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Susan MacGregor and Susan Zitterman Team Up on Obtaining Dismissal of U.P. Civil Rights Officer Shooting Claim in Federal District and Appellate Courts

August, 2017

Susan MacGregor, of the Kitch Marquette, Michigan office, was granted dismissal by summary judgment in a Section 1983 Civil Rights action filed in the U.S. District Court, Western District, Northern Division.   Sue Zitterman,  head of the Kitch Appellate practice group, successfully defended an appeal of that dismissal in the 6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals.   The case involved a plaintiff’s decedent,  who was shot and killed by a police officer during a standoff, after a car chase in rural Michigan.   Geoffrey Fieger’s office, from the Detroit area, brought suit on behalf of the decedent’s family, alleging the officer used excessive force.  The entire event, which included a high speed chase, was recorded on the officer’s dash cam and received significant media attention. The Sixth Circuit in a 2-1 decision affirmed the trial court’s dismissal, finding that the officer’s actions did not violate clearly established law. 

Susan MacGregor is head of the firm's Upper Michigan office in Marquette.  She works in a variety of different practice areas, including health care, medical malpractice defense, employment law, governmental tort liability and workers' compensation. Ms. MacGregor is licensed to practice law in Michigan and the U.S. District Courts of Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan and the U.S. Court of Appeals Sixth Circuit. She has served as an adjunct faculty member of Northern Michigan University and the Michigan Technical Education Center (M-TEC), and is a frequent contributor to "Upper Peninsula Business Today".

Susan Healy Zitterman leads the firm’s appellate practice and has been with the firm since 1983. Ms. Zitterman concentrates her practice on appellate and complex litigation and trial support in cases originating with the Kitch firm, as well as those being handled at the trial court level by other firms. During her notable career, she has represented clients successfully in cases resulting in published decisions impacting Michigan law in areas of employment discrimination, medical malpractice, tort reform, commercial litigation and product liability.  In addition to her distinguished work in the appellate courts, Ms. Zitterman was appointed by the Michigan Supreme Court to serve on the Model Civil Jury Instructions Committee from 2001 through 2009.  Ms. Zitterman has published several articles on critical legal issues faced by healthcare institutions, particularly tort reform.