Retired Michigan Tax Tribunal Judge Stuart Trager serves of counsel to the Kitch firm. His practice focuses on property tax appeals, zoning, land use and all manner of complex local governmental related litigation and regulation.
As a retired judge, he is knowledgeable and skillful in the handling of commercial and residential real property tax assessment appeals. He was formerly supervisor of the Tax and Revenue Collection section of the City of Detroit Law Department. He oversaw the defense of property tax assessments and worked directly with the city of Detroit assessors . Also, the tax section administered the collection of delinquent real property taxes, income tax, and accounts receivable. Mr. Trager had direct contact with the mayor's office, the finance director, the city treasurer, and other client department heads in order to coordinate tax collection and tax collection policy issues.
Based on his extensive experience Mr. Trager can assist in handling many issues involving local governments in southeastern Michigan. He has more than 35 years of experience in litigation and municipal corporate matters including commercial and residential tax assessments, zoning and land use, and contract law. He has represented clients in state and federal courts. His clients included municipalities, primarily in southeastern Michigan, corporations and private parties. The matters include property tax appeals, land use, zoning, inverse condemnation, and construction contract litigation.
His varied experience even includes representing city of Detroit police officers in civil misconduct cases.
He serves as a case evaluator in Wayne and Oakland counties. He is trained and certified as a mediator.
He earned his J.D. from University of Detroit and his undergraduate degree from Wayne State University and is admitted to practice law in Michigan and the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan.