Municipal

Our Municipal Law Practice Group is one of the largest in the state. Our attorneys serve as both general counsel and special counsel for cities, villages, townships, and other local governmental agencies throughout the southeast Michigan region and beyond. We provide a full range of day-to-day advice to our clients on issues like ordinance drafting and enforcement; contract procurement, negotiation, and administration; Open Meetings Act and FOIA compliance; special assessment procedures; intergovernmental agreements; and regulatory permits and approvals. We regularly attend council, board, and commission meetings and public hearings. We appear in court to defend their actions and enforce their regulatory authority. Widely recognized as a leader in the field, we have often been selected to prepare "friend of the court" appellate briefs for groups like the Michigan Municipal League, the Michigan Townships Association, and the Public Corporation Section of the State Bar of Michigan on significant public law issues.



Group Members
Beckerleg, Derk W.
Executive Partner

Scott, Margaret A.
Executive Partner

Hill, Jennifer C.
Partner

Pavlock, Craig O.
Partner

Pollard, Dennis R.
Partner

Roberts, Mark S.
Partner

Salhaney, Michael P.
Partner

Schlinker, John C
Partner

Vanerian, Vahan C.
Partner

Green, Nancy Cooper
Of Counsel

Recent Publications
Traffic Safety - The driving factor behind interpreting the Michigan Vehicle Code
Community Watch 06/01/2017

The Court of Appeals Provides Guidance for Utilizing Emails Under the Open Meetings Act
Community Watch 11/28/2016

High Speed Police Chases and Qualified Immunity Protection
Community Watch 09/28/2016

Secrest Wardle Attorneys Attend Waterford State of the Township Breakfast
Press Release 02/22/2016

An Owner of a Condominium Unit Cannot Invoke the Landlord-Tenant Act
Boundaries 10/28/2015

Litigation Successes
Property Tax Exemption
Trinity Health-Warde Lab v. Pittsfield Charter Township
Result Date: 11/03/2016

Municipal
City of Huntington Woods and City of Pleasant Ridge v. City of Oak Park and 45th District Court
Result Date: 07/23/2015

Property Tax Assessment
Pontiac Country Club, et al v Township of Waterford
Result Date: 08/17/2011

Property Tax Exemption
Miss Dig System, Inc. v City of Auburn Hills
Result Date: 02/25/2011

Municipal
Maple BPA, Inc. v Charter Township of Bloomfield
Result Date: 02/16/2011



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