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Governmental Law Services

Governmental Law


With more than 100 years of combined experience, our attorneys possess a thorough grasp of governmental immunity, civil rights, police powers, constitutional rights, the public’s right to know, eminent domain, and the public relations that necessarily accompany the furnishing of public services.

In addition to understanding the legal complexities arising from these issues, we have substantial practical experience in applying them to real-world situations. This enables us to serve clients in a manner that is efficient and cost-effective while withstanding public scrutiny and enhancing public trust.

We also offer in-depth experience and insight in roadway maintenance and design, automobile safety, accident reconstruction, and roadway rights of way. Approximately 75% of the road commissions in Michigan, as well as many municipalities and developers, have relied on us for counsel and the defense of roadway related litigation.


Our services to governmental law clients are further enhanced by our access to Smith Haughey attorneys practicing in the areas of public sector labor and employment law, real estate law, construction law, product liability and workers' compensation.


The broad range of legal services we provide includes defense against claims alleging:

    Violation of civil rights
    False arrest
    Excessive force
    False imprisonment
    Constitutional claims
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