  • 'How-To? Juvenile Expungement Kit
  • "Does An Employee Have A Retaliation Claim Based On Protected Activitiy Of A Third Party?"
  • "Michigan Public School Teachers Coping With Tenure Reform"
  • "Asking For Facebook And Other Social Media Passwords In A Job Application"
  • “When can Anonymous Internet Posters be Identified and Held Liable?”

Representative Cases

  • Mr. Roumel has won over 40 trials, including nearly 20 jury trials, with a high verdict of $550,000 (Abdullah v. UPS)
  • Hurtt v. ISI, 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, 2015
  • Gholston v. Wayne County Airport Authority, 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, 2014
  • Latowski v. Northwoods, 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, 2013
  • Hovanesian v. Nam, Michigan Court of Appeals, Michigan Court of Appeals, 1995
  • Grant v. Detroit Association of Women’s Clubs, Michigan Supreme Court, 1993
  • Clarke v. North Detroit General Hospital, Michigan Supreme Court, 1991

Honors and Awards

  • Michigan “Super Lawyer” in employment law (top 5% of practitioners), 2014 thru 2018

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Michigan Association for Justice, Labor and Employment Section
  • Washtenaw Association for Justice
  • Washtenaw County Bar Association, Chair, Labor and Employment Section
  • American Civil Liberties Union, Lawyer's Committee Co-Chair
  • Washtenaw County Bar Association , Former Member of Board of Directors
  • National Employment Law Assocation

Past Employment Positions

  • Attorney, Wayne County Neighborhood Legal Services, serving the indigent population of Detroit in a high-volume federally funded legal aid program, 1985 - 1989
  • Senior Attorney, University of Michigan's Student Legal Services, 1989 - 2003
  • Partner, Fett, Roumel, & Fields, 2003 - 2004
  • Private Practice, Law Office of Nicholas Roumel (& Associates), 1989 - 2010
  • Super Lawyers
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Distinguished TM AV - LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell PeerReview Rated For Ethical Standards And Legal Ability
  • Member|Employment Lawyer Network