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Paulina Kennedy

Sommers Schwartz - Southfield
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Paulina Kennedy
Sommers Schwartz - Southfield

Paulina represents firm clients who have been wronged by their employers. She supports litigation involving a variety of substantive state and federal court employment law claims, ranging from wage and hour disputes to sexual harassment, discrimination, whistleblowing and retaliation, and Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) violations.

Paulina never takes for granted that clients trust her to tell them the truth about their case and position, as well as what to expect in seeking to realize the justice they deserve and to which they are entitled. A caring and generous people person at heart, it is no surprise Paulina practices plaintiff-side employment law advocacy – defending the rights of individuals who have been unfairly treated in the workplace.

Valued for being organized and competitive – coupled with her steadfast drive to win both inside and outside of court – Paulina is a diligent legal researcher, proficient writer, and considerate litigator who derives tremendous job satisfaction proving her value to clients and colleagues alike in everything she does. Notably, Paulina brings particular know-how in working with experts and other witnesses to prove her client’s case and prepare the firm’s legal team for whatever lies ahead.

During law school, Paulina worked in Judge David M. Lawson’s chambers and in the Federal Pro Se Legal Assistance Clinic in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. This experience gave her an insider’s point of view as to how the court functions and makes decisions. Paulina also previously worked for firms focusing on municipal law and drug and medical device litigation, where she gained a wide breadth of experience representing a variety of clients in state and federal court litigation.

Outside of the office, Paulina is all about spending time with family. An enthusiastic foodie, Paulina can be spotted exploring the Detroit restaurant scene. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Paulina maintained a small business baking and delivering pies out of her home – an activity that still brings her joy today. 


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

Areas of Practice

Employment Law


  • Women Lawyers Association of Michigan – Vice President, Wayne Region
  • American Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association of Michigan
  • Michigan Association for Justice 
  • Detroit Bar Association
  • Order of the Barristers

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