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Nakisha N. Chaney

Senior Counsel    P: (248) 679.8711    E:   linkedin

From negotiating employment contracts to representing human trafficking survivors in civil litigation, Nakisha Chaney’s practice focuses on empowering individuals who desire to know, secure, and enforce their legal rights. Nakisha is an employment, civil and human rights litigator. Her clients range from highly-compensated professionals who want to negotiate an employment or separation agreement to vulnerable low-wage earners who seek recourse for labor exploitation and other workplace harms. Nakisha has represented clients in actions involving sex harassment and discrimination; race, age and disability discrimination; retaliation and whistleblowing; prison abuse; contract and noncompete negotiation and litigation; and human trafficking. Nakisha also counsels and represents college students, professors, and employees in disciplinary proceedings.

Nakisha’s cases have been featured in statewide and regional media coverage, including through outlets in Atlanta (GA), South Bend (IN), Ann Arbor, Detroit, Grand Rapids and Benton Harbor. In 2016, Nakisha was featured in Michigan Lawyers Weekly’s verdicts and settlements. Nakisha has been a featured speaker on issues of employment litigation, sexual harassment, and human trafficking for groups at the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, and Oberlin College, as well as for numerous organizations in Michigan, Ohio and New York. Nakisha is a member of the National Black Lawyers-Top 100, and she currently serves on the State Bar of Michigan’s District Character and Fitness Committee.

Prior to joining Salvatore Prescott & Porter, Nakisha was a Senior Attorney at NachtLaw P.C., where she practiced employment and civil rights litigation. She previously served as a commercial litigator at Dickinson Wright PLLC and clerked for two years at the Michigan Supreme Court.

Nakisha earned her BA from Oberlin College, Phi Beta Kappa and with high honors. She earned her JD from the University of Michigan Law School where she was a member of the Journal of Gender and Law.

Awards / Recognition

  • National Black Lawyers – Top 100


  • Board Member, Ozone House (2015-present)
  • Board Member, Sanctum House (present)
  • Board Member, Student Advocacy Center of Michigan (2015-present)
  • State Bar of Michigan District Character and Fitness Committee (2016-present)
  • Member, Adventurers Homeschool Co-op (2016-present)
  • Member, Amnesty International (2008-present)

Teaching / Speaking

Nakisha has spoken extensively on issues of employment litigation, sexual harassment, and human trafficking. She has conducted workplace training for employees in public and private employment on topics including sexual harassment and workplace rights. Nakisha also served as faculty at ICLE’s 38th Labor & Employment Law Institute, presenting on the topic of workplace bullying.

Bar Admissions

Nakisha is a member of the State Bar of Michigan. She is admitted to practice in the Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan, the 6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Words from our clients

I hired Nakisha after I was terminated as a graduate student for “failing” a clinical rotation that had undertones of discrimination. I had appealed the decision without success on my own and the University was ignoring any evidence of discrimination I presented. With Nakisha’s help, I finally had an expert on my side and had a seat at the bargaining table. She extremely knowledgeable about ADA practices…Her presence at the table was respected! She was able to negotiate my terms to repeat the clinical rotation with proper ADA accommodations. On March 10th, 2017 I passed my clinical rotation with flying colors! I finished my doctorate and I am on to a great career! I highly recommend hiring Nakisha for any school appeal process regarding ADA laws, without any reservations.