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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 excellent 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

  • General Municipal Law
  • Constitutional Law and Civil Rights
  • Zoning and Land Use
  • 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
    Government Law, Master Lawyer and Litigation Sections
  • Oakland County Bar Association
    Municipal Law Committee

Admitted to Practice

  • State Bar of Michigan
  • United States District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, Cincinnati, OH
  • Case Evaluation Panelist, Mediation Tribunal Association (serving the Wayne County Circuit Court and U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan)

Publications / Presentations

  • Presenter, “Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act: Recreational Marijuana in Michigan,” address to Michigan Independent Colleges & Universities, East Lansing, Michigan, May 2019
  • Featured speaker at MMRMA's training workshop, "Sewer Back Ups: A Practical Guide to Public Act 222" Southfield, Michigan, March 2019
  • Presenter, “No Good Deed Goes Unpunished,” Michigan Municipal Risk Management Authority Joint Advisory Committee, October 2017
  • 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
  • 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
  • Author, "Michigan Tests Limits of Marijuana for Medical Use," The Risk Journal, Michigan Municipal Risk Management Authority, June 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
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