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Municipal and Local Government Defense

Every day, Michigan municipalities and local governments, as well as their elected officials, administrators, and personnel, must address a host of often-competing demands, priorities, obligations, and constituencies. Given these multifaceted responsibilities and public interactions, litigation is almost inevitable. Effectively defending municipalities and officials in such matters requires courtroom acumen and a complete understanding of the laws and regulations governing their activities. But it also demands an appreciation of the challenges that public officials face when fulfilling their responsibilities and a recognition of the unique role that local governments play as stewards of the public treasury.

Effectiveness and Efficiency Are Not Mutually Exclusive

At Harvey Kruse, P.C., we leverage the talents of our seasoned litigators to provide Michigan local governments, municipalities, public agencies, and officials with robust and strategic defense against a wide range of claims at the trial court and appellate levels. We are committed to providing efficient and cost-effective representation, and our agility and economies of scale allow us to do so without sacrificing quality, responsiveness, and service. This means local governments reap the benefits of our extensive experience and success while remaining prudent with their budgets and finances.

Our attorneys are particularly well-versed in defending local governments in litigation related to alleged acts of police misconduct, 1983 excessive force claims, and other constitutional rights violations. We work closely and collaboratively with law enforcement officers implicated in such matters and develop strategies designed to take full advantage of the governmental immunities and protections the law provides.    

With an Employment Law practice that has a long history of defending employers in complex and high-profile claims, the firm also represents local governments in the full spectrum of disputes that arise in the employment context. We have defended local governments in matters involving discrimination and harassment, including claims brought under Title VII of the Civil. Rights Act of 1964 and the Elliot-Larsen Civil Rights Our experience also includes the defense of constructive discharge claims, allegations of retaliation under the Whistleblower Protection Act, and wage and hour cases. In addition to protecting the interests of local governments in trial and appellate courtrooms, our attorneys regularly appear in administrative hearings before the Michigan Department of Civil Rights and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Michigan municipalities and local governments can count on the litigators at Harvey Kruse, P.C. to defend their interests, budgets, reputations, and constituents.


David B. Roth

Michael J. Guss