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Johnson named general counsel to Michigan Municipal League

Christopher J. Johnson, a co-founding shareholder of the law firm of Johnson, Rosati, Schultz & Joppich, has retired from  the firm and has joined  the staff of the Michigan Municipal League as general counsel.

As general counsel, Johnson will provide legal advice to the League’s executive director and board of trustees, and oversight of legal programs and staff. Johnson also will play an integral role in the ongoing development, implementation and evolution of the League’s overarching mission. He succeeds William Mathewson, who retired from the League as general counsel this summer after serving the organization in a variety of roles for more than 40 years.

Johnson served as the mayor of Northville from 1987 to 2015 and was awarded the Citizen of the Year by Northville Chamber of Commerce (2015). He served on the Northville Board of Education from 1976 to 1987. In 2010, he was named Top Lawyer by Hour Magazine and DBusiness, Southeast Michigan's Journal for Business.

“I’ve worked closely with the League both as a former mayor and as an attorney for years and to now be a part of the outstanding League staff is truly an honor,” Johnson said. “I look forward to helping the League serve its member communities.”

“We will miss Chris,” said Carol Rosati, co-founder and managing shareholder at the firm. “We wish him all the best, confident that we will cross paths with him as we pursue our common goal of protecting the legal interests of Michigan communities.”

Johnson and Rosati founded the firm in 1993 to specialize in representing local governments. The executive committee is composed of Rosati, Thomas Schultz, Steven Joppich and Laura Amtsbuechler and they are joined by 23 other attorneys.

Rosati said the firm will change its name to Rosati, Schultz, Joppich, Amtsbuechler.


Detroit Mercy Law to host 2018 Homecoming Golf Outing Sept. 28

Detroit Mercy Law will sponsor the 2018 Homecoming Golf Outing starting at 11 a.m. Friday, September 28 at The Inn at St. John’s, 44045 5 Mile Rd. in Plymouth. Proceeds will benefit the School of Law’s Student Scholarship Fund. Detroit Mercy Law and its Alumni Association will honor two distinguished alumnae during the dinner program. The Hon. Michael J. Riordan (’90) will receive the Time and Talent Award, and Rosa A. Weaver (’13) will receive the Rising Star Award. The price for students is $75 per person, $125 for non-students before Sept. 1, and $140 for non-students after September 1. Dinner only guests pay $40 each. Register at http://www.law.udmercy.edu/. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. For more information contact Amy K. Smith  at (313) 596-0207 or Rebecca Simkins Nowak at (313) 596.9409.