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Municipal Law and School Law

Michigan Governmental Law Attorneys

For over 30 years, the Sterling Heights law firm of O'Reilly Rancilio P.C. has advised and represented municipal entities and school districts in the tri-county area of southeast Michigan and beyond. We advise on day-to-day matters as general counsel, serve as consultants on special legal issues, and provide defense counsel when the public body or its officials are sued.

Our lawyers serve as general counsel to the City of Sterling Heights, the Village of Armada, the Warren Consolidated Schools, and the Macomb County Charter Commission. We welcome inquiries from local government bodies and education districts in Macomb, Oakland, Wayne, Washtenaw, and surrounding counties.

  • School law — O'Reilly Rancilio advises and represents Michigan school districts in all aspects of education law and school administration, including school board policies, meetings and minutes, bonding and construction, referendums and elections, union contracts and employee matters, student discipline and privacy rights, special education lawsuits, and all matters under the board's purview.
  • Municipal law — Our Municipal Practice Group serves cities, townships, counties, and their boards and commissions. We routinely provide legal opinions, prepare ordinances, and provide counsel regarding ordinances and regulations, property owner assessments, planning and zoning matters, economic development, open meeting compliance, Freedom of Information Act requests, internal issues such as employment contracts and employee policies, and governance of police and fire departments.
  • Municipal and police defense — We have extensive experience in municipal litigation defense, and protecting governmental entities against lawsuits, including personal injury claims (premises liability), excessive force or civil rights abuses by law enforcement, tax tribunals, and employment litigation such as discrimination, disability accommodations, and wrongful termination. Our firm has set the standard for handling local ordinance prosecutions, securing release of liability agreements that have been upheld by state and federal courts for many years.
  • Specialized Municipal Concerns - Our attorneys also have unique expertise representing charter commissions, downtown development authorities, tax increment financing districts, corridor improvement authorities and cable commissions, and civil service commissions.

Our municipal law and school law attorneys are uniquely qualified and experienced to represent government entities and school districts.

Our Municipal Law and School Law Attorneys:

Clark A. Andrews

Jeffrey A. Bahorski

Donald P. DeNault, Jr.

John A. Nitz