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Daniel A. Klemptner and Ken Galica successfully defended two companion cases in the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. The cases involved claims of employment discrimination and retaliation where Plaintiffs alleged that they were terminated for engaging in speech that is protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. The Court agreed with Defendants’ argument that Plaintiffs’ interests in making their statements did not outweigh the need for Defendants to maintain an orderly workplace that is free from the disruptions that the speech may have caused. In conclusion, the Court sided with Defendants and ruled that Plaintiffs’ activities were not protected by the First Amendment, and that Defendants’ actions were lawful and performed for legitimate business reasons.

The Firm has received a Tier 1 ranking in the 2017 Edition of the U.S. News -  Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms" for Litigation-Municipal and Municipal Law in the Troy region.  It has also received a Tier 2 ranking for Lansing in Mediation and a Tier 3 ranking for Litigation - Real Estate in the Troy region.  Five of the Firm's attorneys have been listed in the The Best Lawyers in America© 2017:  Carol A. Rosati (Litigation-Municipal and Municipal Law), Thomas R. Schultz (Litigation-Municipal and Municipal Law), Steven P. Joppich (Litigation-Real Estate and Municipal Law), Patrick A. Aseltyne (Mediation) and Gary L. Dovre (Litigation-Municipal and Municipal Law). Carol A. Rosati was also recognized as the 2017 Litigation-Municipal "Lawyer of the Year" in the Troy region.

Carol A. Rosati and Daniel A. Klemptner authored an article for the Michigan Public Risk Management Association August 2016 newsletter entitled: "The 'Sign' of Change: The Impact of Reed v Town of Gilbert On Local Sign Regulations."

Eleven of the Firm's attorneys have been recognized by publisher Thomson Reuters as distinguished attorneys in their fields.  Carol A. Rosati was named to the Michigan "Top 50 Women" List.  Ms. Rosati, Thomas R. Schultz, Steven P. JoppichPatrick A. Aseltyne, Margaret T. Debler and Gary L. Dovre were named as 2016 Super Lawyers in the area of State, Local & Municipal.  Laura S. Amtsbuechler was recognized as a 2016 Super Lawyer for her practice in the field of Employee Litigation: Defense.  Michael E. Rosati was named 2016 Super Lawyer in the area of Civil Rights.  Holly S. Battersby and Andrew J. Brege were named Rising Stars in the area of State, Local & Municipal.  Finally, Daniel Klemptner was named as Rising Star in the practice area of Employment & Labor.  

Laura S. Amtsbuechler and Laura Bailey Brown co-presented at the 2016 Michigan Municipal Risk Management Authority Winter Workshop - "EEOC Claims & Avoiding Hostile Work Environments".

The Firm has been recognized in Corp America's 2016 Legal Elite Awards receiving awards as "Most Highly Regarded Litigation Firm - Michigan" and "Best Zoning & Land Use Defense - Michigan".

In April 2016, Marcelyn A. Stepanski was honored in Washington D.C. by the International Municipal Lawyers Association with its Amicus Service Award for preparation of an amicus brief in the United States Supreme Court.

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 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).

Carol Rosati and Michael Rosati were speakers at the MIPRIMA conference on November 5, 2015 at the Inn at St. John’s.  Carol presented a review of land use litigation issues, and Michael provided an update on governmental immunity.

Eleven of the Firm's attorneys have been recognized by Thomson Reuters as distinguished attorneys in their field 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 all received Super Lawyer designations.  Daniel A. Klemptner, Holly S. Battersby and Shaina Reed were named as Rising Stars.  Carol A. Rosati was also named on the lists for Michigan "Top 100",  "Top 50 Women", and "Top 25 Women".

Carol A. Rosati and Lisa A. Anderson prevailed in a challenge to a Zoning Board of Appeals’ decision to deny a variance to an off-street parking ordinance, successfully defending the city’s right to enforce its zoning ordinance.

Carol A. Rosati and Lisa A. Anderson successfully represented a local Zoning Board of Appeals in defending its decision to grant a dimensional variance to the ordinary high water mark setback to allow for the addition of a garage on lakefront property.

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 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.
 
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.

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.

S. Randall Field and Marcelyn A. Stepanski prevailed in a published case in the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in a use of force case involving a knee strike and deployment of a taser to secure an actively-resisting subject. 

Michael E. Rosati and Holly S. Battersby presented "The Impact of Video Evidence on Police Litigation" on January 28, 2015 at the Michigan Local Government Management Association Winter Institute.

Michael E. Rosati and Holly S. Battersby presented "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Litigation" at the Joint Committees Meeting in October 2014.

Stephanie Simon Morita presented on Property Tax Hot Hot Hot Topics at the 2014 Michigan Tax Conference on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 

Eleven of the Firm's attorneys have been recognized by publisher Thomson Reuters as distinguished attorneys in their fields.  Carol A. Rosati was named to the Michigan "Top 100" and "Top 50 Women" Lists.   Ms. Rosati, Thomas R. Schultz, Steven P. Joppich, Michael E. Rosati, Patrick A. Aseltyne, Margaret T. Debler and Gary L. Dovre, were named as 2014 Super Lawyers in the area of State/Local/Municipalities.  Laura S. Amtsbuechler was recognized as a 2014 Super Lawyer for her practice in the field of Employee Litigation  Defense.  Holly S. Battersby was named Rising Star in the area of State/Local/Municipalities.  Finally, Daniel Klemptner and Shaina Reed were named as Rising Stars in the practice areas of Employment & Labor. 

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.

Michael E. Rosati was a featured speaker at the State Bar of Michigan Public Corporation Law Section 2014 Winter Seminar, presenting “Government Immunity, the Current State of the Law and its Impact on Municipalities”.

Johnson, Rosati, Schultz & Joppich, P.C. has been chosen to be Dover Township's legal counsel. 

Laura S. Amtsbuechler and Daniel A. Klemptner co-presented at the MMRMA 2014 Risk Management Workshop regarding social media policies and employment-related issues.  

Laura S. Amtsbuechler was a co-presenter at the Michigan Township Association February 2014 Legal Institute regarding new problems in employment law.  

On January 21, 2014, Patrick A. Aseltyne made a presentation to the United County Officers Association of Michigan on the subject of Employment Law and ADA Update.

We are pleased to announce that ten of the Firm's attorneys have been recognized by publisher Thomson Reuters as distinguished attorneys in their fields.  Carol A. Rosati was named to the Michigan "Top 100" and "Top 50 Women" Lists.  She was also named as a 2013 Super Lawyer in the category of Land Use/Zoning.  Ms. Rosati, along with Thomas R. Schultz, Steven P. Joppich, Michael E. Rosati, Patrick A. Aseltyne, Margaret T. Debler and Gary L. Dovre, were named as 2013 Super Lawyers in the area of Government/Cities/Municipalities.  Laura S. Amtsbuechler was recognized as a 2013 Super Lawyer for her practice in the field of Employment Litigation - Defense.  Finally, Holly S. Battersby and Daniel Klemptner were named as Rising Stars in their respective practice areas of Government/Cities/Municipalities and Employment-Labor. 

The Firm has received two Tier 1 rankings in the 2014 Edition of U.S. News - Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" in Detroit for the areas of Municipal Law and Litigation - Municipal.

The Firm is pleased to announce that five of its attorneys have been included in the 2014 Best Lawyers in America:  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).  In addition, Thomas R. Schultz was designated the 2014 Lawyer of the Year in the Detroit area Litigation – Municipal, and Gary L. Dovre was named 2014 Lawyer of the Year in the Detroit area in Municipal Law.

In August 2013, Laura S. Amtsbuechler presented at the Annual MAMA/PCLS Summer Educational Conference regarding employment law issues related to the ADA, FMLA and Workers Compensation.

Michael E. Rosati presented "Electronic Discovery for Human Beings and The Internet Privacy Protection Act" at the 2013 Michigan Communication Director's Association 911 Summer Kick Off. (The Michigan Communication Director's Association runs 911 services throughout the State of Michigan.)

We are pleased to announce that Carol A. Rosati, a member of our Municipal Team, has been appointed to serve as General Counsel for Huntington Woods.

We are pleased to announce that Gary L. Dovre, a member of our Municipal Team, has been appointed to serve as General Counsel for the Charter Township of Waterford.

Carol A. Rosati has become a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.  Selection as a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation is recognition of a lawyer whose career has demonstrated extraordinary leadership in the profession, service to society and commitment to the ideals and objectives of the American Bar Association.

U.S. News - Best Lawyers has recognized Johnson Rosati Schultz & Joppich, P.C. as one of America's Best Law Firms for 2013.  The Farmington Hills office received a Tier 1 designation in Municipal Law, and the Lansing office received a Tier 2 designation in Mediation.  Carol A. Rosati was named Best Lawyer in the area of Municipal Law; Thomas R. Schultz was named Best Lawyer in the areas of Municipal Law and Litigation-Municipal; Steven P. Joppich was named Best Lawyer for Municipal Law and Litigation-Real Estate; Patrick A. Aseltyne was named Best Lawyer for Mediation, and Gary L. Dovre was named Best Lawyer for Municipal Law and Litigation-Municipal.

Nine of the firm's attorneys have been recognized by legal publisher Thomson Reuters as distinguished attorneys in their fields.  Carol A. Rosati, Thomas R. Schultz, Steven P. Joppich, Laura S. Amtsbuechler, Michael E. Rosati, Patrick A. Aseltyne, Gary L. Dovre, and Elizabeth Kudla Saarela were named as 2012 Super Lawyers.  Holly S. Battersby was named as a Rising Star. 

In September 2012, Carol A. Rosati and Steven P. Joppich were part of the first graduating class of the Academy of Municipal Attorneys through the Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys.

On September 28, 2012, Michael E. Rosati and Holly S. Battersby presented "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Litigation" at the MMRMA's Annual Joint Committee Meeting in Mt. Pleasant, MI.

The firm is pleased to announce that Lawyer's Weekly selected Carol A. Rosati as one of its 2012 Top 20 Women Leaders in the Law.  This honor is given to a select group of women attorneys who have shown success in their practice, while giving back to the profession, giving back to the community, and maintaining a balance between career and family.

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.

Johnson, Rosati, Schultz & Joppich, P.C. was recently recognized by Lawyers Weekly as being the 40th largest law firm in the State of Michigan.

Three shareholders in the firm have authored chapters in the latest edition of the Michigan Municipal Law book that was published in May 2012 by the Institute of Continuing Legal Education.  Carol A. Rosati authored the section, "Liability of Local Government and Local Officials."  Thomas R. Schultz authored the section, "Limitations on Local Government Under Federal Constitution and Laws."  Steven P. Joppich authored the section, "Power to Formulate Local Policy."  The Michigan Municipal Law book is a comprehensive guide to municipal law in Michigan.

Anne McClorey McLaughlin was a featured speaker at the MMRMA's training workshop, "Sewer Back Ups:  A Practical Guide to Public Act 222."  The half-day workshop addressed developments in the law at the 10-year anniversary of Public Act 222 of 2001, discussing requirements and handling of sewer backup claims and litigation.

Carol A. Rosati and Timothy J. Wilhelm were featured speakers at the 2012 Annual MTA Township Attorney Seminar on January 24, 2012.  They gave an update on the new cases and statutes for the last year in the area of land use.

Laura Amtsbuechler presented "Terminations Due to Budgetary Issues/Position Eliminations" at the Michigan Public Risk Management Association 2011 Fall Educational Program on November 3, 2011.

Christopher J. Johnson and Carlito Young presented a Freedom of Information Act Seminar to the Upper Peninsula members of the Michigan Municipal Risk Management Authority on October 12, 2011 in Escanaba.    

Christopher J. Johnson spoke to the Michigan Sheriff's Association on recent case law developments on October 11, 2011 in Lansing. 

Five of the firm's attorneys have again been recognized by legal publisher Thompson Reuters for distinguished work in their fields.  Carol Rosati was named a 2011 Super Lawyer in the areas of Municipal Law and Land Use/Zoning, and was also rated in the top 50 Women Lawyers in the State of Michigan.  Patrick A. Aseltyne was designated a 2011 Super Lawyer in the areas of Municipal Law.  Michael E. Rosati was named a 2011 Super Lawyer in the field of Municipal Law.  Laura Amtsbuechler was designated as a 2011 Super Lawyer in the area of Employment Defense.

Carol A. Rosati has also been selected a 2012 Top Lawyer by DBusiness and Hour Magazine in the areas of Municipal Law and Land Use/Zoning.

Patrick A. Aseltyne has also been selected for inclusion in the 2011 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the specialty of Alternative Dispute Resolution.  This is the third time he has received this honor.

Carol A. Rosati authored an article for The Risk Journal, published by the Michigan Municipal Risk Management Authority in the June 2011 issue on the Michigan Supreme Court decision in Kyser v Kasson  Township, 486 Mich 514; 786 NW2d 543 (2010).  Ms. Rosati had filed an Amicus Curiae Brief in support of the Township's position in the Michigan Supreme Court.

Carol Rosati and Anne McClorey McLaughlin presented "Medical Marijuana:  Land Use and Law Enforcement Issues" at the annual MMRMA Winter meeting held on March 3, 2011 in Lansing, Michigan.  Laura Amtsbuechler and James Dyer presented on "Downsize/Terminate/Layoff - What to Say."  Chris Johnson also presented at the meeting on the subject of "Exceptions to Governmental Immunity." 

Johnson Rosati is pleased to announce that its lawyers have once again been recognized both in the state and nationally for distinguished work in their fields.  Patrick A. Aseltyne has been selected for inclusion in the 2011 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the specialty of Alternative Dispute Resolution.  This is the third time he has received this honor.  Five of the firm's attorneys have again been recognized by legal publisher Thomson Reuters for distinguished work in their fields.  Carol A. Rosati was named a 2011 Super Lawyer in the area of Land Use/Zoning, and was also rated in the top 50 Women Lawyers in the State of Michigan.  Patrick A. Aseltyne was designated a 2011 Super Lawyer in the area of Government/Cities/Municipalities.  Michael E. Rosati was named a 2011 Super Lawyer in the field of Government/Cities/ Municipalities, Civil Rights/First Amendment.   Laura S. Amtsbuechler was named a 2011 Super Lawyer in the field of Employment Litigation Defense, Government/Cities/ Municipalities, General Litigation.  Super Lawyers are the top 5 percent of attorneys in the state as chosen by their peers and through independent research of the publisher. 

Carol A. Rosati authored an article for The Risk Journal, published by the Michigan Municipal Risk Management Authority in the November 2010 issue on the Michigan Supreme Court decision in Hendee v Putnam Township, 486 Mich 556; 786 NW2d 521 (2010).  Ms. Rosati had filed an Amicus Curiae Brief on behalf of the Township's position in both the Michigan Court of Appeals and the Michigan Supreme Court.

On October 26, 2010, Carlito Young presented an update and overview of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to a meeting of the County 911 Directors in Mount Pleasant. 

On October 15, 2010, Randy Field and Dan Klemptner spoke at the Joint Committees Conference of the MMRMA on the topic of the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, in Litigation.  How the course and trajectory of litigation can change as litigation proceeds.  A good time was had by all!

In early September, 2010, Dan Klemptner served as an instructor to police recruits at the Flint Regional Police Academy on various topics relevant to their careers as future law enforcement professionals including the law and procedures governing searches, seizures, arrest, admissions, confessions, court functions and civil liability.

Johnson Rosati is pleased to announce that its lawyers have once again been recognized both in the state and nationally for distinguished work in their fields.  Patrick A. Aseltyne has been selected for inclusion in the 2010 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the specialty of Alternative Dispute Resolution.  This is the third time he has received this honor.  Five of the firm's attorneys have again been recognized by legal publisher Thomson Reuters for distinguished work in their fields.  Carol A. Rosati was named a 2010 Super Lawyer in the areas of Municipal Law and Land Use/Zoning, and was also rated in the top 50 Women Lawyers in the State of Michigan.  Patrick A. Aseltyne was designated a 2010 Super Lawyer in the area of Municipal Law.  Michael E. Rosati was named a 2010 Super Lawyer in the field of Municipal Law and First Amendment Law.  In addition, Carlito H. Young was selected as a Rising Star for his work in the area of Municipal Law.

Carol A. Rosati  has been selected a 2011 Top Lawyer by DBusiness and Hour Magazine in the areas of Municipal Law, Constitutional Law and Land Use/Zoning.

On August 12, 2010, Randy Field was a guest speaker at the MIPRIMA summer conference.  Randy spoke on the topic of "Employee Theft".  The presentation focused on the role of ego in the thought process of fraud perpetration.

On April 27, 2010, Mike Rosati spoke at the 10th Annual U.P. Law Enforcement/Criminal Justice Administratiors Conference in Escanaba, Michigan.  He gave a presentation on computer use policies and preserving electronic information 

On March 4, 2010, Laura Amtsbuechler made a presentation at the annual MMRMA Winter Meeting, held in Lansing, Michigan on "Termination and Effective Discipline."  Jim Dyer also presented at the meeting on the subject of "Governmental Immunity and Legal Update 2010." 

The following attorneys in Johnson, Rosati, LaBarge,  Aseltyne & Field, P.C. were designated as 2010 Top Lawyers by Hour Magazine and Dbusiness, Southeast Michigan's Journal for Business:  Christopher J. Johnson, Carol A. Rosati, J. Russell LaBarge, S. Randall  Field, Laura S. Amtsbuechler.

Carol A. Rosati was a speaker at the annual ICLE Land Use and Development 2009 Conference held on September 15, 2009.  Her topic was "Exclusionary Zoning:  Statutory or  Common Law."

Patrick A. Aseltyne has been selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2010 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the specialty of Alternative Dispute Resolution.  He was also awarded this honor in the 2009 edition.

Carol A. Rosati, for the fourth consecutive year, have been designated by the national publication "Law & Politics" as Michigan Super Lawyers for 2009. Michael Rosati, for the second consecutive year, was named a Michigan Super Lawyer for 2009. Carol A. Rosati was also named in the Top 50 Women Super Lawyers for 2009.  Super Lawyers are the top 5 percent of attorneys in the state as chosen by their peers and through the independent research of Law & Politics. A statewide survey is conducted of lawyers who have been in practice for more than 5 years and they are asked to nominate the best attorneys they have personally observed in action. The research department of Law & Politics then examines the background and experience of each candidate, searching for evidence of peer recognition and professional achievement. Finally, a blue ribbon panel reviews all the candidates and selects only the top 5 percent of all lawyers in the state to be named as "Super Lawyers."

Christopher Johnson and Carlito Young have recently edited the Michigan Municipal Risk Management Authority's (MMRMA) new "FOIA Coordinator Handbook".  This publication is a work of the MMRMA's Administrative Advisory Committee and was intended to provide FOIA Coordinators with information to answer the numerous FOIA requests received by local units of government.  In addition to the editing, Mr. Young and Mr. Johnson presented FOIA seminars in Howell, Michigan on March 25, 2009; in Okemos, Michigan on May 6, 2009; and in Gaylord, Michigan on June 23, 2009.  Anyone interested in obtaining a copy of the Handbook may do so through the MMRMA.                

Laura Amtsbuechler was a co-presenter regarding Whistleblowers Protection Act issues at the Michigan Municipal Risk Management Authority's winter meeting held in Lansing on March 5, 2009.

Christopher J. Johnson participated in a panel discussion at the Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys Advanced Institute held in Lansing on March 3, 2009.  The topic was the Open Meetings Act and the requirements for public interviews. 

Christopher J. Johnson was an instructor at the Michigan Sheriffs' Association's 2009 New Undersheriffs' School in Lansing, Michigan on February 13, 2009.  He presented information regarding the Freedom of Information Act to approximately 40 new and recently appointed Undersheriffs. 

Christopher J. Johnson was an instructor at the Michigan Sheriffs' Association's New Sheriffs' School in East Lansing, Michigan on December 17, 2008.  He presented information regarding the Michigan Freedom of Information Act to the 30 new Sheriffs that will be taking office on January 1, 2009.

Laura Amtsbuechler was a featured speaker at the Annual Meeting of the Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys in Petoskey on September 30, 2008.  Her topic was "Termination: The Process, the Issues and the Agreement".

Carol A. Rosati is honored by the Michigan Institute of Continuing Education in "This Week in Michigan Law" for her many contributions to the Institute of Continuing Legal Education, including being a co-author of the new Michigan Zoning, Planning and Land Use book recently published by the ICLE. The book was published to provide a resource of current Michigan law in the area, and step-by-step guidance and practical tools for both lawyers and others working with the issues.

Carol A. Rosati was a speaker at the annual ICLE Land Use and Development 2008 Conference held on September 6, 2008.  Her topic was "Land Use Risk Management:  Building Strengths and Recognizing Vulnerabilities."

S. Randall Field successfully defends a City Being Sued by Alleged Whistleblower.  Following a week-long trial in Oakland Circuit Court, a unanimous jury recently returned a "no cause" verdict in favor of Randy Field's client.  The alleged Whistleblower was seeking hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages against the City, his former employer.  This same plaintiff had been very successful in an earlier Whistleblower lawsuit he had brought against another former municipal employer, not represented by Johnson Rosati.  Randy Field attributed the successful outcome to his client's diligence and willingness to follow a prescribed course of action when dealing with this difficult former employee. 

Michael E. Rosati was a presenter at the Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys Advanced Institute on April 1, 2008.  Mr. Rosati spoke regarding the recovery of attorney fees in litigation in both state and federal courts.

Carol A. Rosati was a presenter at the 2008 Michigan Municipal Risk Management Authority's Risk Management Workshop held in Lansing on March 6, 2008.  Her topic was on Zoning - "Practical Tips for Making Defensible Choices".

Michael E. Rosati was a presenter at the Winter Conference of the State Bar of Michigan's Public Corporation Section on February 8, 2008.  He chaired a panel discussion regarding "Risk Management for Police Departments" which included a psychologist expert, and a former police chief and risk manager.

Carol A. Rosati was a presenter at the annual ICLE Land Use and Development Seminar which took place on September 18, 2007. Her Topic was "Presenting a Case to a Planning Commission: A Demonstration".

James Dyer, a member of the Marshall City Council, spent 13 days in Japan as part of the Michigan Shiga Good Will Mission.  The 20+ members of the Mission met with the Lt. Governor of Shiga.  They also visited Koka, the Japanese Sister City to Marshall, Traverse City and DeWitt, Michigan.

Carol A. Rosati and Patrick A. Aseltyne  have been designated by the national publication "Law & Politics" as 2007 Michigan Super Lawyers.    Carol A. Rosati was additionally named in the Top 50 Women Lawyers in Michigan.  Super Lawyers are the top 5 percent of attorneys in the state as chosen by their peers and through the independent research of Law & Politics. A statewide survey is conducted of lawyers who have been in practice for more than 5 years and they are asked to nominate the best attorneys they've personally observed in action. The research department of Law & Politics then examines the background and experience of each candidate, searching for evidence of peer recognition and professional achievement. Finally, a blue ribbon panel reviews all the candidates and selects only 5 percent of the total lawyers in the state to be named as Super Lawyers.

On July 25, 2007 the Macomb County Board of Commissioners announced the creation of a second Blue Ribbon Commission on Lake St. Clair.  J. Russell LaBarge, Jr. was again appointed Chairperson of this 36 person commission consisting of elected and appointed officials from the counties of St. Clair, Oakland, Wayne and Macomb and the province of Ontario, academics and private interested parties.  Mr. LaBarge also served as Chairperson of the first Blue Ribbon Commission on Lake St. Clair established in 1997. 

Patrick Aseltyne presented "Employment Litigation - How to Avoid It and How to Deal With It" on May 30, 2007 at the May Training Session of the United County Clerks Association in Grand Rapids, Michigan. 

Carol A. Rosati presented a training workshop to the City of Sylvan Lake Zoning Board of Appeals on April 26, 2007.

James Dyer has  been elected to the Marshall City Council for a four year term.  He previously served the city  for ten years on the Zoning Board of Appeals and the Planning Commission.

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 Charter Township of Highland located in northwestern Oakland County.

Carol A. Rosati was a speaker at the MTA Annual Conference, Legal Institute for Township Attorneys, at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center on Tuesday, January 23, 2007.  Her topic was:  Damages Lawsuits and Land Use Disputes:  The Principle Defenses

Michael Rosati and Laura Amtsbuechler presented a one day workshop entitled Computer Research and Records on January 12, 2007at Detroit College of Law at MSU in East Lansing.  Topics include Legal Research on the Internet as well as Electronic Record Retention, Disclosure and Discovery.  

Carol A. Rosati has been appointed to the Charter Township of Bloomfield Zoning Board of Appeal as an Alternate Member.

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.

Carol A. Rosati has been designated by the national publication "Law & Politics" as 2006 Michigan Super Lawyers

The firm was recently named to the 2006 Pro Bono Circle of Excellence for its contributions of attorney time and financial aid for legal services to low-income individuals and families.

At the Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys Summer Conference on Mackinac Island,   Carol A. Rosati was named 2006 Distinguished Municipal Attorney. The award will be presented to her in September by the Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys at the annual Michigan Municipal League conference.

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.

The firm was recently selected as general counsel for the Michigan Universities Self-Insurance Corporation (M.U.S.I.C.)   MUSIC is a self-insurance pool for eleven public universities in the state.

The Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys Summer Conference  was held June 23-24 on Mackinaw Island. Laura Amtsbuechler and Michael Rosati participated in a panel discussion of sexual harassment, retaliation and electronic discovery in employment cases.

Russell LaBarge moderated a meeting of the Macomb County Water Quality Board with federal, state and local officials as well as environmental groups in attendance to discuss progress on Blue Ribbon Commission's recommendations.

Christopher  Johnson and Carlito Young presented a seminar on the Freedom of Information Act and the Open Meetings Act to officials in Bay County on May 9, 2006.  The seminar included an overview on responding to FOIA requests and complying with the Open Meetings Act.

Michael Rosati and Christopher Johnson presented  "Anatomy of a Lawsuit" in Sault Ste. Marie on May 24, 2006.

Laura Amtsbuechler, Michael Rosati and Carlito Young have published an article in the Public Corporation Law Quarterly,  Spring 2006 edition, entitled "Electronic Data Discovery In Litigation, and Why You Need To Prepare Now ".

Carol A. Rosati has recently published an article in the Public Corporation Law Quarterly, Winter 2005 edition, entitled "Williamson County,  Paragon and San Remo Hotel: The Current Status  of the Ripeness Doctrine".

Michael  Rosati  presented "Anatomy of a Lawsuit" to a group of county officials on March 24, 2006 in Lansing.

Carol A. Rosati  moderated a seminar entitled "Hot Topics in Municipal Law Practice" in Troy on February 16, 2006. Sponsored by the Institute of Continuing Legal Education, topics include First Amendment Issues, Municipal Employment, Freedom of Information and Open Meetings Acts, Qualified Immunity Defense and Eminent Domain. Michael Rosati presented the section dealing with current developments involving the Qualified Immunity Defense.