William K. Fahey - Fahey Schultz Burzych Rhodes PLC

William K. Fahey

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2005
Phone: 517-381-3150

William K. Fahey is a Michigan lawyer serving public utilities and municipalities for more than 32 years. He represents electric and natural gas utilities in administrative, regulatory, commercial and appellate matters, and has been involved in nearly every major matter affecting Michigan public utilities over the last three decades.

Mr. Fahey has represented more than 100 Michigan municipalities throughout Michigan, both as municipal attorney and as special counsel, principally handling municipal utility projects, land use regulation and zoning, municipal boundary proceedings, intergovernmental agreements, special municipal athorities, litigation and appeals. 

University of Wisconsin, MadisonBA 1974University of Wisconsin Law SchoolJ.D. 1977

Case History

National Steel Corp v Public Service Comm — Sixth Circuit upheld state regulation of new service within natural gas utility''s service area.
Eyde Brothers Development Co v Eaton County Drain Commissioner — Michigan Supreme Court upheld the municipality''s right to use existing road right of way for the installation of sewer and water systems without the approval of the underlying landowner.
Altman v Meridian Charter Township — Michigan Supreme Court affirmed township''s right to require a road improvement as a condition of subdivision approval.
English Garden Condominiums, LLC v Howell Township — Michigan Supreme Court upheld right of municipality to seize letter of credit for unfinished land use project.
City of Taylor v Detroit Edison Company — Michigan Supreme Court held that a city had no authority to force an electric utility to relocate its lines underground without compensation.

Client Comments

"Mr. Fahey has always provided the most expert and exacting advice. We are very fortunate to have his firm represent us whenever we need legal help or guidance. I recommend his services to many other Township leaders. "

-Dan Dysinger
Grant Township

"Never makes you feel like a dummy."

-Larry Degg
Caseville Township

"William Fahey has a depth of knowledge and practical advice which has made him a recognized leader in Michigan Land Use Law. Bill has presented numerous seminars I have attended. He presents material in a clear and concise manner. He has a track record of quick and accurate reviews of matters submitted to him."

-William Woodruff
Union Charter Township

"We have used William Fahey for the past 12 years, previously when he was with Foster Swift. We have always been very pleased with the quick response we get and his vast expertise in Municipal Law. We would not hesitate to contact him on any zoning matters. I would highly recommend him to any one in search of a law firm that will put your best interest at heart with diligence and effectiveness."

"His knowledge and experience are well known throughout the state of Michigan."

"Bill is accessible and provides prompt responses to requests for documents or legal opinions. We have a high degree of confidence in Bill's legal expertise."

-Al McFadyen
Delhi Township DDA

"When I look at the reference list above, Bill rates a 10 plus in every category. As township supervisor, I have recommended his services to two other townships or government agencies, and they both have hired him for legal counsel."

-Robert Johnson
Edenville Township

"Bill is a tireless worker with fine skills."

-James Porter
Oshtemo Charter Township

Office Location

4151 Okemos Road
Okemos, MI 48864
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2016 Lawyer of the Year in Municipal Law of the Lansing Metro Area2015 Lawyer of the Year in Energy Law of the Lansing Metro Area
William K. Fahey has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2016!William K. Fahey has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2015!

Practice Areas

Administrative / Regulatory Law (Energy, Regulatory, Utilities)
Appellate Practice (Litigation, Regulatory)
Energy Law (Administrative, Appellate, Electricity, Oil & Gas, Public Utility, Regulatory, Water)
Land Use and Zoning Law (Administrative, Energy Projects, Environmental, Litigation, Municipal)
Litigation - Land Use and Zoning
Municipal Law

Other Information

Gender: Male