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Robert D. Kent-Bryant
Robert D. Kent-Bryant graduated from the University of Michigan, Cum Laude, in 1984. He attended the University of Michigan Law School, from which he graduated in 1987. Mr. Kent-Bryant was admitted into the Michigan Bar in 1987. He currently is a member of the Bar for the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit,as well as a member of the Bar for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, and the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan.
Mr. Kent-Bryant has practiced litigation for over 19 years. He specializes in the areas of employment law and personal injury law. In the area of employment law, Mr. Kent-Bryant has litigated cases involving age, race and sex discrimination, sexual harassment, and violation of the Family and Medical Leave Act. Mr. Kent-Bryant also has litigated personal injury cases ranging from auto accidents to product liability, auto accident and slip and fall cases.
Mr. Kent-Bryant was Second Chair to Glen N. Lenhoff in a celebrated weight discrimination trial that occurred in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, Steve Pasanski v Continental Rental. In the Pasanski trial, the Federal Court Jury found that Plaintiff Steve Pasanski was the victim of weight discrimination in violation of the Michigan Civil Rights Act. Unlike most states, weight discrimination is illegal in Michigan. The Pasanski Jury awarded $284,574 in damages, thus vindicating the protection against weight discrimination that is codified in Michigan law. Pasanski is one of the best known Michigan weight discrimination jury verdicts.
Mr. Kent-Bryant was Second Chair and rendered significant assistance in two celebrated 2011 trials. In Craig Hecht v National Heritage Academies, a white teacher (Craig Hecht) was discharged from his job at National Heritage Academies for supposedly making a racially inappropriate remark.
The Hecht case was tried in Genesee County Circuit Court before Judge Geoffrey Neithercut. The Jury awarded Mr. Hecht the sum of $535,000 in damages. Mr. Kent-Bryant’s incisive deposition work brought about several key admissions that were crucial in the Hecht trial.
Mr. Kent-Bryant also rendered valuable assistance as Second Chair in the trial of Michael Clum v Jackson National Life Insurance, Ingham County Circuit Court Case No. 10-000146-CL (Hon. Paula J. M. Manderfield).
In 2010, Mr. Kent-Bryant was Lead Trial Counsel in the case of William Reese v Michigan Department of Corrections, US District Court (E.D. Mich.) Case No. 08-10261 (Hon. Patrick J. Duggan). Reese was a reverse gender discrimination case in which a male Michigan prison guard suffered discrimination with respect to assignments. Mr. Kent-Bryant won a $50,000 Jury Verdict.
Mr. Kent-Bryant has played a significant role in the successful litigation of sex abuse cases during the past several years.