Richard E. Rassel, III

Richard E. Rassel, III focuses his practice primarily on the areas of commercial, real estate, and land use litigation as well as corporate and real estate transactions. Mr. Rassel has been practicing law with Williams, Williams, Rattner & Plunkett, PC since 1999 and has been a partner with the firm since 2002. Mr. Rassel continues to grow his statewide law practice and his leadership position with the law firm.

Mr. Rassel is a member of the State Bar of Michigan Litigation and Real Property Sections, contributing actively to the Zoning and Land Use Committee of the Real Property Section. He is also a member of the Oakland County Bar Association where he subscribes to the Trial and Alternative Dispute Resolution sections, and is a member of the Oakland County Bar Association's Inn of Court. He is admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan and the United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Mr. Rassel was named amongst Michigan Rising Stars by the Michigan Super Lawyers publication for both 2008 and 2009 and as a Michigan Super Lawyer in 2010 and 2011. He currently serves as a Director of Nexlink Communications, LLC and as the Vice President of the Brother Rice High School Business Alliance. Mr. Rassel is also certified as a public Arbitrator by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA).

Mr. Rassel's article "United States Supreme Court Stands Up For Property Owner In Regulatory Takings Case" discussing the Supreme Court's June, 2001 decision in Palazzolo v. Rhode Island appears in the Winter, 2001 edition of the Michigan Real Property Review. Mr. Rassel's article "Legislature Opens Door for Contract Zoning in Michigan: An Overview" discussing Michigan's 2005 conditional rezoning amendment to the various zoning enabling statutes appears in the Summer, 2005 edition of the Michigan Real Property Review. Mr. Rassel also assisted in the researching and drafting of "Michigan Civil Trials and Evidence," a research and practice tool for Michigan civil practitioners.

Mr. Rassel assisted in the researching and drafting of "Michigan Civil Trials and Evidence," a research and practice tool for Michigan civil practitioners.

Prior to joining Williams, Williams, Rattner & Plunkett, Mr. Rassel served as Law Clerk to Chief Judge Kurtis T. Wilder of the Washtenaw County Circuit Court from 1997-1999 and as an intern to Judge Bernard Friedman of the United States District Court from 1996-1997.

REPRESENTATIVE EXPERIENCE

Mr. Rassel has succeeded in a variety of cases involving the following types of clients:

  • A class of mentally impaired clients in a federal lawsuit alleging violation-of-the Americans With Disabilities Act and the Fair Housing Act arising from municipal zoning and land use litigation decisions
  • An organization treating persons with mental illnesses in a lawsuit alleging violation of the Americans With Disabilities Act and the Fair Housing Act arising from municipal zoning and land use litigation decisions
  • An organization treating persons with social addictive disorders in a lawsuit alleging violation of the Americans With Disabilities Act and the Fair Housing Act arising from municipal zoning and land use decisions
  • A major area indoor sports complex in contract and fraud litigation over the payment of management fees Several large retail, commercial, and single family development owners in multiple litigation matters arising from municipal zoning and land use decisions resulting in consent judgments
  • The plaintiff in an arbitration dispute against Comerica Securities, Inc. before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arising from consequential damages claims suffered as a result of frozen Auction Rate Securities (ARS)
  • Plaintiff franchisee and investor against American Laser Centers in a lawsuit alleging violations of the Michigan Franchise Act, breach of contract and fraud
  • A major area real estate developer in a lawsuit adverse to homeowner alleging breach of contract and fraud theories
  • A real estate developer in a specific performance action against landowner in furtherance of major shopping center development Several real estate investment funds and trusts in land acquisition, sale, and management roles
  • Served as co-lead interim counsel for a class of indirect purchasers of refrigerant compressors in global anti-trust price fixing conspiracy litigation
  • Various commercial and residential clients before the Michigan Tax Tribunal with respect to ad valorem real estate and personal property tax appeals
  • The plaintiff in an arbitration dispute involving minority oppression, breach of fiduciary duty and self-dealing associated with the management of a real estate investment fund
  • A general contractor in a federal lawsuit and associated private arbitration involving claims of breach of contract against a shopping mall and its owner and defense of claims of RICO, fraud and civil conspiracy violations by those same adverse parties