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Brett M. Gelbord

Brett M. Gelbord


Detroit, MI
Phone: 248.359.7326    Fax: 248.359.7700

Brett M. Gelbord is an associate with Pepper Hamilton LLP, resident in the Detroit office. Mr. Gelbord concentrates his practice in trial and dispute resolution and has represented clients in all manners of breach of contract actions, including disputes arising out of asset purchase agreements, manufacturing and supply agreements, intellectual property licensing agreements, and commercial finance and retail banking agreements. Mr. Gelbord also litigates complex real property disputes in state and federal court. Additionally, Mr. Gelbord represents employers in matters before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the National Labor Relations Board, the Department of Labor and in federal district courts.

Mr. Gelbord’s litigation practice extends to international trade disputes, where he has participated in parallel anti-dumping and countervailing duty proceedings before the Department of Commerce and the International Trade Commission.

Mr. Gelbord has also co-first chaired a federal civil rights jury trial, represented minority shareholders in a non-profit governance dispute, and represented the American College of Tax Counsel as amicus curiae on a motion to dismiss a complex tax controversy.

Prior to joining Pepper Hamilton, Mr. Gelbord was a law clerk for Hon. Nancy G. Edmunds, U.S. District Court Judge for the Eastern District of Michigan in Detroit.


  • J.D., University of Michigan Law School, 2009, helped to found the Michigan Immigration and Labor Law Association; student attorney, Michigan Law School Child Advocacy Law Clinic
  • B.A., English and Anthropology, high honors, Queens College, City University of New York, 2003

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan
  • New York

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit


  • Hon. Nancy G. Edmunds: U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, Detroit, MI

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