Christopher J. Johnson, a co-founding shareholder of the law firm of Johnson, Rosati, Schultz & Joppich, has retired from the firm and has joined the staff of the Michigan Municipal League as general counsel.
“We will miss Chris,” said Carol Rosati, co-founder and managing shareholder at the firm. “We wish him all the best, confident that we will cross paths with him as we pursue our common goal of protecting the legal interests of Michigan communities.”
Johnson and Rosati founded the firm in 1993 to specialize in representing local governments. The executive committee is composed of Rosati, Thomas Schultz, Steven Joppich and Laura Amtsbuechler and they are joined by 23 other attorneys. They are a mix of generalists, serving as the primary counsel for communities, and specialists in nearly every element of municipal law.
“We have several lawyers who can easily step in and represent the communities Chris served,” Rosati said.
Rosati said the firm will change its name to Rosati, Schultz, Joppich, Amtsbuechler.
Founded in 1993, Johnson, Rosati, Schultz and Joppich has offices in Farmington Hills and Lansing. Its clients include cities, villages, townships, local authorities and commissions and regional agencies. Through the Michigan Municipal Risk Management Authority, the firm provides litigation defense to communities across the state.
The Firm has been recognized in Corp America's 2016 Legal Elite Awards receiving awards as "Most Highly Regarded Litigation Firm - Michigan" and "Best Zoning & Land Use Defense - Michigan."
In April 2016, Marcelyn A. Stepanski was honored in Washington D.C. by the International Municipal Lawyers Association with its Amicus Service Award for preparation of an amicus brief in the United States Supreme Court.
The Johnson Rosati employment group successfully defended a municipal employer in a lawsuit filed by a former employee raising claims of disability discrimination and retaliation. On October 30, 2015, the Tuscola County Circuit Court issued summary disposition in favor the defendant-employer. The motion, briefed and argued by Laura Bailey Brown, was granted in full.
Dan Klemptner and Ken Galica successfully defended three police officers in a use-of-force lawsuit. After a week-long trial, a unanimous jury returned a verdict of “no-cause” against the three defendants. Plaintiff demanded 1 million dollars to settle the case before trial began. Mr. Klemptner and Mr. Galica attributed their success to the police witnesses’ diligent pre-trial preparation, and the officers’ ability to explain the reasons behind their actions to a very carefully selected jury.