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Anne McClorey McLaughlin

Phone: 248.489.4100
Fax: 248.489.1726

In more than 30 years as a litigator and advisor to local governments, Anne McClorey McLaughlin has time and again obtained proved results for her clients.  She has litigated and tried cases involving an extensive variety of issues and claims affecting municipal governments, officials and employees under both Michigan and federal law.  These include civil rights and constitutional claims, class actions, land use and zoning, police misconduct and use of force, general municipal and official liability, discrimination, wrongful termination, and actions under the Freedom of Information and Open Meetings Acts - and those are just for starters.

A quick study, Anne swiftly wraps her arms around the facts and the law in each case to develop a strategy to bring the case to a final disposition that best benefits her clients.  She deftly handles all stages of litigation, focusing on the best possible outcome for her clients, so her clients can focus on serving the public.  Anne regularly practices in every level of the state and federal court systems in Michigan, having argued before the Michigan Court of Appeals and Supreme Court, and the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati, Ohio.  She also represents municipal entities and officials before state and federal administrative and regulatory agencies.

In addition to her litigation practice, Anne counsels boards, councils and commissions and municipal departments on ordinance enforcement, land use and planning, construction projects, personal and real property tax and regulatory issues, special assessments, election law, water and sewer issues, legislative amendments and updates, and many other aspects of municipal operations.  Her experience and expertise have proven invaluable in helping clients both to mitigate the effects of losses that have already occurred and to manage their risk to avoid future liability.

Practice Areas

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

Education

  • University of Detroit School of Law, J.D. cum laude, 1987
  • University of Michigan, B.A., 1984

Professional Activities / Memberships

  • State Bar of Michigan
    Public Corporation and Litigation Sections
  • Case Evaluation Panelist, serving the Wayne County Circuit Court and U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan

Admitted to Practice

  • All courts in the State of Michigan
  • Mediation Tribunal Association
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • Mediation Tribunal Association

Publications / Presentations

  • Featured speaker at MMRMA's training workshop, "Sewer Back Ups: A Practical Guide to Public Act 222"
  • Author, "Michigan Tests Limits of Marijuana for Medical Use," The Risk Journal, Michigan Municipal Risk Management Authority, June 2010
  • Author, "Michigan and Federal Electronic Discovery Rules," Public Risk Management Association-Michigan Chapter Newsletter, June 2009
  • Presenter, "Policing the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act," Sponsored by Leelanau County, Michigan Planning Commission, Suttons Bay, Michigan, May 2011
  • Presenter, "Policing Problems with the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act," Michigan Municipal Risk Management Authority Spring Workshop, Lansing, Michigan, March 2011
  • Presenter, "Michigan Medical Marihuana Act: Cutting Through the Smoke," Independent Insurance Agents of Oakland County, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, January 2011
  • Presenter, "Michigan Medical Marihuana Act: Cutting Through the Smoke," Michigan Community College Risk Management Authority, Fall Quarterly Meeting, Dearborn, Michigan, November 2010
  • Presenter, "Michigan Medical Marihuana Act: Cutting Through the Smoke," Insurance Association of Metropolitan Detroit, Farmington Hills, Michigan , October 2010
  • Presenter, "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly," Michigan Municipal Risk Management Authority, Joint Law Enforcement Advisory Committee, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, September 2010
  • Presenter, "Michigan Medical Marihuana Act: Cutting Through the Smoke," CPCU Society-Greater Detroit Chapter/Risk and Insurance Management Society-Detroit Chapter, Farmington Hills, Michigan, May 2010
  • Panelist, Open Carry of Firearms in Michigan, Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys, Lansing, Michigan, April 2010
  • Presenter, "Michigan Medical Marihuana Act: Cutting Through the Smoke," Michigan Municipal Risk Management Authority, Administrative Advisory Committee, Livonia, Michigan, April 2010
  • Presenter, "Michigan Medical Marihuana Act: Cutting Through the Smoke," Public Risk Management Association-Michigan Chapter, Spring Educational Program, Lansing, Michigan, March 2010
  • Presenter, Family Medical Leave Act Update, Public Risk Management Association-Michigan Chapter, Summer Conference, Crystal Mountain Resort, Thompsonville, Michigan, July 2009
  • Presenter, "Public Act 222, Sewage Disposal Event Liability," Michigan Municipal Risk Management Authority, Livonia, Michigan, February 2009
  • Co-Instructor, "Freedom of Information Act, Electronic Discovery and Document Retention," Law Enforcement Executive Leadership Institute, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, September 2008
  • Co-Presenter, "What the Court Said," Michigan Legal Update, Public Risk Management Association-Michigan Chapter, Cadillac, Michigan, July 2007
  • Presenter, "ADA, EEOC and How They Interact With Workers’ Comp," Michigan Legal Update, Public Risk Management Association-Michigan Chapter, Crystal Mountain Resort, Thompsonville, Michigan, July 2011
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