Administrative Law

The firm has an extensive statewide administrative law practice that includes representing clients at hearings at the local, state, and federal level. Some of the firm’s shareholders have served by contract as administrative law judges for the Michigan Insurance Bureau, Corporations Division of the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (formerly known as Labor and Economic Growth), and Michigan Gaming Control Board.

The firm’s administrative law services include advising and assisting clients in the following:

  • Adoption and modification of agency rules and regulations
  • Obtaining occupational and business licenses, certificates of need for health care facilities, certificates of public convenience and necessity for utility and pipeline facilities, and other state, federal and local licenses and permits
  • Defending clients regarding environmental enforcement matters and other enforcement actions
  • Regulated industry hearings (public utilities, oil and gas)
  • Appeals to state and federal court from adverse administrative action

The firm’s administrative law practice covers the entire spectrum of administrative law. It ranges from general occupational licensing matters to representing clients in very specialized administrative hearings.

Some of the state agencies covered by our practice areas include the following:

  • Michigan Public Service Commission
  • Michigan Department of Health & Human Service
  • Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy
  • Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
  • Michigan Liquor Control Commission
  • Michigan Tax Tribunal
  • Michigan Insurance Bureau
  • Michigan Supervisor of Wells
  • Michigan Department of Civil Rights
  • Michigan Department of Civil Service
  • Michigan Safety and Regulation Bureau of MIOSHA
  • Michigan Gaming Control Board
  • Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Growth

Some of the federal agencies covered by our practice areas include the following:

  • U.S. Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
  • Federal Communications Commission
  • Environmental Protection Agency

Unique Actions:

The firm has set many precedents in the regulated industry at the appellate level. For example, the firm obtained a Michigan Supreme Court decision that changed the Michigan Liquor Control Commission definition of liquor licenses for club stores.