• Wayne State University Law School, J.D. 1993
  • University of Michigan, B.A. 1990


  • The State of Michigan – 1993
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.



Dora A. Brantley

Dora A. Brantley is an experienced litigation and trial attorney.  She is a shareholder and the personnel director at Rutledge, Manion, Rabaut, Terry & Thomas, P.C., established in 1986.

Among other matters, Ms. Brantley has successfully defended, as lead counsel, professional liability claims (medical/dental, construction, insurance and real estate), and claims brought against restaurants, manufacturers, transportation carriers, automobile drivers, employers, landlords, and governmental entities.  She has been engaged by insurance carriers to resolve insurance coverage disputes.  And she has tried, to verdict, cases involving catastrophic injuries, including death.  Ms. Brantley enjoys the privilege of being the only attorney who has been selected by two Fortune 500 fast food service corporations to defend liability claims and litigation involving a variety of issues that have been brought against the corporations in Michigan.  She is also one of only two attorneys who have been selected by a Fortune 500 hospitality company to defend liability claims and litigation involving a variety of issues that have been brought against the corporation in Michigan.

Ms. Brantley is a member of the prestigious Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC), an international organization with less than 1200 attorney members, all of whom have demonstrated their leadership in the legal community. Election to the FDCC is by the Board of Directors upon recommendation of an Admissions Committee charged with making an exhaustive investigation into the qualifications of nominees to ensure that they have distinguished themselves professionally.  Ms. Brantley currently holds the position of Representative for the State of Michigan with the FDCC.

Ms. Brantley is also a member of the Michigan Bar Association, the National Bar Association and the Association of Defense Trial Counsel. She is a former member of the Michigan Defense Trial Counsel where she served as both a board member and the General Liability Section Chair.

In 2006, to complement her professional liability practice in the defense of real estate salespersons and appraisers, Ms. Brantley completed course work and was licensed as a real estate salesperson in the State of Michigan.

From 2007 until 2014, Ms. Brantley served on the Board of Directors of LIFT Women’s Resource Center (Detroit), an organization established to assist women struggling with various social issues, including domestic violence and substance abuse.

In 2009, Ms. Brantley was recognized by The Michigan Chronicle as a Woman of Excellence, an award given annually to 50 women in Metropolitan Detroit to celebrate their achievements, character, manner and style.

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