John J. Gillooly

Shareholder

Chairman of the firm’s Executive Committee

Detroit Office
(313) 446-1530
jgillooly@garanlucow.com

 

RECOGNITION:

  • “Best Lawyers” 2017
  • “Super Lawyer” 2009 – 2016
  •  Martindale-Hubbell AV-Rated

EDUCATION:

  • University of Detroit School of Law, J.D., 1988
  • Cambridge University, Emmanuel College, United Kingdom: Course work included International Law, Law of the European Economic Community, and Comparative Constitutional Law, 1987
  • Lake Superior State College, B.S. Criminal Justice, 1984

BAR ADMISSIONS:

  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • United States District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan
  • Supreme Court of the State of Michigan

EXPERIENCE:

  • Immediate Past Chairperson, Executive Committee, Garan Lucow Miller, P.C.:  Responsibilities include the management of all day-to-day operations of a 95 attorney law firm with nine offices across the State of Michigan and our Merrillville, Indiana office
  • Chairperson, Municipal Practice Group, Garan Lucow Miller, P.C.:  Responsibilities include all phases of defending the interests of public officials, municipalities and clients involved in catastrophic claims, (1991 to Present)
  • Special Prosecutor, In Re Howard Alan Katz:  Appointed to prosecute over 300 alleged instances of criminal contempt of court by Attorney Howard Alan Katz, (2005)
  • Court Appointed Arbitrator–American Arbitration Association
  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Maureen Pulte Reilly,  Michigan Court of Appeals
  • Research Attorney,  Michigan Court of Appeals
  • Research Attorney to the Honorable Louis F. Simmons, Jr., Wayne County Circuit Court
  • Law Clerk, Gandelot, Stoepker & Dickson, P.C.

ACTIVITIES:

  • Councilman – City of Grosse Pointe Farms (January, 2017-present)
  • Dean’s Advisory Board: University of Detroit Mercy School of Law (2010-present)
  • Volunteer legal counsel for CESS – Children’s Education and Spectator Sports (2010)
  • Commissioner:  State Bar of Michigan (1997-2000)
  • Commissioner Liaison:  United States Courts Committee
  • Commissioner Liaison:  Aviation Law Section
  • Commissioner Liaison:  Litigation Section
  • Commissioner Liaison:  Arts, Sports and Entertainment Law Section
  • Commissioner Liaison:  Judicial Qualifications Committee
  • Board of Directors/Past President:  Association of Defense Trial Counsel (elected; 1997-2003)
  • Vice Chairperson Governmental Liability Committee:  American Bar Association (appointed; 2000-Present)
  • Past Chairperson:  State Bar of Michigan Young Lawyers Section (elected; 1998-1999)
  • American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Executive Council (elected; 1997-1999)
  • Co-Founder of Foundations of Michigan Law Practice: A six day series of eleven courses covering all major practice areas for new attorneys; co-sponsored by the Institute of Continuing Legal Education
  • Fellow Michigan State Bar Foundation: Recognition for outstanding legal ability and devotion to the public (September 1998)
  • Fellow American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division: Recognition for outstanding legal ability and devotion to the public (September 1998)
  • President:  Model United Nations Club, 1982-1984 Lake Superior State College
  • President:  Grosse Pointe South High School Student Association (1980)
  • Licensed Private Pilot:  Federal Aviation Administration
  • Board of Directors : Grosse Pointe Red Barons Football (2006-present)
  • Volunteer Counsel: Mariner’s Inn- a Detroit based in-patient substance abuse treatment facility

PUBLICATIONS:

  • Author Municipal Legal Briefs – bi-monthly.  A publication of the Michigan Municipal League printed in partnership with the Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys
  • Author “Help Prevent Child Abuse/Neglect”: An informational publication designed, written and distributed in Spanish and English to more than 100,000 recipients
  • Editor of GovLaw:  A monthly informational publication sent to municipalities across the State of Michigan regarding recent developments and trends in Municipal Law

PRESENTATIONS:

  • Institute for Continuing Legal Education – Video Production of Litigation Management Techniques in Civil Litigation (January, 2017)
  • Moderator – Michigan Municipal League Annual Convention – Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island: Reforming Michigan’s Municipal Finance System (September 15, 2016)
  • Covering Your Assets: Caseville, Michigan (May 3, 2016)
  • Covering Your Assets: Michigan Association of Township Supervisors-Spring, 2016, Fowlerville, Michigan (April 29, 2016)
  • Covering Your Assets: Michigan Association of Township Supervisors (October 23, 2015)
  • Council 101: Roles & Responsibilities Training in Village of Lexington, Michigan (October 12, 2015)
  • City of Warren Police/Fire Training in Warren, Michigan (September 8, 9 and 19, 2015)
  • Follow-up with regard to the Newly Elected Officials Training – Finance Basics, State of Law in Michigan, FOIA and OMA in Fowlerville, Michigan (February 9, 2015)
  • Newly Elected Officials Training – Finance Basics, State of Law in Michigan, FOIA and OMA in Fowlerville, Michigan (November 11, 2014)
  • Michigan Association of Township Supervisors (MATS): Covering Your Assets-Tips and Tricks of Litigation in Michigan; Holland, Michigan (October 23, 2014)
  • Michigan Municipal League: Council 101 Topics; Clio, Michigan (June 17, 2014)
  • Michigan Municipal League: Council 101 Topics; Hamtramck, Michigan (April 1, 2014)
  • Michigan Association of Township Supervisors: Winning Tax Appeal Battles; Gaylord, Michigan (October 23, 2013)
  • Effective Leadership Skills For City Officials; City of Norton Shores, Michigan (May 2, 2013)
  • Garan Lucow Miller Spring Breakfast Seminar: Trial Technology-Using the CSI Factor to Your Advantage; Grand Rapids, Michigan (April 18, 2013)
  • Michigan Municipal League Public Employment Law Seminar: Employment Issues-FLSA and More; Lansing, Michigan (January 23, 2013)
  • Deans Advisory Board for University Detroit School of Law (2011-present)
  • Village of Lexington, Michigan   Effective Leadership Skills For City Officials (December 10, 2012)
  • City of Lowell, Michigan   Effective Leadership Skills For City Officials (January 9, 2012)
  • Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police, 2011 MACP Mid-Winter Conference: Tasers – Winning the Battles in the Courtroom and in the Court of Public Opinion; Grand Rapids, Michigan (February 10, 2011)
  • 2010 MATS Fall Education Conference: Winning Tax Appeal Battles and Legislative Update; Crystal Mountain Resort, Thompsonville, Michigan (November 4, 2010)
  • MATS Annual Meeting & Spring Education Conference:  Open Meetings Act and Freedom of Information Act; Chelsea, Michigan (April 15, 2010)
  • Michigan Municipal League Public Employment Law Seminar: Discrimination; Lansing, Michigan (January 20, 2010)
  • Michigan Association of Township Supervisors: The Open Meetings Act, Litigating in Michigan and Parliamentary Procedure; Frankenmuth, Michigan (October 22, 2009)
  • 2009 Michigan Municipal League On-Site Seminar: Open Meetings Act; Ferndale, Michigan (May 19, 2009)
  • 2009 Michigan Municipal League On-Site Seminar: Freedom of Information Act; Ferndale, Michigan (May 8, 2009)
  • 2009 Michigan Municipal League On-Site Workshop: Ethics in Government, Freedom of Information Act, Public Purchasing Policies and Open Meetings Act; Benton Harbor, Michigan (March 9, 2009)
  • 2008 Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys Annual Meeting – Annual Update of Governmental Immunity (June 27, 2008)
  • 2008 Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police Mid-Winter Conference, Grand Rapids, Michigan, Open Meetings Act (February 6, 2008)
  • 2007 Grand Traverse County Board of Commissioners – Issues  in Michigan Municipal Litigation and Open Meetings Act    (November 29, 2007)
  • 2007 Michigan Municipal League Labor and Employment Seminar Traverse City, Michigan (September 18, 2007)
  • 2007 Michigan Municipal League Labor and Employment Seminar Kalamazoo, Michigan, (May 9, 2007)
  • 2007 Michigan Municipal League, Legislative Conference; Open Meetings Act,  (March 20, 2007)
  • Issues in Record Retention, Electronic Transmittal of Documents and Tips and Tricks of Litigating in Michigan: Mott Community College (April, 2006)
  • Economic Development Agreements and Public Act 425 (March, 2006)
  • Michigan Municipal League Regional Training Program: Tips and Tricks of Litigating in Michigan and The Freedom of Information Act, A Comprehensive Overview (February, 2006)
  • Michigan Municipal League 107th Annual Convention; Legal Notes in Public Purchasing Issues (September 2005)
  • Michigan Municipal League 107th Annual Convention; The Freedom of Information Act, A Comprehensive Overview (September 2005)
  • Weekly Lectures to City of Warren Police Department re Current Legal Issues (2005 Training Program)
  • Legal Issues Involving Michigan Local Governments; National Business Institute (May 2004)
  • Michigan Municipal League 49th Annual Regional Meeting; The Old and New Face of Trespass Nuisance (February 2002)
  • Joint Investiture for Honorable Pat M. Donofrio (Michigan Court of Appeals) and the Honorable Richard Caretti (Macomb County Circuit Court) (December 2002)
  • Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys; The Old and New Face of Trespass Nuisance (June 2001)
  • Michigan Public Risk Management Association:  Pollution Liability, The Impact of  Environmental Law on Municipalities (March 2001)
  • Municipal Liability Seminar: “State of the Law 2000″ (May 2000)
  • Michigan Public Employer Labor Relations Association: “Sexual Harassment in the Workplace” (May 2000)
  • Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Michigan:  First Annual Youth Violence Seminar, “Help Prevent Child Abuse/Neglect” (May 2000)
  • 16th Annual Achievement Awards Panelist/Judge:  Michigan Municipal League (October 1999)
  • Fifth Annual Opening Doors Conference, Speaker:  Building a Successful Law Practice (October 1999)
  • Regeanna Myrick Endowed Scholarship Fund:  Keynote address  (May 1999)
  • Michigan Municipal League Annual Convention, Traverse City, Michigan:  Basement Flooding and Class Action Litigation (September 1999)
  • Montgomery Ward & Company, Inc., Regional Loss Prevention Meeting:  “Litigation in Michigan:  An Overview” (July 1995)
  • Montgomery Ward & Company, Inc., Regional Loss Prevention Meeting:  “Litigation in Michigan:  An Overview” (July 1994)