Congratulations to Mike Rosati on his retirement from the firm after a highly successful career of serving and defending local communities throughout Michigan. Mike has been a respected member of our firm for the last 26 years, and he will be greatly missed by his fellow attorneys, staff, and clients. While we are sad to lose him as a colleague in the office, we are very excited for Mike as he takes this next step. Please join us in extending best wishes to him.
Christopher J. Johnson, a co-founding shareholder of the law firm of Johnson, Rosati, Schultz & Joppich, has retired from the firm and has joined the staff of the Michigan Municipal League as general counsel.
“We will miss Chris,” said Carol Rosati, co-founder and managing shareholder at the firm. “We wish him all the best, confident that we will cross paths with him as we pursue our common goal of protecting the legal interests of Michigan communities.”
Johnson and Rosati founded the firm in 1993 to specialize in representing local governments. The executive committee is composed of Rosati, Thomas Schultz, Steven Joppich and Laura Amtsbuechler and they are joined by 23 other attorneys. They are a mix of generalists, serving as the primary counsel for communities, and specialists in nearly every element of municipal law.
“We have several lawyers who can easily step in and represent the communities Chris served,” Rosati said.
Rosati said the firm will change its name to Rosati, Schultz, Joppich, Amtsbuechler.
Founded in 1993, Johnson, Rosati, Schultz and Joppich has offices in Farmington Hills and Lansing. Its clients include cities, villages, townships, local authorities and commissions and regional agencies. Through the Michigan Municipal Risk Management Authority, the firm provides litigation defense to communities across the state.
Johnson, Rosati, Schultz & Joppich, PC is pleased to announce the addition of Lisa A. Anderson to our Farmington Hills office. Lisa joins the firm as an associate attorney concentrating her practice in the areas of municipal, zoning, and land use law and litigation. Lisa received her juris doctor summa cum laude from the University of Detroit Mercy and her bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University. Prior to joining the firm, Lisa served as a judicial law clerk with the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. Following this clerkship, Lisa completed a second federal clerkship with the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. During her tenure as a law clerk, Lisa worked on a wide array of civil matters involving constitutional and civil rights, police practices, government immunity, and employment law.
Johnson, Rosati, Schultz & Joppich, P.C. has been chosen to be Dover Township's legal counsel.
We are pleased to announce that another new attorney started with the firm on July 17, 2012. Gary L. Dovre is an exceptionally experienced municipal lawyer with a stellar reputation who has been representing cities, villages, and townships in Oakland County and elsewhere for more than 25 years. His curriculum vitae runs the gamut from covering meetings to litigation to all the day-to-day work of ordinance and contract drafting and OMA/FOIA and the like.
The Firm was recently selected as general counsel for the Charter Township of Highland located in northwestern Oakland County.
Patrick Aseltyne has been approved as a mediator for the Western District of the United States District Court. Extensive training is required to apply for approval as well as yearly updated courses for continuing service as a mediator.
The Firm was recently selected as general counsel for the Oakland County Community Mental Health Authority. The Authority is one of the largest in the State. It serves Oakland County by providing mental health services to adults with serious mental illness, children with emotional disturbances and persons with developmental disabilities.
The Michigan Municipal Risk Management Authority (MMRMA) has received a first place award in the pool category from the Public Risk Management Association (PRIMA) for their DVD resource, “Anatomy of a Lawsuit.” The DVD is an hour-long resource which explains steps of the litigation process to lay people to give them an idea of what to expect if they ever become a party to a lawsuit. Three attorneys from the firm appeared in the video. Michael Rosati appeared on the DVD as moderator, Christopher Johnson played the role of one of the defense lawyers in the presentation, and Laura Amtsbuechler appeared in the video playing the role of one of the plaintiff's counsel. The award was presented to the MMRMA at the annual meeting of PRIMA in Las Vegas on June 11, 2006.