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Carol A. Rosati

Main Office: 248.489.4100
Direct Dial: 248.482.8800
Fax: 248.489.1726

Carol A. Rosati is a founding and managing shareholder of the firm, in charge of its day-to-day operations. She is considered one of the top attorneys in the State of Michigan in the area of zoning and land use defense for municipalities.

Carol is admitted to all state and federal courts in the State of Michigan, as well as the United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is the primary defense counsel for the Michigan Municipal Risk Management Authority in this area of practice and serves as both general counsel and special counsel for a number of municipalities. She has published several articles, is a frequent speaker at conferences at both the state and national level in her area of practice and has appeared as a speaker on training tapes which have been distributed nationwide.

Practice Areas

  • General Municipal Law
  • Zoning and Land Use
  • Constitutional Law and Civil Rights
  • Prosecution and Ordinance Enforcement
  • Real Estate and Construction
  • Insurance Defense
  • Appellate Advocacy


  • Wayne State University Law School, J.D., June 1980
  • Michigan State University Honors College, B.A., December 1976

Professional Activities / Memberships

  • State Bar of Michigan
    Member, Council for the Public Corporation Law Section, 1990-present
    Secretary/Treasurer, Public Corporation Law Section, 2002-2003
    Vice-Chair, Public Corporation Law Section, 2003-2004
    Chair, Public Corporation Law Section, 2004-2005
    Former Chair, Zoning Committee of the Public Corporation Law Section
  • American Bar Foundation
  • Oakland County Bar Association
    Lifetime Fellow
    Former Chair, Municipal Law Committee
    Former Vice-Chair, Alternate Dispute Resolution Committee


  • Designated "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers, Litigation-Municipal, 2021
  • Named in The Top 50 Women Lawyers in Michigan by Thomson Reuters, 2007, 2009-2021
  • Named in the Top 100 Lawyers in Michigan by Thomson Reuters, 2013-2021
  • Named Top Lawyer by DBusiness and Hour Magazine, Land Use/Zoning, Municipal Law and Constitutional Law, 2010-2021
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Litigation-Land Use and Zoning, 2022
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Litigation-Municipal and Municipal Law, 2013-2022
  • Named “America’s Most Honored Lawyers Top 1%”, awarded by The American Registry to the top 1% of attorneys receiving the most professional recognitions of excellence by recognized trade groups, clients and peers, 2020
  • Named in Leading Lawyers, Top Real Estate Lawyers, 2020
  • Recognized in Best Lawyers, Women in the Law, June 2020
  • Listed in The National Law Journal as a Lawyer of Distinction, July/August 2020
  • Ranked in America's Most Honored Lawyers, Top 1% by the American Registry, 2020
  • "AV" ranking with Martindale-Hubbell since 1983, the highest level of professional skill and integrity
  • Selected to Super Lawyers in the areas of Land Use/Zoning and Municipal Law by Thomson Reuters (formerly Law & Politics), 2006-2021
  • Named in the Top 25 Business Women in Michigan by Thomson Reuters, 2014-2020
  • Named in Leading Lawyers Michigan Edition--Governmental, Municipal, Lobbying & Administrative Law and Land Use, Zoning & Condemnation Law, 2017-2019
  • Named in America's Top 100 Attorneys, Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Designated "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers, Municipal Law, 2016
  • Selected for Best Attorneys in Michigan by American Registry
  • Selected as Top-Rated Lawyer in Energy Environmental and Natural Resources by American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell, 2013
  • Selected as Top-Rated Lawyer in Land Use and Zoning by American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell, 2013
  • Named by Lawyers Weekly as one of the Top 20 Women Leaders in the Law, 2012
  • Distinguished Municipal Attorney Award presented by the Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys, 2006

Publications / Presentations

  • Michigan Sign Guidebook, 2nd Edition, The Local Planning and Regulation of Signs, published by Scenic Michigan, January 2021 – Member of the Advisory Committee
  • Co-Author of an article for the Michigan Public Risk Management Association newsletter entitled, "The 'Sign' of Change: The Impact of Reed v Town of Gilbert on Local Sign Regulations," August 2016
  • Presenter at the MIPRIMA Conference on November 5, 2015 at the Inn at St. Johns on a review of land use litigation issues
  • Speaker at the Annual MTA Township Attorney Seminar on the new cases and statutes in the area of land use, 2012
  • Chapter Author, Michigan Municipal Law, published by ICLE, 2012
  • Co-Author, Michigan Zoning, Planning and Land Use, published by ICLE, 2008, updated annually
  • Published article in Public Corporation Law Quarterly on the current status of the ripeness doctrine
  • Published article in Laches regarding the measure of damages in regulatory takings cases
  • Published article in Public Corporation Law Quarterly regarding Federal Fair Housing Act and the regulation of adult foster care homes
  • Speaker at the National PRIMA Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio and Baltimore, Maryland, Anatomy of a Lawsuit
  • Speaker at the National PRIMA Conference in San Diego, California, Land Use Regulation
  • Speaker at the National AGRIP Conference in Savannah, Georgia, Land Use Regulation
  • Has spoken on the topic of zoning and land use regulation throughout the State of Michigan at various groups including the Michigan Township Supervisors, Michigan Township Association, and the Michigan Society of Planning Officials, as referenced in "Firm News" section
  • Speaker at the MMRMA Winter meeting, Medical Marijuana: Land Use and Law Enforcement Issue, 2011

ICLE (Institute of Continuing Legal Education) Courses Taught

  • Presenter, ICLE Land Use Update Webinar, February 24, 2018
  • Presenter, Homeward Bound 2016-2017: Zoning and Municipal Approvals - The Process, May 4, 2017
  • Presenter, ICLE Land Use Update Webinar, 2017
  • Land Use and Development 2007, September 18, 2007
  • Land Use and Development 2006, September 7, 2006
  • Hot Topics in Municipal Law, February 15, 2006
  • Land Use and Development 2005, September 16, 2005
  • Land Use and Development 2004, October 14, 2004
  • Land Use and Development 2003, September 25, 2003
  • Litigation with State and Local Governments, Current Issues, December 7, 1993

Community Activities / Involvement

  • Charter Township of Bloomfield Zoning Board of Appeals

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