Serving Southeast Michigan For Over 30 Years.

Municipal Litigation and Defense

In addition to representing and defending police officers and police agencies, our municipal litigation attorneys also extensive experience prosecuting municipal concerns, such as nuisance abatement and code enforcement actions. We also defend against every type of municipal litigation claim, including personal injury and premises liability claims, tax tribunal matters, employment litigation, civil rights claims, zoning claims and appeals, and other issues that a municipality may need to defend against at any given time.

Over the years, our Michigan law firm has established important case law for municipalities in numerous appellate and federal opinions, including:

  • Municipalities are not responsible for defects in driveway aprons
  • Release of liability clauses in criminal court plea agreements are enforceable
  • Municipal zoning regulations enjoy a presumption of validity
  • The natural accumulation of snow and ice on a sidewalk does not create municipal liability

More recent results in both federal and state courts include the summary dismissal of wrongful prosecution claims, trip-and-fall claims, exclusionary zoning claims, automobile negligence claims, and more. Our attorneys have successfully defended municipal interests before local circuit courts, the federal District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, the Michigan Court of Appeals, and the federal 6th Circuit Court of Appeals.

In the area of zoning and land use regulation, our attorneys have obtained favorable decisions for our municipal clients in a variety of areas, including the propriety of zoning board decisions on appeal, the constitutionality of zoning ordinance provisions, and wireless communication tower issues. Similarly, we have successfully pursued injunctive relief and abatement orders in cases involving nuisances, zoning violations, code violations, and related municipal concerns.

In 2010, we represented the Wayne County Circuit Court in its complex funding trial against the county. In recent years, we have also litigated, in circuit court and on appeal, important issues relating to the powers and duties of various county offices and officials, and we have pursued claims on behalf of, and defended claims against, our school district clients.

The combined experience of the firm's attorneys in pursuing and defending municipal claims is varied, distinguished, and unmatched. Our firm is uniquely qualified to successfully handle any and all municipal litigation throughout the state of Michigan.



Our municipal litigation and defense attorneys are:


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