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Marissa W. Pollick

Of Counsel
1000 Jackson Street
Toledo, OH 43604


Sharon Bernthisel

Clients draw on Marissa’s more than three decades of diverse legal experience in all phases of litigation, negotiations, and alternative dispute resolution. She focuses her practice in labor and employment law, Title IX investigations and compliance, and civil rights litigation. Marissa has served as lead counsel in federal litigation involving civil rights and employment claims arising under Title IX, Title VII, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). She has also served as outside general counsel to manufacturers, suppliers, and contractors in connection with:

  • Commercial litigation
  • Contract review and administration
  • Employment matters
  • Risk management
  • General corporate law

Since 2008, Marissa has been retained as a consultant to schools and universities on Title IX compliance, athletic compliance reviews, sexual assault and abuse investigations, and gender equity training and education. As chair in Title IX Investigations, compliance, and litigation, Marissa provides strategic advice and counsel, audits, policy drafting and reviews, investigations, and investigation training for firm clients.

Since 2004, Marissa has continuously served on the faculty at the University of Michigan, where she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in sports law, race and gender discrimination in sport, and sport and public policy. As a student-athlete at Michigan, Marissa was a four-year letter winner in tennis and two-time varsity team captain. She was inducted in the Michigan Women’s Academic/Athletic Hall of Honor and, in 1999, was the first female elected president of the “M” Club, a national organization for graduate letter winners. In 2002, Marissa was the first female athlete inducted in the State of Michigan Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.

Professional and Community Affiliations

  • State Bar of Michigan Labor and Employment Section
  • Women Lawyers Association of Michigan
  • Washtenaw County Bar Association
  • Principal, Title IX Solutions, Ann Arbor, MI
  • Past-President/Executive Board of Directors:  University of Michigan Letterwinners “M” Club
  • Past-President/Executive Board of Directors:  Michigan Women’s Athletic Association
  • USTA-SEMTA Board of Directors, 2014 - Present
  • USTA League Grievance Appeals Chair, 2015 - Present
  • USTA Midwest Region Grievance Committee, 2010-2014
  • Past Member, University of Michigan Athletic Director Search Advisory Committee
  • Past Member, University of Michigan Associate Athletic Director/SWA Search Advisory Committee
  • Past Member, University of Michigan Varsity Tennis Center Leadership Gift Committee
  • Member, University of Michigan Alumni Association 
  • Board of Directors and Past-President:  Arbor Condominium Association
  • USTA League National Championships, Player/Team Captain:  2000, 2002, 2008, 2014, 2017
  • Graduate, Leadership Ann Arbor       

News Releases

Events and Presentations

August 2017Presenter, "Title IX Investigator Training," South Bend, Indiana
March 2017Presenter, "Title IX Training for Coaches and Administrators," Clarksville, Tennessee
March 2017Guest Lecturer, University of Michigan School of Education, "Title IX History and Compliance," Ann Arbor, Michigan
January 2017Panelist, "Empowerment of Women Through Physical Activity," University of Michigan Bicentennial Lectures, Ann Arbor, Michigan
June 2014Keynote Speaker, MHSAA Women’s Sports Banquet, Ann Arbor, Michigan
May 2012Panelist/Presenter: SHARP "Title IX at 40" Conference, Women’s Sports Foundation, University of Michigan
2010Presenter: 2010 MIAAA Annual Conference, Traverse City, Michigan, "Title IX for Athletic Directors"
2010Presenter: 2010 MHSAA Women in Sports Leadership Conference, Lansing, Michigan, "Title IX Compliance"
2010Program Coordinator, Sponsor, and Keynote Speaker: Michigan Sports Law Conference, Ann Arbor, Michigan, April 2010
2010Presenter: 2010 Michigan Sports Law Conference, Ann Arbor, Michigan, "Recent Developments in Title IX Litigation"
2009Presenter: AGELE National Conference, Los Angeles, California, 2009, "Title IX Litigation: Retaliation Claims"
2008Guest Lecturer: Madonna University, 2008, "Title IX: History and Legal Issues"
2004Presenter: MAHPERD Convention, Kalamazoo, Michigan, 2004, "Title IX: Recent Legal Developments"
2003Speaker/Panelist: University of Michigan, MLK Day Symposium, 2003, "Title IX: Panel Discussion"

Alternate biographies





  • J.D., University of Michigan Law School, 1981
  • B.A., with high distinction, History, University of Michigan, 1978

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Michigan, 1983
  • Illinois, 1981
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois