Municipal Law Overview

Since 1965, Cummings, McClorey, Davis & Acho, P.L.C. (CMDA) has represented municipalities – counties, cities, townships, and villages – and their employees. Such representation extends to municipality-created divisions, commissions, departments, boards, and authorities. Courts and judges, judicial councils, community colleges, county road commissions, public school systems, public libraries, and risk management pools are also among CMDA’s municipal clients.

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Appeals, Research and Writing

Cummings, McClorey, Davis & Acho, P.L.C. (CMDA) has a group of highly skilled attorneys who exclusively handle appellate matters. An appeal gives a second chance to a losing party. However, appellate procedures can be complicated, confusing and time consuming. For these reasons, it is crucial that any person considering an appeal must have competent, experienced appellate counsel. Appellate work is challenging and requires special skills. The experienced attorneys in CMDA’s […]

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County Road Law

Attorneys at Cummings, McClorey, Davis & Acho, P.L.C. (CMDA) have a long and proven track-record of representing county road commissions throughout Michigan in matters such as Act 51, Michigan highway law, labor negotiations, labor and employment law, land use and zoning, construction, condemnation, growth management, FOIA/OMA, tort law, public works, and many other municipal specialties. CMDA understands the challenges currently facing many county road commissions. You want what is best […]

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Employment and Labor Law

EEOC and MDCR Charges Our Firm’s positive representation of clients in federal and state civil rights charges before the Equal Employment and Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Michigan Department of Civil Rights (MDCR) gives our lawyers the ability to respond rapidly to the particular needs of employers. Issues handled by attorneys at Cummings, McClorey, Davis & Acho, P.L.C. (CMDA) include sex, race, age, religious, ethnic, and disability discrimination/harassment under the […]

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Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and Open Meetings Act (OMA)

Attorneys at Cummings, McClorey, Davis & Acho, P.L.C. (CMDA) have in-depth knowledge of both the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and the Open Meetings Act (OMA) and have defended clients in cases stemming from alleged violations. We explain to clients when closed meetings may be had, what information may be discussed, and how the minutes from those meetings must be prepared and stored. CMDA has prepared hundreds of responses to […]

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General Municipal Liability

Since 1965, Cummings, McClorey, Davis & Acho, P.L.C. (CMDA) has provided general counsel and liability defense to hundreds of municipalities. CMDA serves as defense counsel to many municipalities and to the Michigan Municipal Risk Management Authority (MMRMA), the largest municipal self-insurance pool in Michigan with membership of more than 300 municipalities. CMDA attorneys assist municipal clients with analysis and management of intergovernmental relations, development of strategic plans, and facilitation of […]

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Grant Administration

Attorneys at Cummings, McClorey, Davis & Acho, P.L.C. (CMDA) work with a client base as diverse as the array of recipients of federal funds, including for profit and not-for-profit organizations, local governments, colleges and universities, research institutions, and various health care and education entities. Our Firm has experience in pre- and post-award matters, such as financial and program requirements, procurements, property, termination, and enforcement.

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Intergovernmental Cooperation Agreements

Many municipalities throughout Michigan are still reeling from the affects decreased housing values have had on tax revenues. Counties, cities, townships and villages have all been forced to adjust budgets and, in many situations, cut back on services provided to residents. Countless municipalities are entering into intergovernmental agreements between two or more entities for the provision of services and programs. Attorneys at Cummings, McClorey, Davis & Acho, P.L.C. (CMDA) assist […]

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Ordinance Drafting and Code Enforcement

The implementation of ordinances and codes can sometimes present issues of interpretation and application for departments within a governmental entity. A poorly drafted ordinance can result in costly litigation. Attorneys at Cummings, McClorey, Davis & Acho, P.L.C. (CMDA) take an integrated approach by combining the resources of the enforcement officers and other municipal personnel. A coordinated effort among these groups helps to ensure the policies underlying the adoption of the […]

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Public Act 312 Arbitration and Mediation/Fact Finding

Attorneys at Cummings, McClorey, Davis & Acho, P.L.C. (CMDA) have successfully represented several municipal police and fire unions in Public Act 312 compulsory arbitration proceedings. We have extensive experience in all phases of the process and are familiar with Act 312 arbitrators and their arbitral decision- making. We save governmental entities substantial fees and avoid costly awards by successfully negotiating resolutions to matters during Public Act 312 compulsory arbitration proceedings.

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