Kitch - Attorneys & Counselors


The Kitch firm's governmental practice approaches complex governmental, private and nonprofit client issues with a proven and successful multi-disciplinary approach incorporating one or more of the following:

  • Litigation in state and federal courts
  • Regulatory and administrative negotiation and litigation before state agencies
  • Lobbying and public relations at the local, state and federal legislative and executive levels.

Municipal Client Issues
The firm has represented dozens of local municipalities, counties, school systems and universities in matters including:

Telecommunications.  Negotiation and drafting of the Michigan Metro Act and proposed amendments thereto, ongoing collaboration with the Metro Authority and Public Service Commission, negotiation and drafting of amendments to the Michigan and Federal Telecommunications Acts, FCC filings on cable franchising, development of a municipal dark fiber ring project, Cable Franchise Fee/Headlee Tax Litigation, cable franchise negotiation and maintenance.

General Commercial and Tort Litigation.  CSO projects, insurance coverage, civil rights, employment, police liability, corporate formation and dissolution of multi-city authority via litigation and legislative initiatives, federal and state funding issues, general liability, construction, FOIA, OMA, taxation, constitutional claims, municipal bonds and school liability.

Public Corporate Compliance.  Construction document preparation, ordinance drafting, regulatory compliance across a broad spectrum of issues.

Private and Non-Profit Client Issues

Utilizing our experience and relationships with local, state and federal government, we represent private industry as well as nonprofit and for-profit healthcare entities in a variety of issues including regulatory and legislative matters involving corporate compliance, Attorney General and civil rights investigations, public utility rate regulation, tax exemption, healthcare investigation and regulation, consumer protection, legislative initiatives including tort reform, Federal Fair Housing Act, and municipal bond litigation.

Kitch firm attorneys have relationships with numerous large and small Michigan municipalities, as well as key state and local associations, including the Michigan Governor's Office, Michigan Attorney General, key federal and state legislative leaders, Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Growth, Michigan Public Service Commission staff and commissioners, Bureau of Automotive Regulation, Metro Authority, Michigan Tax Tribunal, and municipal, state and federal trial and appellate courts.

Our government attorneys work extensively with the firm's commercial litigation, labor and employment, and corporate attorneys, achieving a true multi-disciplinary approach to public and private sector client problem-solving.


Michael Watza
T (313) 965-7983