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Michigan Municipal Law
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Gerald A. Fisher
WMU Cooley Law School, Clarkston

Gerald A. Fisher is professor emeritus of law at Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School, where he taught courses on property, constitutional law, zoning and land use law, and state and local government law until his retirement from full-time teaching in 2018. Before joining the law school, he served as general counsel for cities, villages, and townships in...
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Clyde J. Robinson
City of Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo

Clyde J. Robinson, city attorney for Kalamazoo, has spent his entire legal career practicing municipal law. Mr. Robinson worked for the city of Battle Creek from 1980 to 2008, first as an assistant city attorney, concentrating on ordinance prosecution, then as deputy city attorney, leading civil litigation responsibilities in state and federal trial and appellate courts, and finally as Battle...
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Kelly A. Allen
Adkison Need Allen & Rentrop PLLC, Bloomfield Hills

A partner in the firm, Kelly A. Allen specializes in all facets of liquor licensing, including business formation, lease and land purchase negotiations, liquor license acquisition and transfers, and violations. She represents clients in complex and challenging situations before many municipalities and the Michigan Liquor Control Commission. Ms. Allen is a past president of the Oakland County Bar Association and...
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Derk W. Beckerleg
Secrest Wardle PC, Troy

Derk W. Beckerleg is an executive partner with the firm and has specialized in municipal law for over 34 years, representing numerous Michigan municipalities in such matters as property tax appeals, zoning, and condemnation, as well as the drafting of ordinances, resolutions, and contracts. Currently, he represents the cities of Auburn Hills and Bloomfield Hills as their city attorney and...
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George B. Davis
Davis & Davis Law Offices PLC, Grand Rapids

George B. Davis is a partner at his firm. He specializes in municipal and environmental law matters on behalf of public clients throughout the state, with particular emphasis on matters regarding the Clean Water Act, permits under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System, industrial pretreatment programs, stormwater regulations, and wetlands. Mr. Davis’s statewide recognized expertise includes the review and drafting...
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Scott R. Eldridge
Miller Canfield PLC, Lansing

Scott R. Eldridge focuses his practice on management-side labor and employment law, governmental litigation, and commercial litigation. He represents colleges and universities, municipalities, nonprofits, public bodies, government contractors, and commercial enterprises in state court, federal court, and administrative tribunals, as well as in the Michigan appellate courts. Mr. Eldridge is a member of the Labor and Employment Law Section of...
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George M. Elworth
Assistant Attorney General, Lansing

George M. Elworth works on legal issues at the intersection of state and local government. As a member of the attorney general's staff in the State Operations Division, he reviews proposed city and village charters, charter amendments, and the ballot language for such proposals. He has been an assistant attorney general since 1974, following four years as an associate at...
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William K. Fahey
Fahey Schultz Burzych Rhodes PLC, Okemos

William K. Fahey works with Michigan's largest public utilities and more than 150 local governments across Michigan, concentrating in complex appeals, public projects, intergovernmental cooperation, and zoning and planning. He regularly teaches statewide seminars addressing state and local government legal issues and has served as an adjunct professor at the Western Michigan University Cooley Law School. Mr. Fahey writes and...
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Thomas H. Fancher
Saginaw

Thomas H. Fancher was city attorney for Saginaw, Michigan, from 1996 to 2011. In 2011 he left and began his own municipal law consulting practice. Mr. Fancher is active in the Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys and has been a speaker at several of its events. He is the president of Legal Services of Eastern Michigan and has been a...
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Ann D. Fillingham
Dykema, Lansing

Ann D. Fillingham's principal areas of practice include public and structured finance, infrastructure finance, and transactional work for financial institutions. She has served as bond counsel and underwriter's counsel on many county, municipal, school, and local authority bond issues and many conduit transactions for acute care and continuing care facilities and economic development projects. Ms. Fillingham also works extensively with...
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Michael E. Fisher
Chief Assistant City Attorney, Livonia

As chief assistant city attorney for the city of Livonia, Michael E. Fisher was co-lead counsel for the three dozen or so municipalities who were defendants in "Bull Transport et al v Wayne County," a class action brought by the trucking industry to thwart municipal enforcement of truck weight limits. He also appeared on Livonia's behalf in "Lott v City...
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Gary W. Francis
General Dynamics Land Systems, Sterling Heights

Gary W. Francis is associate general counsel for employment and labor law. He provides counsel to the corporation on all employee relations matters to ensure compliance with all employment and labor laws, including Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, and the Employee...
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Lisa J. Hamameh
Rosati Schultz Joppich & Amtsbuechler PC, Farmington Hills

Lisa J. Hamameh is a shareholder with her firm, where she practices primarily public entity law, zoning and land use, liquor licensing law, and condominium and homeowners' association law. She provides general legal counsel to the firm’s private and public entity clients, as well as handling trials and appeals. Ms. Hamameh is a member of the State Bar of Michigan's...
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Steven P. Joppich
Rosati Schultz Joppich & Amtsbuechler PC, Farmington Hills

Steven P. Joppich is a shareholder of the firm and currently serves as city attorney for the city of Farmington Hills and as township attorney for Independence Township. He also serves as general counsel to the Oakland Township Parks and Recreation Commission and assists in providing general counsel representation to the cities of Novi and Farmington. He also serves as...
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Ronald C. Liscombe
Miller Canfield PLC, Detroit

Ronald C. Liscombe assists public sector clients with a range of issues, including public finance and governance matters. He has deep knowledge of state and local government, having worked in a variety of policy and program management roles before joining the firm. Mr. Liscombe is able to counsel and provide direction to public entities to develop innovative and effective strategies...
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Jason C. Long
Steinhardt Pesick & Cohen PC, Birmingham

Jason C. Long is a shareholder with the firm. He represents clients confronting property tax issues and has dealt with issues including principal residence exemptions; transfers of ownership; valuation; exemptions for religious, charitable, agricultural, and other uses; taxation of governmental property; errors in billing; tax foreclosure; incentives and cancellation of incentives; and many others. Mr. Long has represented...
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Steven D. Mann
Miller Canfield PLC, Detroit

Steven D. Mann focuses his practice on serving the needs of public agencies. He serves as bond counsel, helping clients understand the options available for financing public improvements such as water and sewer projects, building and facilities improvements, street and drainage improvements, and economic development initiatives. Mr. Mann specializes in all facets of tax increment financing, election law, the preparation...
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Michael P. McGee
Miller Canfield PLC, Detroit

Michael P. McGee has served as bond counsel and underwriters' counsel for hundreds of transactions in various areas including economic development, transit, and transportation. In addition, he has negotiated complex intergovernmental agreements for a wide variety of clients, including a major economic development project for the southeast Michigan region and related legislation. Over the past 25 years, Mr. McGee has...
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Patrick F. McGow
Miller Canfield PLC, Detroit

Patrick F. McGow focuses his practice on municipal law, advising cities, counties, townships, villages, and authorities on a broad range of infrastructure financing and related legal matters. In addition to serving as bond counsel in financing transactions, he advises his clients on special assessments, elections, millage and ballot proposals, state and federal tax issues, and other finance matters. Mr. McGow...
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Stanley C. Moore III
Troy

Stanley C. Moore III practiced in the area of labor and employment law, representing management. He is a member of the Oakland County Bar Association (former chair of Employment and Labor Law Committee), the Cowboy Lawyers Association, and the Labor and Employment Law Sections of both the State Bar of Michigan (former council member) and the American Bar Association. Mr....
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Andrew J. Mulder
Cunningham Dalman PC, Holland

In private practice, Andrew J. Mulder has practiced municipal law on behalf of the city of Holland and other public entity clients since 1976. Mr. Mulder's municipal practice covers all areas of municipal work, including ordinance prosecution, contract drafting, ordinance drafting, tax appeals, zoning litigation, and condemnation litigation. He has extensive annexation and detachment experience and municipal incorporation expertise. In...
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Jerome P. Pesick
Steinhardt Pesick & Cohen PC, Birmingham

Jerome Pesick is the managing shareholder of his firm. His practice areas include eminent domain, condemnation, land use, and property taxation. During his more than 35 years in practice, Mr. Pesick has successfully tried and settled hundreds of condemnation cases throughout Michigan. He has also regularly represented clients in major property tax appeal cases involving all types of business properties...
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Carol A. Rosati
Rosati Schultz Joppich & Amtsbuechler PC, Farmington Hills

Carol A. Rosati, the managing shareholder of the firm, practices in the areas of municipal law and zoning and land use litigation. She is a past chair of the State Bar of Michigan's Government Law Section (formerly the Public Corporation Law Section), where she has served as a council member since 1990. Ms. Rosati was the recipient of the 2006...
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Thomas R. Schultz
Rosati Schultz Joppich & Amtsbuechler PC, Farmington Hills

Thomas R. Schultz has practiced in the area of municipal law for 20 years, providing general and special counsel legal services to local governmental agencies. In this capacity, he renders advice on a wide variety of matters, including ordinance drafting, compliance with Open Meetings Act and Freedom of Information Act requirements, property taxation and special assessments, and the acquisition of...
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Jeffrey V. H. Sluggett
Bloom Sluggett PC, Grand Rapids

Jeffrey V. H. Sluggett devotes his practice entirely to municipal law. He currently serves as city attorney for Coopersville, Kentwood, Saugatuck, and Walker; as township attorney for Alpine, Martin, North Plains, Thornapple, and Wright Townships; and as village attorney for the villages of Howard City, Lakeview, Nashville, Pierson, and Sand Lake. A significant portion of his practice involves advising municipalities...
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James E. Tamm
O'Connor Degrazia Tamm & O'Connor PC, Bloomfield Hills

James E. Tamm has represented municipalities throughout the state of Michigan in the areas of municipal law, land use planning, and civil rights. An active member and past chair of the Government Law Section of the State Bar of Association, he has frequently been a speaker on behalf of the Michigan Municipal League and the Michigan Township Association. Mr. Tamm...
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Christopher M. Trebilcock
Clark Hill PLC, Detroit

Christopher M. Trebilcock, deputy leader of the firm's Labor and Employment Group, represents clients in federal and state employment and labor litigation, including oral arguments before the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Michigan Court of Appeals. He also manages arbitrations and administrative proceedings at the state and federal level, conducts collective bargaining negotiations, and advises clients on...
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Wendy R. Underwood
Dickinson Wright PLLC, Troy

Wendy R. Underwood practices in the areas of banking and financial services, public corporation and municipal law and finance, and schools and education matters. She has served as bond counsel or underwriter's counsel on many county, municipal, school, and local authority bond issues. Ms. Underwood is a member of the State Bar of Michigan and the National Association of Bond...
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Eric D. Williams
Eric D Williams Attorney at Law, Big Rapids

In addition to his private law practice, Eric D. Williams is the city attorney for Big Rapids, Michigan, and general counsel for Morton Township and the villages of Marion, Luther, Leroy, Tustin, and Morley. He has prosecuted municipal cases involving misdemeanors and civil infractions for over 29 years, with 4 years as the assistant prosecutor of Mecosta County and over...
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