Legal Eagles

For the third year, DBusiness honors six young lawyers as nominated by our readers and their peers.


(page 1 of 6)

Ebony L. Duff

Shareholder | Garan Lucow Miller, Detroit 

Wayne State University Law School

Total Lawyers: 87 

Ebony L. Duff spent most of her childhood in Oak Park, where she gradually developed an interest in law and urban affairs. Little did she know she would one day represent the city as a municipal attorney for Garan Lucow Miller in Detroit.

“I grew up in Oak Park going to the parks, the schools, and generally discovering life in that little city,” Duff says. “To have the City of Oak Park as a client, and to be working in the community where my parents still live, has been a very sentimental experience.” 

Following graduation from the University of Michigan in 1997, Duff took a full-time position as a legal secretary for a law firm in metro Detroit. “Before I put all that time and money toward law school, I wanted to see what it was that lawyers did all day,” she says. “I started as a legal secretary, absolutely loved it, and never looked back.” 

Before and after graduating from Wayne State University Law School, Duff temped at several law firms in the region. She says she used the time to get to know judges, clerks, lawyers, and fellow staff members, so she could gain as much perspective regarding the practice of law as possible. That same year, Duff was assigned to Garan Lucow Miller’s municipal liability practice group. She’s been with the firm ever since. 

“I started temping at Garan Lucow Miller while studying for the bar exam,” Duff says. “Working with the firm has allowed me to work with different cities and municipalities, and that’s where I received my entry to municipal law.” 

Besides serving as the city attorney for Oak Park, Duff also serves as counsel for Detroit Entertainment LLC, specifically MotorCity Casino. However, she considers her role as general counsel for the Detroit Regional Convention Facility Authority, which operates Cobo Center in downtown Detroit, to be the crown jewel of her career.

“The coming together of the regional authority board is the best progression in regional cooperation I have witnessed in metro Detroit,” Duff says. “Seeing the different Detroit area counties come together gives me hope that the city is moving forward in the right direction. I always knew I wanted to do something great for the city and the metro Detroit area. It has been such an honor being a part of that group.”

Edit Module
Edit Module Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Related Articles

Digital Divide

Consumers may prefer to have the latest technology in their new vehicles, but all the added hardware and software can be confusing out on the road.

Stadium Wars

As Little Caesars Arena prepares to open in the fall, Ford Field is getting a $100-million renovation.

2015 Auto Dealership Consumer Guide

Tooling Under Pressure

A looming shortfall in capacity among tool and die shops could slow the introduction of new cars and trucks, pull down economic output, and further impact an already fragile relationship between OEMs and small parts-makers.

Cool and Wait

Until costs subside or production increases, additive manufacturing will remain a niche process.
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Most Popular

  1. Wayne State’s Graduate Supply Chain Program Ranked Among Top 25 in the Country
    Wayne State University’s graduate global supply chain management program is among the...
  2. The Corner Apartment and Retail Project at Old Tiger Stadium Site in Detroit to be Completed in February
    The former Tiger Stadium site in Detroit received the city’s first modular home drop today as...
  3. Wayne State University in Detroit Opens $2M Athletic Performance Center
    Wayne State University in Detroit has announced the opening of its updated Athletic Performance...
  4. Universal McCann Will Open Office in Downtown Detroit to Oversee Quicken Loans’ Media Planning and Buying
    Detroit-based Quicken Loans Inc. today announced a long-term agreement with Universal McCann (UM)...
  5. Condos in Detroit’s Historic Trumbull House Now Available
    Detroit’s Trumbull House, a home built in 1897 and located at 4304 Trumbull in the Woodbridge...
  6. Troy’s Kresge Foundation Donates $50M to Transform Detroit’s Marygrove College Campus Into Learning Center for Early Childhood Education Through Graduate Studies
    The Kresge Foundation in Troy today announced the donation of $50 million to the P-20...