Welcome to GMGMK Law
As pioneers in the field of employment law, and having also served an instrumental role in some of Michigan’s most important municipal law cases, we have developed a niche in representing individual employees, employers, businesses and governmental entities in employment rights cases, a wide array of legal matters involving municipalities and other governmental entities, and serious personal injury cases.
Whether our client is an employee or employer, a municipality or a business with a dispute with a governmental entity, or an accident victim with a catastrophic injury, our goal is simple: To provide our clients with effective, high quality legal representation in pursuit of the best attainable result or solution.
While we have earned a reputation among Michigan lawyers as being among the best in representing individual employees in employment rights disputes and employment litigation, we are one of the only law firms in southeast Michigan to be recognized by US News & World Report’s Best Law Firms as one of the best on both sides of the management-employee fence. The Firm has earned the prestigious AV-Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell. Three of our lawyers are Fellows in the prestigious College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, four have been recognized by Best Lawyers in America, and six have by recognized by Michigan SuperLawyers for being among the best when it comes to employment rights law and employment litigation. Because of our experience on both sides of labor and employment disputes, in the private and public sectors, we can bring multiple perspectives to advising our clients, developing strategies, anticipating potential claims and defenses, and plan for what “the other side” will raise or pursue in a case.
With lawyers representing and advising cities, townships and coalitions of governmental entities for over 40 years, we have been recognized by US News & World Report’s Best Law Firms as one of the best municipal law firms in Michigan. Two of our lawyers have been recognized by Best Lawyers in America and Michigan SuperLawyers as among the elite attorneys in government and municipal law in Michigan. We advise our municipal clients on daily legal matters ranging from ordinance drafting, economic development, drafting and negotiating contracts, and we also represent them in court, enforcing ordinances, prosecuting misdemeanors, and handling regional water and environmental litigation. Drawing upon our employment rights group, we ssist our municipal clients with workforce management, policy and collective bargaining agreement interpretation, employee discipline and termination issues, grievances and arbitrations, and defending public-sector wrongful discharge claims involving Constitutional and civil rights violations. Our expertise on the government side also enables our lawyers to be very effective when handling matters for our private sector business and individual clients who have transactions, disputes and/or ordinance enforcement or criminal matters with other municipal and governmental entities.
For over 40 years, Paul Hines has built a reputation as one of the finest medical malpractice and catastrophic personal injury litigators in southeast Michigan, including recognition by Best Lawyers in America and Michigan SuperLawyers. You won’t see us competing for automobile accident and slip and fall injury clients on freeway billboards or daytime local television commercials. Our personal injury group handles the complicated, serious injury claims by victims failed by doctors, hospitals and other healthcare providers, particularly birth trauma, failure to diagnose treatable conditions and diseases, catastrophic construction injuries, wrongful death and nursing home negligence cases.
Appeals are often a critical to the cases we pursue. Many times we have to defend against an appeal after we win, sometimes we have to appeal adverse rulings. Appeals can occur early in litigation, but more often they occur after a long hard battle and disposition at trial. Our appellate work is done in-house. In fact, we also handle appellate work for other law firms. Barbara Urlaub began her law career as a Pre-Hearing Attorney in the Michigan Court of Appeals, and subsequently served as the Law Clerk to the late-Hon. George LaPlata in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. Her appellate experience includes representation of clients before the United States Court of Appeals, the Michigan Court of Appeals, and the Michigan Supreme Court, and in the case of adverse agency decisions, appeals to the Michigan Circuit Courts. Barbara has been recognized as Top Lawyer in Appellate Law by DBusiness.