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Thrun Law Firm, P.C., provides a full range of legal services to the public sector. We also represent the vast majority of school districts in Michigan.

Our history of representing the majority of Michigan's school districts for over 50 years benefits our school clients through effective and efficient legal representation, comprehensive and knowledgeable legal analysis of issues facing school boards and administrators, and fair and cost-effective billing practices.

Founded by the Thrun family in the 1950's (see our firm History page), Thrun Law Firm has set the standard for legal representation of school districts and other municipalities in the State of Michigan. Because of this legal expertise and the number of school districts and other municipalities it represents, our attorneys generally have knowledge of, and prior experience in, addressing similar legal issues and problems that occur among several of our school district and other public sector clients.

About Thrun Law Firm

Thrun Law Firm, P.C. is Michigan’s premier public sector law firm, specializing in education and municipal law. In contrast to other law firms, public sector law is not just a “sideline” business or one of many practice areas for our firm. Instead, our attorneys focus almost exclusively on public sector law and representing the firm’s school district, public school academy, local government and other public sector clients across Michigan. We have a deep bench of experienced attorneys and other resources necessary to provide our public sector clients with quality and effective legal representation, and our concentration on public sector law results in substantial cost savings for our clients.

The Michigan Supreme Court recently issued an order denying the MEA’s applica­tion for leave to appeal in Baumgartner v Perry Pub Schs, Docket No. 151479 (July 10, 2015). The Court’s order lets stand the Court of Appeals’ ruling that the State Tenure Commission lacks jurisdiction to hear layoff and recall cases.  We first reported on the Baumgartner decision in the March 26, 2015 edition of School Law Notes.

The Michigan Court of Appeals recently ruled that a city’s failure to reappoint a polit­ical appointee to an administrative position after his term expired is not an “adverse em­ployment action” that can give rise to liability under Michigan’s Whistleblower Protection Act (“WPA”). Whitman v City of Burton, Dock­et No. 294703 (July 9, 2015). The court also held that, under the WPA, “protected activity” does not include conduct that objectively serves an individual’s personal interest while harming the public’s interest.

Governor Snyder recently signed a bill package to earlier identify and resolve fiscal stress in schools that combines enhanced financial reporting, “potential” fis­cal stress determinations, modified deficit elimination plan requirements, and state aid withholding. This article summarizes the legislation.

Financial Reporting