The Firm is pleased to announce that five of its attorneys have been included in the 2016 Best Lawyers in America: Carol A. Rosati, Gary L. Dovre and Thomas R. Schultz (Litigation- Municipal), Steven P. Joppich (Litigation – Real Estate), Patrick A. Aseltyne (Mediation), and Carol A. Rosati, Gary L. Dovre, Steven P. Joppich and Thomas R. Schultz (Municipal Law).
The Firm has received two Tier 1 rankings in the 2016 Edition of U.S. News - Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" in Detroit for the areas of Municipal Law and Litigation - Municipal.
The Johnson Rosati employment group successfully defended a municipal employer in a lawsuit filed by a former employee raising claims of disability discrimination and retaliation. On October 30, 2015, the Tuscola County Circuit Court issued summary disposition in favor the defendant-employer. The motion, briefed and argued by Laura Bailey Brown, was granted in full.
Dan Klemptner and Ken Galica successfully defended three police officers in a use-of-force lawsuit. After a week-long trial, a unanimous jury returned a verdict of “no-cause” against the three defendants. Plaintiff demanded 1 million dollars to settle the case before trial began. Mr. Klemptner and Mr. Galica attributed their success to the police witnesses’ diligent pre-trial preparation, and the officers’ ability to explain the reasons behind their actions to a very carefully selected jury.
Eleven of the Firm's attorneys have been recognized by Thomson Reuters as distinguished attorneys in their fields for 2015. Carol A. Rosati, Thomas R. Schultz, Steven P. Joppich, Laura S. Amtsbuechler, Michael E. Rosati, Patrick A. Aseltyne, Margaret T. Debler and Gary L. Dovre were selected to the Super Lawyers list. Daniel A. Klemptner, Holly S. Battersby and Shaina Reed were included on the Super Lawyers Rising Stars list. Carol A. Rosati was also included on the lists for Michigan "Top 100," "Top 50 Women," and "Top 25 Women."
Dan Klemptner and Ken Galica received a “no-cause” verdict from a unanimous jury in a police misconduct lawsuit. The Defendant-Police Officer was alleged to have used excessive force while arresting a young male. The plaintiff also accused the Officer of using racial slurs during their encounter. Plaintiff’s counsel requested approximately 3 million dollars in damages at the conclusion of the six-day trial. Mr. Klemptner and Mr. Galica attributed their success to focused witness preparation and an organized presentation of the evidence to the jury in a manner that allowed the jurors to fairly view the facts and circumstances from the Officers’ perspective.