Governmental Litigation

The Governmental Litigation Practice Group is made up of attorneys who have extensive experience defending litigation against governmental agencies, as well as prosecuting litigation on behalf of governmental agencies, such as municipalities, counties, school districts, universities, and state agencies, in both state and federal courts. The members of this group have successfully represented governmental agencies in a wide range of civil litigation matters that include the following issues:

  • Civil rights (42 USC §§ 1983 and 1985)
  • Emergency medical services
  • First Amendment claims
  • Governmental immunity
  • Governmental vehicle accidents
  • Headlee Amendment Litigation
  • Police misconduct
  • Public buildings
  • Public hospitals
  • Public roadway & sidewalks
  • Sewer liability
  • Tax Tribunal (MTT)
  • Teachers, school administrators & school districts


Group Chair
  Beckerleg, Derk W.
Executive Partner

Group Members
Randazzo, Anthony A.
Executive Partner

Hill, Jennifer C.

Pollard, Dennis R.

Roberts, Mark S.

Salhaney, Michael P.

Vanerian, Vahan C.

Green, Nancy Cooper
Of Counsel

Kreuger, Steven L.
Of Counsel

Recent Publications
Bed Bug Litigation On The Rise
Lawyer's Weekly 03/10/2011

Focus: Law - Estate Development Co. v. Oakland County Road Commission
Crain's Detroit Business 03/01/2010

Bed Bug Hysteria
Boundaries 10/13/2009

Parents' Waiver Waived
Community Watch 08/20/2008

Is Time On Your Side? How Statutes Of Limitation Impact Litigation by Michael D. Crow
Insights 07/01/2008

Litigation Successes
Federal Civil Rights Violations
John Hamilton, et al v City of Inkster, Officers Paul Martin, Kenneth Brown and Anthony Abdallah, et al.
Result Date: 08/26/2009

2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2015


Alternative Dispute Resolution

Amusement and Leisure


Commercial and Business Law


Drug and Medical Device


Environmental and Toxic Tort

Family Law

General Negligence

Governmental Litigation

Civil Rights (42 USC §§ 1983 and 1985)
Emergency Medical Services
First Amendment Claims
Governmental Immunity
Governmental Vehicle Accidents
Headlee Amendment
Police Misconduct
Public Buildings
Public Hospitals and Hospital Employees
Public Roadways and Sidewalks
Sewer Liability
Tax Tribunal (MTT)
Teachers, School Administrators and School Districts

Insurance Coverage

Intellectual Property / Advertising Injury

Malpractice / Professional Liability

Motor Vehicle Litigation


Premises Liability

Product Liability

Property, Fire and Casualty

Real Estate

Trucking/Commercial Vehicle Litigation



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