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Steven P. Joppich

Phone: 248.489.4100
Fax: 248.489.1726

Steven P. Joppich is a shareholder of the firm and has devoted his legal career to representing the interests of governmental entities.  Since 1994, he has assisted local governments throughout Michigan with a variety of legal issues both in and out of the courtroom.  As a result, Steve has gained substantial expertise in a diverse and broad cross section of municipal law, with the following being a sampling of his areas of experience:

  • zoning and land use regulation
  • development issues
  • medical marihuana
  • wetland and natural resource preservation techniques
  • real estate transactions
  • signs and billboards
  • contracts
  • ordinance drafting
  • Freedom of Information Act
  • Open Meetings Act
  • intergovernmental agreements
  • libraries
  • corridor improvement authorities
  • tax increment financing
  • special assessment districts
  • local governments
  • tax abatements
  • historic districts
  • parks and recreation
  • lake boards
  • election law
  • adult business regulations
  • code enforcement

In addition to advising municipalities in his capacity as general counsel, Steve has successfully represented both public and private clients in an array of civil court cases. His courtroom work has required him to defend his clients in a myriad of cases. He has experience litigating disputes involving subjects such as:

  • land use and zoning law
  • takings
  • wetland and environmental issues
  • alleged constitutional (due process, takings,
    equal protection and free speech) violations
  • Open Meetings Act and Freedom of Information Act matters
  • contracts
  • gas pipelines
  • historic districts
  • blighted properties and dangerous buildings
  • condemnation/eminent domain
  • riparian rights
  • oil and gas wells

Steve currently serves as City Attorney for the City of Farmington Hills and the Township Attorney for Independence Township. He also serves as general counsel to the Oakland Township Parks and Recreation Commission and assists in providing general counsel representation to the Cities of Novi and Farmington.  He also serves as special counsel to numerous other communities throughout Michigan.

Practice Areas

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

Education

  • Detroit College of Law, J.D.
  • University of Michigan, B.A.

Professional Activities / Memberships

  • Michigan State Bar Foundation
    Fellow
  • Oakland County Bar Foundation
    Fellow
  • State Bar of Michigan
    Government Law Section, Chairperson 2018-2019 and Councilmember
    Real Estate Law Section, Member
  • Oakland County Bar Association
    Municipal Law Committee, Past-Chairperson (two terms)
  • Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys
  • Michigan Municipal League
  • Michigan Townships Association
  • Catholic Society of Lawyers

Admitted to Practice

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

Awards

  • "AV Preeminent" ranking with Martindale-Hubbell, which is the highest possible ranking most recognized, peer review rating for attorneys.
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Litigation-Real Estate and Municipal Law, 2012-2020
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America, Litigation-Municipal, 2018-2020
  • Named in Leading Lawyers Michigan Edition--Land Use, Zoning & Condemnation Law and Real Estate Law: Commercial, 2019
  • Designated "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers, Municipal Law, 2014, 2015, 2019
  • Selected to Super Lawyers by Thomson Reuters, 2007-2019
  • Named Top Lawyer by DBusiness and Hour Magazine, Municipal Law, 2011-2019
  • Member of the inaugural class of inductees into the Academy of Michigan Municipal Attorneys by the Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys under the Michigan Municipal League, September 2012 - present)

Publications / Presentations

  • Co-Author of the Michigan Municipal Law book published by the Institute of Continuing Legal Education, 2012, updated 2018
  • Speaker at multiple seminars of the Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys Association (MAMA), Michigan Townships Association (MTA), Government Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan, Michigan Association of Code Enforcement Officials (MACEO), Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE), Michigan Municipal Risk Management Authority (MMRMA) and Oakland County Bar Association, 2002-2015
  • Co-Editor of the Public Corporation Law Quarterly, a publication of the Public Corporation Law Section of the Michigan Bar Association, 2007-2017
  • Author of published articles for Public Corporation Law Quarterly, 2009-2011
  • Author of published articles for Laches, a publication of the Oakland County Bar Association, 2007-2011
  • Author of a published article for Smart Business Magazine, 2011
  • Author of published article for The Michigan Planning & Zoning News, 2011
  • Regular contributing author of reports regarding recent cases in The Michigan Planning & Zoning News, 2007-2018
  • Regularly provides training seminars for individual planning commissions, zoning boards of appeals, and other municipal boards, commissions and councils

Community Activities / Involvement

  • Xemplar Club of Farmington/Farmington Hills (non-profit community service organization (www.xemplarclub.org)
    Active Member, Past President
  • Board of Directors for two nonprofit charitable organizations
  • Coach, Manager and Volunteer in youth sporting programs