About O'Reilly Rancilio

Since the mid-1980s, the law firm of O'Reilly Rancilio has provided cost-effective legal counsel and litigation services in southeast Michigan and statewide. We have built a reputation as the go-to law firm for complex matters for large regional and national clients who rely on our firm for qualified local counsel.

The firm has a diversified general practice, with a strong focus on the areas of banking (loan documentation and workouts), business transactions, creditors' rights, commercial litigation, municipal law and school law. Our clients include regional and community banks and finance companies, closely held and publicly held businesses, local government entities and school districts. We provide estate planning, probate and real estate services to business owners and other individuals.

With offices in Macomb County, our firm concentrates its services on Detroit’s east side and throughout the metro Detroit area, including Wayne County and Oakland County. For many matters, our practice covers the entire State of Michigan.

Our History — A Foundation of Excellence

The firm was founded in 1984 by Paul J. O'Reilly, Kenneth L. Rancilio and John A. Nitz. Paul O'Reilly (1940-2003) was one of the State of Michigan's leading municipal lawyers and represented the city of Sterling Heights from its formation in 1968 until his retirement. In addition, he maintained an active civil litigation practice. Ken Rancilio (1939-1998) was also an active civil trial lawyer who represented numerous individuals and institutions throughout the State of Michigan. John Nitz is a leading business and estate planning attorney who remains in active practice and continues to serve as a director and officer of the firm.

Our Approach — Undivided, Cost-Effective Attention

With an experienced and dedicated support staff, we have evolved into a right-sized law firm that applies technology and modern methods to deliver the cost-containing solutions critical in today's challenging economic conditions. While our accomplished lawyers have the in-depth experience and courtroom skills to match the large Detroit firms, our cost structure is substantially lower through judicious use of associates, as well as the use of legal assistants for those tasks not requiring an attorney. Our firm eliminates layers — our senior attorneys are not only accessible, but also directly involved in every client matter.

Our firm takes great pride in the professionalism, dedication and enthusiasm of its attorneys. The members of our firm have a solid reputation with judges, business leaders and elected officials in Macomb County and statewide. Many members of the firm have represented municipalities of southeast Michigan, businesses and individuals for decades. Our attorneys and staff are actively involved in various professional organizations, including committees of the national, state and local bar associations. Concerned about their community, members of the firm have also allocated time to service clubs, school foundations, chambers of commerce, Kiwanis, Rotary groups, and other personal and professional volunteer activities.

We recognize that the practice of law is a personal service business, even in commercial litigation or in representing large institutional clients. At O'Reilly Rancilio, clients can expect our undivided attention to their legal matter and a commitment to competence, timeliness, consideration and economy.