Margaret T. Debler

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Margaret T. Debler is a firm Shareholder, working out of the Farmington Hills office.  She concentrates her practice in the areas of civil rights defense litigation, and the defense of state law claims against municipalities including police misconduct, defective sidewalks, roads, and public buildings, as well as suits filed alleging negligent operation of a motor vehicle.  She specializes in defending the actions taken by police officers and other law enforcement officials in pursuit of their official duties.  Ms. Debler has successfully tried cases in defense of police officers, both in federal and state courts, obtaining no cause and directed verdicts. 

Ms. Debler has also continued to advocate her clients' interests in appellate courts, arguing in both the Michigan Court of Appeals and 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati, OH, obtaining the desired outcomes.  She has been AV-rated Preeminent through the Martindale-Hubbell Peer Ratings System.  She has been appointed a Special Assistant Attorney General.  Before joining the firm in 1993, Ms. Debler acquired experience defending school districts throughout the state, spoke at state and national conferences, and published on student search and seizure issues.  She is now actively involved in her children's schools, both public and parochial, the local YMCA, and as a volunteer soccer coach.

Contact Information

Farmington Hills Office
Phone: (248) 489-4100
Fax: (248) 489-1726

Practice Areas

Experience / Expertise

  • Legal liability in law enforcement and corrections
  • Municipal property maintenance issues

Education

  • University of Detroit (now University of Detroit Mercy), JD 1990
  • University of Michigan, BA in Political Science, 1987

Professional Activities / Memberships

  • Admitted to practice in the States of Illinois and Michigan
  • Eastern District, Western District and 6th Circuit Court of Appeals

Awards

  • 2013-2017  - Selected as a Michigan Super Lawyer by Thomson Reuters
  • 2013 - Named as a Top Lawyer by dBusiness and Hour Magazine in the area of Municipal Law

Publications / Presentations

  • Contributor to manual of Educational Risk Management
  • Speaker at local and national conferences dealing with legal problems in education