Shifman & Carlson, P.C. represents and advises municipalities in virtually all areas of municipal law. The business of our firm is, and has for many years been the provision of legal services to governmental entities. Our Michigan municipal attorneys have the experience and dedication to meet the needs of municipalities in Michigan.
We serve as general counsel, outside counsel or special counsel for our municipal clients. Representation ranges from basic public sector issues such as Michigan's Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), and Open Meetings Act (OMA) to more specialized issues, including zoning, property tax assessments and appeals, labor, litigation, property acquisition, construction litigation, bidding issues, building and fire code matters, and historic preservation.
Our expertise includes drafting ordinances, negotiating contracts, and trying cases. The firm has represented municipalities in litigation in all courts and most administrative agencies. We have handled appeals dealing with constitutional issues, at both the state and federal levels. In addition, the firm is qualified and experienced in municipal finance, including acting as nationally-recognized bond counsel or note counsel on municipal and school borrowings. Through its many years of practical and hands-on experience, Shifman & Carlson, P.C. is among the leaders in the representation and counseling of municipalities throughout Michigan.
The firm was founded in 1963 and has over 100 years in practice combined, possessing the resources to deal with the various issues that face municipalities throughout the state. Careful planning and successful negotiations can help resolve situations and avoid future problems. As cities grow and change, an experienced and established legal firm present at each step can make a difference in the results. The firm's capabilities to deal with simple legal issues and large and complex matters involving school districts, municipal codes, municipal & school finance, and other major issues has led to our high success rate for our clients. We understand that each situation is unique and we offer professional representation on behalf of our clients in the public sector. The firm is creative in problem solving and we attempt to resolve situations as economically and expeditiously as possible. Countless municipal clients have relied on our professional legal advice and guidance.
Serving MI Since 1963 – 100+ Years of Combined Experience
Top Rating For Ethics & Legal Ability (AV® Rating)
Selected for Inclusion in DBusiness Top Lawyers
Representing Individuals, Businesses, Municipalities & Schools
Two Office Locations: Farmington Hills & Grand Rapids