Monica H. Beck
MANAGING LEGAL COUNSEL
Monica H. Beck is Managing Legal Counsel for The Fierberg National Law Group and oversees the attorneys and legal strategies employed by the firm. Ms. Beck has 20 years of civil litigation experience in federal and state courts across the nation and focuses her practice on representing young victims of sexual violence, abuse, assault, and harassment, making certain their rights are protected and achieving justice for victims and their families. Ms. Beck represents children in Michigan and across the country in Title IX claims and other lawsuits to ensure that perpetrators and institutions, like schools and churches, that fail to comply with their obligations to protect children are held accountable to the fullest extent of the law.
Ms. Beck also has extensive experience representing corporate clients in a variety of complex commercial litigation, including class action and antitrust matters. Currently, Ms. Beck serves as outside legal counsel for the International Titanium Association ("ITA").
Prior to joining The Fierberg National Law Group, Ms. Beck was an attorney in the antitrust group, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in New York, routinely ranked as one of the top law firms in the world. After nine years at Skadden, Ms. Beck then served as Deputy General Counsel at the Phoenix House Foundation, Inc., the nation's largest non-profit organization dedicated to substance abuse treatment and prevention.
- J.D., The University of Michigan Law School, cum laude
- Associate Editor of the Michigan Journal of Law Reform
- Bachelor of Arts in Economics, Northwestern University
- National Crime Victims Bar Association
- Member of the Board of Directors for the Women's Resource Center in Traverse City, Michigan
- Co-authored and edited chapter for Anti-Cartel Enforcement Worldwide treatise regarding the federal criminal prosecution of antitrust violations in the United States.
- Co-authored articles for the New York Law Journal regarding antitrust issues.
- Achieved seven-figure verdicts and settlements for clients; including a $1.8 Million verdict for a client in a Title IX case.
- Achieved settlements in which school districts have agreed to institute Title IX training and change their sexual harassment and assault policies to better recognize victims’ rights and school employees’ responsibilities.
- Conducted training on Title IX, the Clery Act, hazing, and school sexual violence for the Clery Center, National Center for Victims of Crime, State Attorneys General across the country, and other organizations.
Ms. Beck's Title IX expertise and cases have been featured on/in:
- Fox News
- WILX 10
- TV 9&10
- The Washington Post
- People Magazine
- The Detroit Free Press
- Lansing State Journal
- The Atlantic
- Skadden Alumni Spotlight
- The Athletic
- Various Other Media Outlets
Bar & Court Admissions:
- State of Michigan
- State of New York
- U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
- U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Michigan
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
- U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
"When I reached out for help, you stepped up and believed in my daughter (and me). Thank you for your support these last 4 years. I can never sufficiently explain how much you have meant to us. Your strength, kindness, and drive helped us to keep going when it was difficult. Thank you for being supportive, understanding, human, and available. Thank you for helping [my daughter] stand up for herself. Thank you for seeing in [my daughter] what was taken from her, and for fighting to get some of it back. Thank you for helping to make her bright again.
Please, express our gratitude to all those people that helped with the case. It takes a team."
"When my seven-year-old son was sexually assaulted about 20 times on school property by a classmate, I reported to the school what was happening. I also filed a police report, secured a restraining order, and filed a report with social services. The school not only refused to protect my son from the perpetrator, they wanted me to send him back to the same classroom so they could hire “extra eyeballs to observe and document their interactions,” essentially asking my traumatized son to act as bait so they could catch the student in the act.
Their combined actions and lack of actions further traumatized my son and absolutely violated Title IX law. He was forced to change schools six weeks before the end of the school year and subsequently developed PTSD. My husband and I incurred tens of thousands of dollars in expenses over the next 12 months related to therapists, doctors and time off from work.
I soon became aware of three other families in the same school district with eerily similar situations – one at the middle school level and two at the high school level. There was student-on-student sexual harassment or abuse, school administration was aware but refused to do anything to protect the victims or ameliorate their situations and the victims were being further traumatized. This obviously was a systemic problem that needed fixing, and after filing a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights, our family was offered mediation.
Typically, mediation functions only to remediate an individual student’s situation, but nothing less than a systemic fix was going to be satisfactory for me. Finding a law firm with the expertise needed to advise us in this type of case was nearly impossible because it’s a very specialized area of law. Local law firms with expertise in Title IX law refused to take our case because they deemed it not big enough to justify their time. Fortunately, Monica Beck and The Fierberg National Law Group not only became a lifeline for us during an exceptionally trying time in our lives, they were instrumental in achieving a spectacular outcome — all without a lawsuit.
The school district reimbursed us for a percentage of our documented out-of-pocket expenses, but more importantly, they agreed to train every principal in the school district and their bosses on how to respond appropriately to reports of sexual harassment and assault. They agreed to let Monica and me review the curriculum before they taught it, and I also got to meet with the district’s Title IX coordinator to impress upon him the importance of his role in keeping students safe.
After 12 long months of fighting this battle to prevent other families from going through the torture of our experience, I couldn’t be happier with the end result. Thank you, Monica!"