Dearborn city attorney receives 2016 Leaders in the Law award

DEARBORN – Dearborn Corporation Counsel Debra Walling was selected by Michigan Lawyers Weekly as one of its “Leaders in the Law” for 2016.

The “Leaders in the Law” are selected by a committee based on professional accomplishments or achievements in law practice, mentoring and community involvement, and leadership.

The 2016 honorees are 30 attorneys who are advancing the law, improving the legal profession and expanding access to justice in their communities.

“It is a tremendous honor and one that I share with the extraordinary attorneys and support staff in our Legal Department,” Walling said.

Michigan Lawyers Weekly honored its selections at a celebration luncheon March 17 at the Detroit Marriott Troy. The honorees were profiled in a special publication of Michigan Lawyers Weekly, also available online at

“This is an extraordinary achievement for Ms. Walling and certainly well deserved,” Mayor John O’Reilly Jr. said.

“This is a matter of pride within our community of city employees as well as the Dearborn community as a whole. With more than 25 years working with Ms. Walling on every kind of complex issue, I know first-hand, that she is an outstanding attorney.”