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Legislative Alert - Two Notable Bills Headed to Governor's Desk

Two pieces of legislation are headed to the desk of the Governor and, if signed, could impact Michigan’s municipalities.  Read More

Jeff Sluggett Receives "Best Lawyers in America" Recognition

We're proud to announce that Jeff Sluggett has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2017©. Jeff was honored for his work in the area of municipal law.  Read More

We Welcome Mike Christensen

We’re pleased to welcome former District Court Judge, Mike Christensen to our legal team. After decades of experience in the 61st District Court in Grand Rapids, where he presided over criminal and civil matters, and in the Kent County Prosecutor's Office where he worked mainly in the Child Victim Felony Unit, Mike has joined our team as an attorney specializing in ordinance prosecution.  Read More

Jeff Sluggett to Speak at Local Government Academy in Lansing

Jeff Sluggett will be a speaker on May 18th at the Local Government Academy, a three-day seminar for  newer lawyers sponsored by the Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys. The Academy is held in Lansing. Jeff will be speaking on public right of way issues.  Read More

Cliff Bloom's FOX17 Morning Mix Interview for the Upcoming Cottage and Lakefront Living Show Presentations

Cliff Bloom conducted an interview with FOX17 Morning Mix regarding his upcoming presentations at the Cottage and Lakefront Living Show in Grand Rapids for his book Buying and Selling Waterfront Property in Michigan.  See the video below.  Read More

Cliff Bloom's Upcoming Presentations for the Cottage and Lakefront Living Show

Cliff Bloom will be making presentations regarding his book Buying and Selling Waterfront Property in Michigan at the upcoming Michigan Cottage and Lakefront Living Show in Grand Rapids, Michigan, at the DeVos Place Convention Center at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 25, 2016 and again on Saturday, March 26, 2016 at noon.  For more information, visit Read More

2016 Best Law Firm Recipient

We're delighted to announce that we have been recognized as one of 2016's Best Law Firms, by U.S. News & World Report, for our work in the areas of litigation and tax law. This is the second year in a row that we've received this distinguished honor.  Read More

Sign Regulation/U.S. Supreme Court Decision

Recently, in Reed v. Gilbert, the U.S. Supreme Court invalidated a sign ordinance under the First Amendment in a case that may have broad implications for local sign regulations.  Although the case arose in the context of temporary sign regulations, the case may affect any local sign ordinance that distinguishes between signs based on the content of signs.  In light of Reed v. Gilbert, it is important for municipalities to review their sign ordinances to determine if the regulations differentiate between signs based upon the message conveyed by signs.  If so, those ordinance provisions should be reviewed for possible amendment to minimize the risk of legal challenges under the First Amendment.  Please let us know if we can assist you.  Read More

Jeff Sluggett appointed to Advisory Council by the Stauffer-Kentwood Foundation

Jeff Sluggett was recently appointed to an Advisory Council established by the Stauffer-Kentwood Foundation.  The Advisory Council has been tasked with investigating the viability of establishing a community foundation that would serve the greater Kentwood area.

The Michigan Lake & Stream Associations, Inc Annual Convention - 2015

Cliff Bloom will be teaching seminars on May 1 and 2, 2015 at the annual MLSA Convention at Boyne Mountain in Northern Michigan.  The topics will include water/riparian law, buying and selling waterfront property, local government regulation of the waterfront, easements and similar issues.