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Dora A. Brantley

T 248.785.4697
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An experienced litigation and trial attorney, as lead counsel, Dora Brantley has successfully defended professional liability claims and claims brought against:

  • Restaurants and hospitality companies
  • Manufacturers, transportation carriers and drivers
  • Employers
  • Landlords and homeowners
  • Small business owners and,
  • Governmental entities and their employees.

She is often engaged by employers to investigate and provide direction regarding claims of discrimination and harassment, as well as insurance carriers to resolve coverage disputes. She serves as one of only a few Michigan panel counsel for a leading conglomerate of insurance companies. Those claims and litigation encompass, but are not limited to, automobile negligence (first and third party), single and multi-family residential fire losses, construction and toxic torts. She has tried, to verdict, cases involving catastrophic injuries, including death.

Dora enjoys the honor of being the only attorney who has been selected by two Fortune 500 fast food corporations to defend claims and litigation involving a variety of issues, including tort liability and alleged civil rights violations, that have been brought against the corporations in Michigan. She is also one of only two attorneys who have been selected by a Fortune 500 hospitality corporation to defend tort and civil rights claims and litigation that have been brought against the corporation in Michigan. 

To complement her professional liability practice in the defense of real estate salespersons and appraisers, Dora completed course work and is licensed as a real estate salesperson in the State of Michigan.

Dora is a member of the prestigious Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC), an international organization with less than 1200 attorney members, all who have demonstrated their leadership in the legal community. Election to the FDCC is by the Board of Directors upon recommendation of an Admissions Committee charged with making an exhaustive investigation into the qualifications of nominees to ensure that they have distinguished themselves professionally. She also formerly held the position of Representative for the State of Michigan with the FDCC.

Dora previously served on the Board of Directors for Ronald McDonald House Charities in Detroit. She also served on the Board of Directors of LIFT Women’s Resource Center (Detroit), an organization established to assist women struggling with various social issues, including domestic violence and substance abuse.

Honors & Recognitions

Michigan Defense Trial Counsel, "Excellence in Defense" Award, 2024

Michigan Lawyer’s Weekly, “Women in the Law”, 2016

The Michigan Chronicle, “Woman of Excellence”, 2009


Memberships & Affiliations

Legal Affiliations:

  • State Bar of Michigan
    • Negligence Law Section Council, Member
  • Association of Defense Trial Counsel
    • Member
  • Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC)
    • Member
  • Michigan Defense Trial Counsel
    • Former Member, General Liability Section Chair

Community Affiliations:

  • Ronald McDonald House Charities, Detroit
    • Board of Directors, 2017 - 2019
  • LIFT Women’s Resource Center (Detroit)
    • Board of Directors, 2007 - 2014



News & Events

Speaking Engagements



2nd Wednesday Lunch Break

Changed Premises Liability Laws Pose Real Threat to Business & Property Owners
Changed Premises Liability Laws Pose Real Threat to Business & Property Owners


Wayne State University Law School, J.D., 1993

University of Michigan, B.A., 1990

Bar and Court Admissions


U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan

U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals