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Michigan Legal Services

Best Law Firms by U.S. NewsThe lawyers of Fahey Schultz Burzych Rhodes PLC have more than 150 years of combined experience representing municipalities and drain commissioners, libraries and authorities,  franchisors and franchisees, businesses, employers, and public utilities. With our breadth and depth of experience and proficiency, plus our emphasis on timely service, our attorneys can successfully provide focused, economical services to our clients.

Municipal Law Services

Our experience in providing legal services to municipalities is unmatched in Michigan.  We serve over 150 municipalities on every issue they may face:

  • Land use and zoning issues, including ordinance drafting and enforcement
  • Freedom of Information Act and Open Meetings Act assistance
  • Representation of County Drain Commissioners and Drain Commission authorities related to Michigan's Drain Code
  • Drafting of ballot measures, ordinances, and resolutions
  • Presentation and defense of property tax claims in the Michigan Tax Tribunal
  • Awareness and preparation for issues relating to Downtown Development Authorities, Community Mental Health Authorities, Emergency Services Authorities, and Local Finance Development Authorities
  • Eminent domain and condemnation issues

Business Law Services

Our Business and Franchise Practice Group is recognized across Michigan.  Focusing on franchised businesses, business planning, and liquor licensing, our service offerings include:

  • Complete assistance with franchise development, acquisition, and promotion
  • Business planning and organization including exit strategy planning, business mergers, and finance
  • Intellectual property consulting and representation, practicing trademark and copyright protection
  • Representation on liquor license acquisition and sale as well as regulation and enforcement matters

Labor and Employment Law Services

Our team represents management in labor and employment matters statewide:

  • Collective bargaining and grievance arbitration
  • Basic guidance on interactions with union and non-union employees, including policy preparation and addressing union organizing
  • Representation in unemployment compensation
  • Representation before the EEOC, Michigan Department of Civil Right and the state and federal Wage and Hour Divisions

Public Utility Law Services

Fahey Schultz Burzych Rhodes represents Michigan's largest public utility in regulatory matters before the Michigan Public Service Commission involving electric and natural gas services. Our representation addresses matters involving ratemaking, complaints, terms of service, sources of generation, and appeals of Michigan Public Service Commission decisions.  This skill gives our municipal and other clients the benefit of public utility experience should they face related issues.

Litigation Services

In connection with our core practice areas, we provide full service litigation consulting and representation before all Michigan state and federal civil and administrative courts from complaint to appeal.  Our goal, of course, is to avoid litigation where possible through early intervention and counsel, but if necessary, we have the trial and appellate experience needed to defend our clients' interests.

    We invite you to explore our legal services and learn a bit more about the Michigan lawyers who provide them in the links at left.  Feel free to contact us with questions or to discuss your situation.

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