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Richard V. Stokan

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Contact info:

313.961.0200

Fax: 313.961.0388

Richard’s practice focuses on civil rights, municipal law, medical and hospital liability, and general liability.

Biography

He has significant experience working with municipalities on matters related to civil rights violations, local ordinance issues and reviews, land use and zoning laws and related constitutional claims, and real estate transactions. He also works with municipal clients to develop internal policies and procedures, municipal charter reviews, and municipal contracts, in addition to handling requests related to the Freedom of Information Act and Open Meetings Act claims.

Richard has considerable experience defending attorneys against legal malpractice claims and representing insurance carriers in first- and third-party automobile claims. He also represents physicians and health care facilities in medical malpractice actions.

While attending the George Washington University Law School, Richard worked for U.S. Representative James Barcia. He also served as a law clerk in the appellate division for the Michigan Attorney General, and as a prosecuting attorney for the Charter Township of Northville.

Richard obtained his law degree from George Washington University and his undergraduate degree from Michigan State University.

Representative Matters

  • Represented municipal clients, successfully arguing motions for summary dispositions before federal and circuit courts
  • Represented municipal clients in the organization of discovery for mass tort claims involving sewer backup and water supply claims
  • Successfully defended civil rights litigation with claims in excess of $1 million

Contact info:

313.961.0200

Fax: 313.961.0388

Richard’s practice focuses on civil rights, municipal law, medical and hospital liability, and general liability.

Affiliations

  • Oakland County Bar Association
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • American Bar Association
  • Michigan State University Alumni Association

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Michigan
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

Education

  • George Washington University Law School, J.D.
  • Michigan State University, B.A.

Contact info:

313.961.0200

Fax: 313.961.0388

Richard’s practice focuses on civil rights, municipal law, medical and hospital liability, and general liability.

August 3, 2023

Changes to Open and Obvious Doctrine Impacts Premises Liability Law

In Hoffner v Lanctoe, 492 Mich 450, 460-461; 821 NW2d 88 (2012), the Michigan Supreme Court explained that a “possessor of land owes no duty to protect or warn...

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