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 Chair
  Beckerleg, Derk W.
Executive Partner

Group Members
Scott, Margaret A.
Executive Partner

Hill, Jennifer C.

Pollard, Dennis R.

Roberts, Mark S.

Salhaney, Michael P.

Schlinker, John C

Vanerian, Vahan C.

Green, Nancy Cooper
Of Counsel

Recent Publications
Six Secrest Wardle Attorneys Have Been Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2019
In The News 08/16/2018

Sheriff is safe! Governmental immunity applied to Sheriff who assisted in restitution deal in lieu of pursuing criminal charges
Community Watch 05/29/2018

Four Secrest Wardle Attorneys Named to dbusiness “2018 Top Lawyers in Metro Detroit
In The News 11/14/2017

Secrest Wardle Executive Partner, Derk W. Beckerleg, Accepts Distinguished Municipal Attorney Award at Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys (MAMA) Award Ceremony
In The News 09/29/2017

Secrest Wardle Executive Partner, Derk W. Beckerleg, Receives MAMA Distinguished Municipal Attorney Award
In The News 08/10/2017

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

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

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

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Eminent Domain/Condemnation
Prosecutions and Code Enforcement
Tax Tribunal (MTT)
Zoning and Planning

Premises Liability

Product Liability

Property, Fire and Casualty

Real Estate

Trucking/Commercial Vehicle Litigation



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Phone: (248) 851-9500
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Grand Rapids, MI 49546
Phone: (616) 285-0143
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