Angela Walker

Angela Walker

Founding Partner

Angela Walker is a co-founder of Blanchard & Walker. She focuses her employment law and civil rights practice on helping her clients assert their rights, protect their careers, and maximize their financial potential.

Angela’s employment law practice includes representing executives and physicians during contract negotiations and job transitions. She has experience negotiating multimillion-dollar contract deals for C-Suite professionals. She takes strategic legal action to protect her clients’ careers in high-stakes situations. She regularly handles complex severance negotiations, and she is skilled at helping clients navigate sensitive issues.

Angela has been a strong advocate for women in Michigan’s workforce throughout her career. Her practice includes protecting women’s rights in cases involving sex discrimination, pay discrimination, pregnancy discrimination, and sexual harassment. For the past two decades, she has been active in organizations such as the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan (WLAM), where she served on the board and as chair of its Gender Equity Committee. She is a past president of WLAM’s Washtenaw chapter. She is also a recipient of the Mary Foster Award which is bestowed annually to a member whose leadership, talent, and significant contributions to women provide a role model for women in the legal profession and women in general.

Angela is active in the disability community and she represents people with disabilities in legal disputes involving ADA accommodations, FMLA leave, and employee benefits matters. She helps clients enforce their rights under discrimination laws, including employees with chronic conditions such as cancer, diabetes, and Parkinson’s disease. Outside of her legal practice, she is in her second year as board chair for the Cancer Support Community of Greater Ann Arbor, a local non-profit dedicated to providing emotional support and education to people with cancer.

A leader among her peers, Angela is a frequent presenter on employment law topics for the State Bar of Michigan’s Employment Law Section and the Institute of Continuing Legal Education. She has been named to the Michigan “Super Lawyers” list, a rating service of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement, for close to ten years running (2013-2022).

Education

Angela received her law degree from the University of Michigan Law School in 2004. Before attending law school, Angela worked for the State Bar of Michigan’s Open Justice Commission, where she assisted in coordinating a statewide pro-bono project for domestic violence victims. While in law school, she interned at the Maya Angelou Public Charter School, the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia, and Legal Services of South Central Michigan.

Professional Associations & Memberships
  • Cancer Support Community of Greater Ann Arbor: board chair (2021-present), board member (2015-present)
  • Washtenaw County Trial Court Case Evaluation Committee (2019-2021)
  • Women Lawyers Association of Michigan: Director at Large for statewide board (2018-2020), Chair of Gender Equity Committee (2018-2020), Regional Representative for statewide board (2016-2018), President of Washtenaw Region (2011), and Board Member of Washtenaw Region (2006-2011)
  • National Employment Lawyers Association
  • National Association of Women Lawyers
  • Michigan Association for Justice
  • Women’s Exchange of Washtenaw

Honors & Awards

  • Recipient of 2016 Mary Foster Award from Washtenaw County Women Lawyer’s Association
    • Bestowed annually to a Washtenaw County Women Lawyer’s Association member whose leadership, talent, and significant contributions to women provide a role model for women in the legal profession and women in general
  • Super Lawyers (2013-Present):
    • Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.

Publications

  • Employment Litigation in Michigan, Institute of Continuing Legal Education (2015); co-author of FMLA chapter
  • How-To Kit: Appealing a Denial of Unemployment Insurance Benefits (2010); co-author
  • Legal Protections for Nursing Mothers, Washtenaw County Legal News (2010); article author

Speaking Engagements

  • Washtenaw County Bar Association, “Disability Across Disciplines” panel discussion (2016)
  • Guest Lecturer, U-M Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Residency Program, “Cancer Patients in
  • the Workplace” (2016)
  • CORT Employment Law Training, “Discrimination and Employment: The Family Medical Leave
  • Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act” (2016)
  • LAPC Legal Seminar Series, “Employment Law for Cancer Patients” (2015)
  • GSHRM Speaker Series, “Sex, Drugs, and Social Media: How Far Can Employers Go to Regulate
  • Off-Site Behavior?” (2014)
  • Brain Injury Association of Michigan Legal Conference, “Protecting Patients in the Workplace,
  • and Avoiding Pitfalls in the Medical Certification Process” (2013)
  • Workshop presenter, Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living, “The ADA: What Your Business
  • Needs to Know” (2013)
  • Women’s Exchange of Washtenaw, Now We’re Talking Forum, “Navigating Difficult
  • Conversations with Employees, Vendors, and Customers” (2011)
  • University of Michigan Cancer Center, Facing Forward Conference, “Returning to Work After
  • Cancer Treatment” (2008)
  • Institute of Continuing Legal Education, Seminar on “Drafting an Employee Handbook” (2008)