The Firm was recently selected as general counsel for the Oakland County Community Mental Health Authority. The Authority is one of the largest in the State. It serves Oakland County by providing mental health services to adults with serious mental illness, children with emotional disturbances and persons with developmental disabilities.
The Firm was recently named to the 2006 Pro Bono Circle of Excellence for its contributions of attorney time and financial aid for legal services to low-income individuals and families.
At the Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys Summer Conference on Mackinac Island, Carol A. Rosati was named 2006 Distinguished Municipal Attorney. The award will be presented to her in September by the Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys at the annual Michigan Municipal League conference.
Russell LaBarge moderated a meeting of the Macomb County Water Quality Board with federal, state and local officials as well as environmental groups in attendance to discuss progress on Blue Ribbon Commission's recommendations.
The Michigan Municipal Risk Management Authority (MMRMA) has received a first place award in the pool category from the Public Risk Management Association (PRIMA) for their DVD resource, “Anatomy of a Lawsuit.” The DVD is an hour-long resource which explains steps of the litigation process to lay people to give them an idea of what to expect if they ever become a party to a lawsuit. Three attorneys from the firm appeared in the video. Michael Rosati appeared on the DVD as moderator, Christopher Johnson played the role of one of the defense lawyers in the presentation, and Laura Amtsbuechler appeared in the video playing the role of one of the plaintiff's counsel. The award was presented to the MMRMA at the annual meeting of PRIMA in Las Vegas on June 11, 2006.
Michael Rosati and Christopher Johnson presented "Anatomy of a Lawsuit" in Sault Ste. Marie on May 24, 2006.
Christopher Johnson and Carlito Young presented a seminar on the Freedom of Information Act and the Open Meetings Act to officials in Bay County on May 9, 2006. The seminar included an overview on responding to FOIA requests and complying with the Open Meetings Act.
The firm was recently selected as general counsel for the Michigan Universities Self-Insurance Corporation (M.U.S.I.C.) MUSIC is a self-insurance pool for eleven public universities in the state.