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Lisa A. Anderson

Main Office: 248.489.4100
Direct Dial: 248.482.8781
Fax: 248.489.1726

Lisa A. Anderson is an associate with the firm, practicing in the areas of municipal law, zoning and land use defense. She is experienced in all phases of litigation and has successfully represented her clients in both state and federal courts, including trial and appellate levels. Ms. Anderson has handled a wide range of litigated matters, including complex constitutional and civil rights claims involving land use and zoning disputes, First Amendment issues, inverse condemnation and taking claims, due process and equal protection allegations, police misconduct, employer defense, and other issues involving the defense of municipalities and government officials. In addition to litigation, Ms. Anderson assists municipalities with drafting ordinances and resolutions, reviewing and administering contracts, complying with the Open Meetings Act and the Freedom of Information Act, and other general counsel matters.

As a former law clerk with the Michigan Supreme Court, the Sixth Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel and Federal Bankruptcy Court, and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, Lisa leverages her knowledge of the internal workings of the courts to advocate for her clients. She has served on her community planning commission, zoning board of appeals, and board of review for more than 10 years and has a firsthand understanding of the unique challenges faced by public boards and commissions.

Ms. Anderson is the past Chair of the Municipal Law Committee for the Oakland County Bar Association and is a regular contributing author for the Planning & Zoning News and Michigan Defense Trial Counsel quarterly publication. She attended the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law where she graduated first in her class and served as an Associate Editor of the University Law Review, earning various academic awards and scholarships.

Practice Areas

  • General Municipal Law
  • Zoning and Land Use
  • Constitutional Law and Civil Rights
  • Employment and Labor
  • Appellate Advocacy
  • Insurance Defense


  • University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, J.D., summa cum laude
  • Michigan State University, B.S.

Professional Activities / Memberships

  • Oakland County Bar Association
    Chair, Municipal Law Committee, 2016-2017
    Vice Chair, Municipal Law Committee, 2015-2016
  • American Bar Association
  • State Bar of Michigan
    Public Corporation Section
  • Federal Bar Association

Publications / Presentations

  • Author, "From Gas Stations to Growlers: New Liquor Laws Change the Way We Buy And Sell Booze," Laches, published by the Oakland County Bar Association, January 2018
  • Regular contributing author of the Municipal Law Update for the Michigan Defense Quarterly, the quarterly publication of the Michigan Defense Trial Counsel
  • Regular contributing author of the Case Law Updates for the Planning and Zoning News, 2014 to present
  • Presenter, Sign Regulation after Reed v Town of Gilbert. Michigan Association of Code Enforcement Officers, June 2017
  • Moderator, Substance Abuse in our Cities and Suburbs. Oakland County Bar Association, May 2017
  • Author, New FAA Drone Regulations: What You Need to Know, Laches, published by the Oakland County Bar Association, October 2016

Community Activities / Involvement

  • Northville Township Planning Commission
    Board Member, 1999-2007; 2014 - present
  • Northville Township Zoning Board of Appeals
    Board Member, 1999-2007; 2013-2016
  • Northville Township Board of Review
    Member, 1998-1999

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