Michigan Lawyers Weekly has named O’Reilly Rancilio attorney Marc Kaszubski to its Leaders in the Law Class of 2020. Kaszubski is one of only 30 honorees selected for their outstanding leadership and contributions to the practice of law in Michigan. He has demonstrated tremendous leadership and offers a wealth of expertise in many areas of the law, according to the publication.
The City of Sterling Heights appointed Kaszubski City Attorney in May of 2016. In his role as city attorney, he provides City Council and City Administration with assistance on all legal matters involving the City. Kaszubski discerns the City’s needs and moves efficiently to provide essential information, recommendations, and direction. As an example, Kaszubski recently led a legal team that successfully defended the city in a federal court challenge involving the Open Meetings Act. The case, which garnered local and national media headlines, affirms a lower court determination that the mayor’s actions to remove disruptive council meeting attendees complied with constitutional and Open Meetings Act requirements.
In addition to his work with the City of Sterling Heights, the third-largest community in the state, Kaszubski works with business owners to minimize risk and litigate complex commercial and business disputes. He’s proud to be the trusted legal advisor to owners of large and small businesses, insurance companies, national banking institutions, and municipalities.
At O’Reilly Rancilio, Kaszubski is a shareholder and a member of the Board of Directors and serves as a mentor for the associates, law clerks, and staff at the firm. Kaszubski has achieved “Super Lawyer” status every year since 2013, and before that, he was named a “Rising Star” in 2011 and 2012. Also, he served as a past Civil Practice Committee Chair of the Macomb County Bar Association in 2015.
Kaszubski’s community service efforts are unique and far-reaching. He is on the Board of Trustees for the Sterling Heights Drug Free Coalition, where he leads by example.
As a result of his commitment, he received the first Community Partner Award in 2019 for his dedication and hard work in helping prevent drug use and abuse in local schools and communities. He is also the recipient of a Volunteer of the Year award in 2005 from the City of Troy for outstanding volunteer efforts with the North Woodward Community Foundation. In addition, he currently serves on the Host Committee for CARE of Southeast Michigan’s “CARE for a taste” fundraiser. The event provides funding for CARE’s vision of promoting a healthy community and strengthening resiliency in people and their communities through prevention, education, and services to improve quality of life.
As another example of Kaszubski’s commitment to his community, he helped launch local Red Ribbon Week and Black Balloon day campaigns in the City of Sterling Heights. These campaigns are part of a nationwide effort to raise awareness about alcohol, tobacco, and other drug abuse prevention. Red Ribbon Week and Black Balloon Day also shed light on opioid overdose deaths and help prevent drug overdose for all Americans, while reducing the stigma that is associated with addiction.
In addition, Kaszubski served as a guest speaker at the Macomb Community College Law Enforcement Education Program. There, he conducted mock depositions and assisted instructors in exposing future police officers to the law. He has also served as a past presenter at the Michigan Municipal League on “open carry” in the state. He also led public forums related to the complex Michigan marijuana legislation and its effects on business and municipal clients.
Kaszubski’s pro bono work includes preparing and developing the 501(c)(3) status of the Sterling Heights Drug Free Coalition. He continues to serve as its legal committee chair. Over the past 20 years, he served as a volunteer at the Troy Daze and SterlingFest community festivals.
A luncheon celebrating the Class of 2020 will be held April 9 at the Detroit Marriott Troy. The “Lawyer of the Year,” selected by a vote of the class, will be announced at the event. Find the complete list of “Leaders in the Law” 2020 at the Michigan Lawyers Weekly website.