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Gary L. Dovre

Gary L. Dovre has been counseling and representing municipalities since becoming an attorney in 1977. His extensive knowledge and experience in all aspects of municipal law allows him to provide practical legal guidance to clients on their day-to-day operations and the new issues or challenges they may confront. While Gary’s primary work is for municipal clients, his background includes and allows for effective counseling and representation of private clients in his areas of expertise where there is no conflict with municipal clients and interests of the firm.

Gary’s municipal practice areas include Contracts, Real Estate, Property Taxes, Special Assessments, Tax Tribunal, Wireless Communications, Telecommunications/Right-of-Way, Cable and Video Franchises, Building/Construction Codes, Zoning and Planning, Land Division and Condominium Acts, Open Meetings and Freedom of Information Acts, Licensing, Administrative Proceedings, and Ordinances. Gary’s extensive experience in the litigation of claims by and against municipalities in the State and Federal courts allows him to provide timely analysis and recommendations on claims, possible results, realistic objectives, and available litigation/settlement strategies.

Practice Areas

  • General Municipal Law
  • Zoning and Land Use
  • Real Estate and Construction


  • Detroit College of Law, now Michigan State University College of Law, J.D., 1977
  • Michigan State University, B.A., 1973

Professional Activities / Memberships

  • State Bar of Michigan
    Public Corporation and Real Property Law Sections
  • Oakland County Bar Association
    Municipal Law Committee Member and Past-Chairperson
  • Oakland County Circuit Court
    Prior Contract Panel Mediator
  • State Bureau of Construction Codes
    Prior Approved Instructor

Admitted to Practice

  • All courts in the State of Michigan
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan


  • Named Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers for Municipal Law in Troy, 2022
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Municipal Law, 2010-2021
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Litigation-Municipal, 2011-2021
  • Named in Leading Lawyers Michigan Edition--Governmental, Municipal, Lobbying & Administrative Law; Real Estate Law, Commercial; Telecommunications Law, 2017-2019
  • Selected to Super Lawyers by Thomson Reuters, State, Local and Municipal Law, 2007-2020
  • Designated "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers, Municipal Law-Detroit area, 2014
  • Selected for Best Attorneys in Michigan by American Registry, 2013
  • Listed in Top Lawyers DBusiness Journal and Hour Magazine in Municipal Law, 2013, 2015-2017, 2020

Publications / Presentations

  • Authored "Whose Road is it Anyway?" for Laches, the Oakland County Bar Association's monthly publication
  • Authored Land Use Litigation and Law of Nonconforming Uses seminar material for National Business Institute Land Use Law Update in Michigan
  • Authored "Expediting Land Use Decisions" for Laches, the Oakland County Bar Association's monthly publication
  • Michigan Local Government Management Association, "Amending Michigan's Constitution — The Constitutional Convention Option"
  • Real Property Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan Homeward Bound Seminar, Telecommunications and Real Estate
  • Oakland County Building Officials' Association regarding Building Code Administration
  • National Business Institute, Land Use Law Update in Michigan