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Elizabeth Kudla Saarela

Phone: 248.489.4100
Fax: 248.489.1726

Elizabeth Kudla Saarela is an associate with the firm specializing in municipal law. For the past 17 years, she has focused her practice in providing legal services to local governmental agency clients. She is an Assistant City Attorney for the City of Novi and the Cities of Farmington and Farmington Hills, and also advises several other Oakland County communities on specialized governmental public works issues including water, sewer, and roadways, as well as environmental regulation.

Elizabeth principally provides advice on municipal matters, including: police and prosecution matters, ordinance drafting; contract review and administration; planning, zoning, and development; compliance with Open Meetings Act and Freedom of Information Act requirements; special assessments; property maintenance/ nuisance abatement; property transactions for local governmental entities, including acceptance of new roads and public utilities in connection with new developments; as well as acquisition of land for public projects. She is admitted to practice in all courts in the State of Michigan.

Practice Areas

  • Municipal Law
  • Environmental Regulations
  • Governmental Facilities
  • Open Meetings
  • Freedom of Information
  • Zoning/Land Use
  • Real Estate
  • Prosecution/Ordinance Enforcement


  • Wayne State University Law School, J.D., 1999
  • University of MichiganDearborn, B.A., 1995


  • Selected to Thomson Reuters Super Lawyers Rising Stars (2011-2012)

Professional Activities / Memberships

  • State Bar of Michigan
    Public Corporation and Real Property Law Sections
  • Oakland County Bar Association
    Municipal Law Committee
  • Novi Rotary