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Carlito H. Young

Main Office: 248.489.4100
Fax: 248.489.1726

Carlito H. Young is a shareholder practicing in the Litigation Defense and Labor Practice Groups of the firm. He specializes in representing government clients in First Amendment issues, police matters, employment cases, insurance coverage, and wrongful death cases.

Carlito has also conducted several pre-lawsuit investigations on behalf of the firm's municipal and insurance clients regarding employment, gross negligence and wrongful death issues. Additionally, he has substantial experience with the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Specifically, Carllito not only represents several municipal clients regarding FOIA, but conducts several FOIA seminars each year across the state.

Practice Areas

  • General Municipal Law
  • Employment and Labor
  • Constitutional Rights and Civil Rights
  • Insurance Defense

Experience / Expertise

  • Admitted to practice November 2000
  • Litigating cases in state and federal court
  • Investigations on behalf of municipalities and employers


  • Arizona State University College of Law, J.D., 2000
  • University of Michigan, B.S., 1997
  • Wayne State University College of Law, Guest Student, 1999-2000

Professional Activities / Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • Oakland County Bar Association
  • Michigan Defense Trial Counsel


  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America in the areas of Litigation-Municipal, 2021-2022
  • Selected to Thomson Reuters Super Lawyers, 2020-2021

Publications / Presentations

  • Presented at the Michigan Association of Counties in Frankenmuth, Michigan, 2018
  • Presented at the Michigan Association of Counties in Escanaba, Michigan regarding the issue of Sexual Harassment and Employment Law, 2018
  • Co-authored ICLE's "Damages and Remedies in Michigan (4th ed.): Chapter 6, Employment Damages" with Laura S. Amtsbuechler and Laura Bailey Brown
  • Co-author of "The Open Meetings Act: The Delicate Balance Between Transparency and a Public Body's Ability to Operate," Michigan Bar Journal, September 2015
  • Presentation: "The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA): What FOIA Coordinators Need to Know," 2009-2015
  • Conducted state-wide presentations on Public Act 563 of 2014, which discussed and assisted municipalities with the significant changes to Michigan's Freedom of Information Act
  • Regular contributor to the Public Corporation Law Quarterly
  • Published Coleman Young's Perspective on American Society and Detroit Politics, Black Scholar (Black World Foundation), Vol. 27 Issue 2, Summer 1997
  • Co-author, The FOIA Coordinator Handbook, 2010 and 2014
  • Various presentations on the Open Meetings Act, Family Medical Leave Act and issues pertaining to e-mail communication and privacy concerns
  • Electronic Data Discovery in Litigation published in Public Corporation Law Quarterly, Spring 2006

Community Activities / Involvement

  • Coleman A. Young Foundation