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Lisa A. Anderson

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Lisa A. Anderson is a shareholder with the firm, practicing in the areas of municipal law, land use, zoning, constitutional law, and trial and appellate advocacy. Lisa has successfully represented the interests of and has secured victories for governmental entities in trial and appellate courts across the state. Her areas of expertise include the defense of constitutional law claims involving land use and zoning disputes, First Amendment claims, takings, due process, equal protection, police civil rights actions, as well as employment claims, ordinance challenges, code enforcement, claims involving qualified and governmental immunity, among others. In addition to a robust litigation and appellate practice, Lisa represents municipalities and governmental entities on boards and commissions, provides guidance on the Open Meetings Act, Freedom of Information Act, FCC and telecommunications issues, and provides general counsel services on a broad range of municipal issues.

As a former law clerk in trial and appellate courts at the state and federal level, Lisa leverages her knowledge of the internal workings of the courts to advocate for her clients. She is a long-time member of her local planning commission, zoning board of appeals, and board of review and understands the unique challenges faced by public boards and commissions.

Lisa was appointed to the Board of Directors for the Michigan Defense Trial Counsel (MDTC), a leading association of lawyers dedicated to the defense of individuals and entities in civil litigation. She Co-Chairs the Municipal & Governmental Liability Section of the MDTC and is the former Chair of the Municipal Law Committee for the Oakland County Bar Association. Lisa regularly authors articles for leading publications on issues that affect governmental entities and municipal law.

Practice Areas

  • General Municipal Law
  • Zoning and Land Use
  • Constitutional Law and Civil Rights
  • Appellate Advocacy
  • Insurance Defense

Education

  • University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, J.D., summa cum laude, 1996
  • Michigan State University, B.S., 1987

Professional Activities / Memberships

  • Michigan Defense Trial Counsel
    Board Member, 2020 - present
    Co-Chair, Municipal & Governmental Liability Section, 2019-present
  • Oakland County Bar Association
    Chair, Municipal Law Committee, 2016-2017
    Vice Chair, Municipal Law Committee, 2015-2016
  • Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys
  • State Bar of Michigan
    Government Law
    Appellate Practice
    Administrative Law
  • Federal Bar Association
  • American Bar Association

Publications / Presentations

  • Author, “The First Amendment and Local Government Use of Social Media,” State Bar of Michigan, 2020
  • Author, "From Gas Stations to Growlers: New Liquor Laws Change the Way We Buy and Sell Booze," Laches, published by the Oakland County Bar Association, January 2018
  • Author, Municipal Law Updates, Planning and Zoning News, 2014 – present
  • Author, Municipal Law Updates, Michigan Defense Quarterly, quarterly publication of the Michigan Defense Trial Counsel, 2018-2020
  • Author, “New FAA Drone Regulations: What You Need to Know,” Laches, published by the Oakland County Bar Association, October 2016
  • Presenter, “The New Law on Signs,” Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys, March 2019
  • Presenter, “Sign Regulation after Reed v Town of Gilbert,” Michigan Association of Code Enforcement Officers, June 2017
  • Co-Organizer and Moderator, “Substance Abuse in our Cities and Suburbs,” Oakland County Bar Association, May 2017

Community Activities / Involvement

  • Northville Township Planning Commission
    Former Chair and current Commission Member, 1999 to 2007; 2014 to present
  • Northville Township Zoning Board of Appeals
    Board Member, 1999-2007; 2013-2016
  • Northville Township Board of Review
    Board Member, 1998-1999

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