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John D. Pirich

Partner
Leader, Appellate Advocacy Practice Group

Education

University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, J.D.
University of Michigan, B.A.

Prior Employment

  • Department of Attorney General, State of Michigan, Assistant Attorney General, 1973-1976

Bar Admissions

Court Admissions

Professional Affiliations

Ingham County Bar Association

State Bar of Michigan 

American Judicature Society

State of Michigan

  • Board of Ethics
    • Chair, 2012-present
    • Member, 2000-2011
  • Michigan Civil Service Commission, Member, 1992
Overview
Experience
Community
News & Resources
Honors

Overview

Mr. Pirich represents clients in governmental relations, which includes appearing before various legislative committees, interacting with legislative staff, and participating in legislative initiatives for trade associations and institutional clients.  He is also an experienced litigator who regularly argues matters at the trial and appellate levels in both state and federal courts, now focusing on election law, campaign finance and other politically-related activities.   As a former Assistant Attorney General for the State of Michigan, Mr. Pirich has substantial insurance regulatory, coverage dispute, litigation and negotiation experience as well as extensive environmental and general administrative law experience.

  • Represents individuals, candidates, office holders, and ballot question committees on various challenges related to ballot status, qualifications, recounts and recalls before the State Board of Canvassers or before state or federal court
  • Handles administrative matters, especially related to gaming, liquor, election and insurance issues before the various state regulatory boards and, as necessary, in court
  • Represents manufacturers, trade associations, wholesalers and retailers in the alcoholic beverage industry in a myriad of regulatory, enforcement and litigation proceedings
  • Appears before the liquor control commission and gaming control board with respect to regulatory and legal issues associated with such activities

Experience

  • Represented a trade association in the insurance industry in support of a state bill – that eventually became 2014 Public Act 251 – which remedied the effect of a Michigan Supreme Court case and clarified that the remedies for unfair and deceptive practices by insurance companies and agents reposed exclusively within the state’s Insurance Code
  • Drafted and advocated for the Non-Recourse Mortgage Loan Act, 2012 Public Act 67, which clarified a Michigan Court of Appeals opinion that, if allowed to stand by itself, would have placed all real estate developer private assets at risk in the event of any one development default.  The Non-Recourse Mortgage Loan Act clarified the language for non-recourse loans and the specific exception for non-recourse carve-outs
  • Represented a power plant facility owner related to a tax classification matter and assisted with passage of 2012 Public Act 382, which addressed the penalty for failing to report the transfer of property to the local assessor under the General Property Tax Act
  • Advocated for passage of 2010 Public Act 61, which amended the state’s Insurance Code to provide certain requirements related to the takeover of a domestic insurance company with 200 employees or fewer, on behalf of a small, domestic insurance company facing an insufficient takeover offer that subsequently received a higher buyout offer after passage of the bill
  • Assisted a Michigan-based retail real estate developer family who was threatened by an out-of-state corporate takeover by drafting and advocating for the passage of 2003 Public Act 181, which amended the Business Corporation Act and allowed the family to use their “control shares” to vote, thereby preventing a hostile takeover

Community

Wharton Center for Performing Arts at Michigan State University

  • Board Member
  • Past President

Sparrow Hospital Foundation

  • Vice Chair, 2010-present
  • Member, 1999-2009

Michigan State United Way, Board Member

Michigan Chamber of Commerce

  • Past President, 2001-2007

St. Thomas Aquinas/St. John Student Parish, Parish Council Member

News & Resources

News

Press Releases

Honors

  • The Best Lawyers in America, 1995-2015
    • Named 2015 Lansing Litigation - Environmental "Lawyer of the Year"
    • Named 2014 Lansing Insurance Law "Lawyer of the Year"
    • Named 2013 Lansing Corporate "Lawyer of the Year"
    • Named 2012 Lansing Government Relations "Lawyer of the Year"
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated  
  • Michigan Super Lawyers, 2007-2014

Academic Appointments

  •  Michigan State University School of Law, Faculty
    • Trial Advocacy Institute, Director, 2000-present