Stephanie Simon Morita

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Stephanie Simon Morita concentrates her practice in municipal law, local taxation law, and property tax appeal defense.  Ms. Morita 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.  Her 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.  

Contact Information

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

Practice Areas

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

Professional Activities / Memberships

  • 2008-2013 - Member of the Council for the Appellate Practice Section of the State Bar of Michigan since 2008
  • 2011-2013 - Secretary of the Appellate Practice Section Council
  • 2013 – Treasurer of the Appellate Practice Section Council
  • Member of the State and Local Taxation Committee of the Real Property Section of the State Bar of Michigan
  • Member of the Zoning and Land Use Committee of the Real Property Section of the State Bar of Michigan
  • State Bar of Michigan

Community Activities / Involvement

  • City of Rochester Hills City Council
  • 2007-2013 - City of Rochester Hills Brownfield Redevelopment Authority

Publications / Presentations

  • Co-Author, "What Judges Say About How to Brief That Arcane Appeal (and Practically Everything Else)" – Michigan Bar Journal, February 2013
  • Co-Author, “Vacation of Platted Land Dedicated for Public Use” - Public Corporation Law Quarterly, Dec. 1999, and reprinted with permission in the Michigan Real Property Review, Spring 2000. 
  • Presenter - 2002 National Business Institute’s Seminar on Property Tax Law in Michigan.
  • Presenter - 2003 National Business Institute’s Seminar on Property Tax Law in Michigan.
  • Presenter - 2003 Institute for Professionals in Taxation Michigan One-Day Tax Update Seminar.
  • Author, “Basement Flooding Claims Under Public Act 222 of 2001” - Nov. 2002 Edition of Laches, published by the Oakland County Bar Association.
  • Author, “Free Beer – A Truly Intriguing Tale of Property Taxation and Foreclosure” - July 2008 Edition of Laches, published by the Oakland County Bar Association.
  • Presenter - Appellate Practice Section May, 2011 Seminar on the “Economics of Appellate Practice”.
Awards / Honors
  • 2013 – Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent