Counsel for both land owners and condemning authorities throughout Michigan and the United States in state and federal courts, including regulatory, total and partial acquisitions, easements, and rights of way condemnation under eminent domain.
Counsel to various land developers for regional and community shopping centers, including branch banking, grocery, hotel, and chain retail clients.
Counsel to the Public School Academies of Detroit which operate the nationally recognized University Preparatory Academy and other charter schools.
Successfully counseled the startup of eight charter schools, including nationally innovative Clara B. Ford strict discipline academy and Vista Meadows public school academy in collaboration with the Vista Maria organization.
Counsel for Detroit/Wayne County Stadium Authority in the condemnation of 60 acres and 136 parcels for the Detroit Tigers' Comerica Park and the Detroit Lions' Ford Field, tried 10 jury trials resulting in savings of more than $20 million.
Counsel to the Road Commission for Oakland County in the acquisition of rights of way for eight modern roundabouts for the Northwestern Connector project.
Successful defense of landowner against the attempted taking of property by municipal cemetery.
Successful defense of Americans with Disabilities Act claims surrounding the implementation of modern roundabout and the nationally and internationally unique trial of "HAWK" signalization of roundabouts for visually impaired pedestrians.
Representation of landowners and governmental authorities regarding Part 91 Soil Erosion permitting and development issues.
Counsel for landowner protecting property rights against governmental taking and regulations regarding alleged historic designation.
Detroit/Wayne County Stadium Authority
JP Morgan Chase Bank, N.A.
Oakland County Drain Commission
Public School Academies of Detroit
Road Commission for Oakland County
AREAS OF PRACTICE EMPHASIS
Condemnation and Land Use and Regulation
State Bar of Michigan, Real Property, Eminent Domain, Subcommittee, Litigation, Antitrust, and Trade Regulation Sections
State Bar of Michigan, Standing Committee on Civil Procedure and the Courts, 2005-present
Oakland County Bar Association
Oakland County Business Roundtable, 2001-present
Former Oakland County Commissioner
City of Royal Oak, Former Mayor Pro Tem, Commissioner, and Zoning Board of Appeals Member
Board of Trustees, Boys & Girls Club of South Oakland County, Executive Committee Member
Detroit Regional Chamber, Life Member
Royal Oak Downtown Development Authority
Oakland County Brownfield Development Authority, Chairperson
PUBLICATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS
"Proposal 4: Proposed State Constitutional Amendment Restricting Eminent Domain Power," Dickinson Wright Real Estate News, Fall 2006
United State Merchant Marine Academy, B.S. 1987
Wayne State University Law School, J.D. 1993 (cum laude)
Wayne Law Review, Managing Editor.