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Michael D. Hanchett

Phone: 248.489.4100
Fax: 248.489.1726

Michael D. Hanchett is an Associate with the firm and focuses his practice on municipal law, local government liability defense, and civil rights.  Michael has experience litigating disputes in both state and federal court involving matters of police liability, First Amendment issues, employment cases, and land use disputes.  He also assists with providing general counsel services to several municipalities.  He assists these communities with drafting ordinances, reviewing and administering contracts, providing legal opinions, and assisting with real estate transactions. 

Michael is a graduate of the University of Toledo College of Law where he was an active member of the Student Bar Association, Graduate Students Association, and Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity.  While in law school, Michael competed across the country for the school’s Moot Court team as both a competitor and coach.  Michael also participated in the College of Law’s Legal Clinic, where he represented clients who could not afford to hire private legal counsel.   

Prior to joining the firm, Michael gained valuable experience clerking for the Honorable Daniel P. Ryan of the Wayne County Circuit Court, as well as working for law firms across a wide range of practice areas.

Practice Areas

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

Education

  • University of Toledo College of Law, J.D., 2016
  • Ferris State University, B.S., 2013

Professional Activities / Memberships

  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Oakland County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Detroit Young Professionals

Admitted to Practice

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

Publications / Presentations

  • Featured speaker on the "Practical Law" television show discussing issues facing police departments with body cameras, April 2018
  • Author, "The Law Enforcement Body-Worn Camera Privacy Act: the Implications for Police Departments and How They Can Stay Ahead of the Curve," Oakland County Bar Association Laches magazine, January 2018

Community Service

  • City of Berkley Zoning Board of Appeals