Municipal Law Practice

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Beier Howlett has been recognized as a leading law firm in its representation of local governmental units for several generations. Several of our firm’s lawyers serve as city attorneys as well as special counsel to other governing bodies. We offer a comprehensive approach to fulfilling municipal legal needs. Whether providing day-to-day legal counsel or developing unique problem-solving solutions, Beier Howlett’s municipal attorneys serve their clients with the attention to detail and cost-effectiveness that they deserve.

Over the past 100 years, Beier Howlett has served a diverse community of municipal clients. Our lawyers have served as defense counsel for the Michigan Municipal Liability Pool and the Michigan Municipal Risk Management Authority. Our municipal clients have included:

  • City of Birmingham (current City Attorney)
  • City of Rochester (current City Attorney)
  • City of Orchard Lake Village (current City Attorney)
  • Wayne County Airport Authority (current Ethics Counsel)
  • City of Pleasant Ridge (Special Counsel)
  • City of Huntington Woods (Special Counsel)
  • West Bloomfield Township (Special Counsel)
  • City of Warren (Special Prosecutor)
  • City of Pontiac Emergency Financial Manager
  • Highland Township Downtown Development Authority
  • Special Counsel for the City of Lapeer
  • Intergovernmental Cable Communications Authority
  • Lapeer Area Cable Communications Authority
  • Birmingham Area Cable Board
  • City of Rochester Hills
  • City of Lake Angelus
  • City of Ferndale
  • The Village of Franklin

The Michigan Municipal League honored our patriarch, the late Dean Beier, as Michigan’s Municipal Lawyer of the Year in one of its early designations. In 2012, CEO Timothy Currier, was also honored with this prestigious award. Our firm’s municipal lawyers continue to be recognized as leaders in these areas and some have been named in the Best Lawyers in America and the Michigan Super Lawyers.

As a testament to Beier Howlett’s commitment to excellence, our municipal attorneys have lectured; written articles; and have been on radio and television concerning municipal, zoning, land use, historic preservation, school law and environmental issues. One of our attorneys authored an annual review of developments in Michigan land use and zoning law, which is the recognized standard source for the Continuing Legal Education of Municipal Attorneys in Michigan.

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  • Cable Television
  • Civil Rights
  • Construction Law
  • Contract Negotiations
  • Corridor Improvement Districts
  • Discipline
  • Downtown Development Authorities
  • Elections
  • Environmental
  • Finance
  • Freedom of Information Act
  • Historic Preservation
  • Inter-Governmental Agreements
  • Labor & Employment
  • Land Divisions
  • Litigation
  • Open Meetings Act
  • Legal Opinions
  • Ordinances
  • Principal Shopping Districts
  • Property Taxation
  • Prosecution
  • Real Estate
  • Sign Regulation
  • Tax Tribunal Representation
  • Telecommunications
  • Tenure
  • Transactions
  • Zoning & Land Use
  • 425 Agreements