Bernard Fieger

Fieger Law was founded more than 70 years ago by Geoffrey Fieger’s father, Bernard Fieger, who set the stage for the firm’s continued commitment to civil rights.

The Beginning of Fieger Law

Bernard “Bernie” Fieger was born and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y. He attended Harvard Law School on the G.I. Bill, where he met his future wife, June.

Bernie and June got married in 1948 and moved to her hometown of Detroit, where they raised three children — Geoffrey, Doug (the late lead singer of “The Knack”) and Beth (now a TV writer in Los Angeles).

In 1950, Bernard partnered with attorney George Lee to establish Fieger & Lee in the Detroit’s Lawyer’s Building, the second interracial law firm in Michigan. The firm moved to the First National Bank building in downtown Detroit seven years later.

In 1964, Bernie and state Senator Roger Craig renovated a home on 10 Mile Road in Southfield to house the law offices of Craig & Fieger, where Fieger Law remains to this day, although the building has been greatly expanded.

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Geoffrey Fieger et al. sitting in a chair

Civil Rights Advocates

Over the years, Fieger & Craig included attorneys Joe Golden, Mark Cousens and Gail Boesky. Together, they battled conservative forces on behalf of teachers’ unions, post office employees and oil and chemical workers.

During the height of the civil rights movement, Bernie and Roger Craig joined the “Freedom Riders.” They frequently traveled to Mississippi, registering African-Americans to vote and trying cases pro bono. They helped defeat the crippling poll tax, a fee regularly waived for white voters but not blacks.

Meanwhile, June became a prominent activist in her own right, becoming the first female organizer for the Michigan Federation of Teachers in 1964 and leading the nation’s first teacher’s strike in Hamtramck.

In 1979, upon graduating from law school, Geoffrey Fieger joined his father’s firm and won $1 million in his very first trial. The father-son team worked side-by-side until Bernie’s retirement.

In 1988, Bernard Fieger passed away, but his name and spirit continue to drive the firm’s values to this day.

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    Vince Todorovski

    Nobody owns him. Nobody controls him. Fieger Law Always. Wins.

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    Erika L. | Southfield, MI

    Mr. Fieger is simply the BEST! He fights for your rights!

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    Charlie Langton, Fox 2 News

    Whether you like Geoff Fieger or not, it’s hard to argue his record as a trial lawyer. He knows how to win cases.

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    Attorney Gerry Spence

    The most brilliant lawyer in Michigan (and perhaps in America).

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