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Co-founding member of Johnson, Rosati, Schultz & Joppich named as general counsel to Michigan Municipal League; firm name changing to Rosati, Schultz, Joppich & Amtsbuechler.

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.

Categories: Other Firm News

New Article by Carol Rosati and Daniel Klemptner: "The 'Sign' of Change: The Impact of Reed v Town of Gilbert On Local Sign Regulations"

Carol A. Rosati and Daniel A. Klemptner authored an article for the Michigan Public Risk Management Association August 2016 newsletter entitled: "The 'Sign' of Change: The Impact of Reed v Town of Gilbert On Local Sign Regulations."

Categories: Publications

Johnson Rosati Recognized in Corp America's 2016 Legal Elite Awards

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."

Categories: Honors

Attorney Marcie Stepanski Awarded IMLA Amicus Service Award

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.

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2016 MMRMA Winter Workshop: "EEOC Claims & Avoiding Hostile Work Environments"

Laura S. Amtsbuechler and Laura Bailey Brown co-presented at the 2016 Michigan Municipal Risk Management Authority Winter Workshop - "EEOC Claims & Avoiding Hostile Work Environments."

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Local Zoning Board of Appeals Variance Decision Affirmed

Carol A. Rosati and Lisa A. Anderson successfully represented a local Zoning Board of Appeals in defending its decision to grant a dimensional variance to the ordinary high water mark setback to allow for the addition of a garage on lakefront property.

Categories: Case Successes

Client City Prevails in Zoning Board Challenge

Carol A. Rosati and Lisa A. Anderson prevailed in a challenge to a Zoning Board of Appeals’ decision to deny a variance to an off-street parking ordinance, successfully defending the city’s right to enforce its zoning ordinance.

Categories: Case Successes

MIPRIMA Conference: Land Use Litigation & Governmental Immunity

Carol Rosati and Michael Rosati were speakers at the MIPRIMA conference on November 5, 2015 at the Inn at St. John’s. Carol presented a review of land use litigation issues, and Michael provided an update on governmental immunity.

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Municipal Employer Prevails in Disability Discrimination and Retaliation Case

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.

Categories: Case Successes

Jury Rejects Use-of-Force Lawsuit Against Three Police Officers

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.

Categories: Case Successes