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Stephanie Simon Morita

Phone: 248.489.4100
Fax: 248.489.1726

Stephanie Simon Morita concentrates her practice in municipal law, local taxation law, and property tax appeal defense. She has extensive trial experience representing municipalities in valuation disputes in the Michigan Tax Tribunal, and has also successfully litigated valuation and tax disputes in Circuit, Probate and Bankruptcy courts. Her representation of clients in property tax and exemption matters has also extended to appearances before the State Tax Commission, Federal District Courts, and Appellate Courts in the State of Michigan.

Stephanie's work has encompassed plat vacation, construction and real property title disputes, litigation of real property sale—specific performance and trespass nuisance claims, Open Meetings Act, Freedom of Information Act, zoning, construction contract drafting and administration of the construction of public works, ordinance review and drafting, mutual aid agreements, local government contracts, and arbitration.

Practice Areas

  • General Municipal Law
  • Taxes and Assessing
  • Appellate Advocacy
  • Real Estate and Construction

Education

  • Wayne State University Law School, J.D., 1995
  • University of Michigan, A.B. with Honors, 1992

Professional Activities / Memberships

  • State Bar of Michigan
    Member, 1995-present
    Member, Council for the Appellate Practice Section, 2008-present
    Secretary, Appellate Practice Section Council, 2011-2013
    Treasurer, Appellate Practice Section Council, 2013-present
  • Michigan Municipal League Finance Committee
    2017-present

Awards

  • "AV Preeminent" ranking with Martindale-Hubbell, the highest possible peer review rating for attorneys, 2013-present

Publications / Presentations

  • Presenter, Oakland County Association of Township Supervisors, "Dark Store/Big Box/Property Tax," May 2018
  • Author, "Escanaba Winds 'Dark Store' Taxation Appeal", March/April 2018 edition of The Review, published by Michigan Municipal League
  • Presenter, Great Lakes Chapter of the Appraisal Institute, "Appraising for the Tax Tribunal," February 2018
  • Presenter, City of Rochester Hills "Women in Government," February 2018
  • Presenter, Rochester Area American Association of University Women, "What it Takes to Lead," October 2015
  • Presenter, Oakland County Bar Association Municipal Law Committee, "Hot Topics in Property Tax Law," September 2015
  • Co-Author, "What Judges Say About How to Brief That Arcane Appeal (and Practically Everything Else)," Michigan Bar Journal, February 2013
  • Presenter, Appellate Practice Section, Seminar on the “Economics of Appellate Practice,” May, 2011
  • Author, “Free Beer – A Truly Intriguing Tale of Property Taxation and Foreclosure,” Laches, published by the Oakland County Bar Association, July 2008
  • Presenter, National Business Institute’s Seminar on Property Tax Law in Michigan, 2003
  • Presenter, Institute for Professionals in Taxation Michigan One-Day Tax Update Seminar, 2003
  • Presenter, National Business Institute’s Seminar on Property Tax Law in Michigan, 2002
  • Author, “Basement Flooding Claims Under Public Act 222 of 2001," Laches, published by the Oakland County Bar Association, November 2002
  • Co-Author, “Vacation of Platted Land Dedicated for Public Use,” Public Corporation Law Quarterly, December 1999, reprinted with permission in the Michigan Real Property Review, Spring 2000

Community Activities / Involvement

  • City of Rochester Hills Brownfield Redevelopment Authority, 2007-2015
  • City of Rochester Hills City Council, 2013-present
  • Avondale Youth Assistance Board of Directors, 2013-present
  • Paint Creek Trailway Commission Member, 2013-2015
  • City of Rochester Hills City Council Vice President, 2015-present
  • City of Rochester Hills Planning Commission, 2015-present
  • Older Person's Commission Board of Directors, 2015-present