Attorneys

Kevin M. Hirzel

Managing Member

Kevin M. Hirzel

Kevin M. Hirzel

Position: Managing Member
Location: 37085 Grand River Ave., Ste 200
Farmington, MI 48335
E-Mail: kevin@hirzellaw.com
Tel: (248) 478-1800

Kevin Hirzel is the Managing Member of Hirzel Law, PLC. He focuses his practice on community association law, condominium law, litigation and real estate law. Mr. Hirzel represents community associations throughout the State of Michigan. He has received numerous recognitions on a local and national level for the high level of representation that he provides to clients. Mr. Hirzel is a fellow in the College of Community Association Lawyers, a prestigious designation given to less than 175 attorneys in the country. He also serves as Co-Chairman of the Michigan Community Associations Institute Legislative Action Committee and a member of the Community Associations Institute’s National Government Affairs and Public Policy Committee. Mr. Hirzel is the Co-Chairman of the State Bar of Michigan’s Real Property Law Section Committee for Condominiums, PUDs, & Cooperatives. He has authored numerous articles for the Michigan Community Association News, Michigan Association of Condominium Associations, United Condominium Owners of Michigan Newsletter, Michigan Real Property Review and Macomb County Bar Briefs, as well as other publications. Mr. Hirzel has been interviewed as an expert in condominium law by Bettercondolife.com, C&G Newspapers, Common Ground Magazine, HOALeader.com, Michigan Lawyer’s Weekly and WXYZ (Channel 7) News. He is a dynamic speaker and frequently lectures on community association law throughout the state, as well as nationally. Mr. Hirzel has also been featured in Michigan Lawyer’s Weekly on multiple occasions for successful litigation results that he has obtained on behalf of clients.

  • AV Rated by Martindale Hubbell (Highest possible rating for skill and ethics based upon peer review)
  • Avvo Rating of Superb – 10.0/10.0
  • College of Community Association Lawyers – Community Associations Institute, Fellow – Fewer than 175 attorneys nationwide that practice community association law have been admitted to this prestigious organization since it was established in 1973. Prior to Kevin Hirzel’s induction, only 2 other attorneys in the State of Michigan had received this award. Fellows of the College are among the most respected community association attorneys in the country for their legal skill and ethical standards.
  • Leading Lawyers – Leading Lawyer in Michigan (2018) – The distinction of being a Leading Lawyer has been earned by fewer than 5% of all lawyers licensed in Michigan.
  • Michigan Lawyer’s Weekly – Up and Coming Lawyer (2015). An award given to 30 of the top young attorneys in the State of Michigan each year.
  • Michigan “Rising Star” in real estate law by Super Lawyers Magazine (2013–2018). Designation given to no more than 2.5% of the attorneys in Michigan each year.
  • Michigan Top Lawyer.com – Top Lawyer in Real Estate Law (2016) – An award given to no more than 1.25% of the lawyers in the State of Michigan.
  • Oakland County Bar Foundation Fellow – A lifetime award given to no more than the top 5% of attorneys that are members of the Oakland County Bar Association.
  • “10 Best” 2018 Client Satisfaction award from the American Institute of Legal Counsel TM. A significant achievement recognized by the American Institute of Legal Counsel. The AIOLC looks for attorneys who have achieved unparalleled success in their field but mostly have done so for the benefit of their clients.
  • Couple wins fight for tree in back yard, Macomb Daily, July 5, 2008
  • Rental Unit Owner, Management Company, at Odds Over Deeds, Michigan Lawyer’s Weekly, August 17, 2012
  • Condo seeks repairs for series of construction defects, Michigan Lawyer’s Weekly, July 22, 2013
  • “Divide-and-Conquer” plan nets $276k settlement, Michigan Lawyer’s Weekly, July 22, 2013
  • Property owners sought title to disputed land, Michigan Lawyer’s Weekly, May 21, 2014
  • Hush-Hush (How the attorney-client privilege applies to community associations), Common Ground Magazine, May/June 2014
  • End Reign (How to handle board member bullies), Common Ground Magazine, September/October 2014
  • Court determines legality of condo association’s board, Michigan Lawyer’s Weekly, May 6, 2015
  • Identified Flying Objects (How to handle drones in community associations), Common Ground Magazine, September/October 2015
  • Up & Coming Lawyers, Michigan Lawyer’s Weekly, October 28, 2015
  • Acts of Faith (How to handle religious issues in community associations), Common Ground Magazine, November/December 2015
  • Solar Surge (How to handle solar panels in community associations), Common Ground Magazine, July/August 2016
  • Pokémon Go presents virtual fun, real legal issues, Michigan Lawyer’s Weekly, August 12, 2016
  • Waters Edge Building more condos in City of Fenton: Lien lifted on property after city agrees to pay $200,000 in alleged unpaid dues, Tri-County Times, November 2, 2016
  • Common Co-Owner Disputes, Document Amendments and New Technology, HOA News Forum Podcast, May 30, 2017
  • Condominium Conflicts: Condo lawyers discuss handling potential litigation, compromise, Farmington Press, June 7, 2017
  • Confederate Flags in HOA’s: The Now, WXYZ, August 28, 2017
  • The ABCs of HOAs… Why not abiding by the rules can get you in trouble, WXYZ News, September 27, 2017
  • What you need to know if you’re considering renting out your home for extra cash, WXYZ News, October 6, 2017
  • Fake emotional support animals, are people gaming the system? WXYZ News, February 1, 2018
  • Director Bootcamp, Michigan Association of Condominium Associations – (Livonia, MI  – June 18, 2018)
  • Fall Conference, Michigan Association of Condominium Associations – (Grand Rapids, MI – October 13, 2018)
  • Traverse City Community Association Seminar: Hosted by Monarch Management (Traverse City, MI – November 15, 2018)
  • Construction Defect Resolution:  Appropriate steps a post-transition control board should take with respect to discovering and resolving construction defects? Michigan Community Associations Institute Annual Conference (Novi, MI – March 13, 2015)
  • Nuts and Bolts of Condominium Operations, Traverse Area Association of Realtors (Traverse City, MI – November 12, 2015)
  • Michigan Condominium Law Legislative Update, Oakland County Bar Association Real Estate Committee (Bloomfield Hills, MI – February 23, 2016)
  • 2016 Legislative Update, Michigan Community Associations Institute Annual Conference (Novi, MI – March 4, 2016)
  • How do the 2015 Amendments to the Michigan Nonprofit Corporation Act impact your Community Association?, Michigan Community Associations Institute Annual Conference (Novi, MI – March 4, 2016)
  • Michigan Condominium Law Legislative Action Committee Update, Michigan Community Associations Institute Special Event (Farmington Hills, MI – August 24, 2016)
  • Hot Topics in Condominium and HOA Law, Traverse Area Association of Realtors (Traverse City, MI – September 14, 2016)
  • Site Condominiums and Land Divisions:  Current Topics and Case Law, Institute of Continuing Legal Education/State Bar of Michigan Real Property Homeward Bound Series Presentation (Plymouth, MI – November 3, 2016)
  • Hot Topics in Condominium and HOA Law, Kramer-Triad Management Group (Livonia, MI – November 10, 2016)
  • Hot Topics in Condominium Law – Electric Vehicle Charging Stations, CAI National Law Seminar (Las Vegas, NV – January 2017)
  • 2017 Townhall: State and Federal Legislative Changes for 2017, Michigan Community Associations Institute Annual Conference (Novi, MI – March 4, 2017)
  • Fair Housing Act Pitfalls, Michigan Association of Condominium Associations – Western Michigan Fall Conference (Grand Rapids, MI – September 9, 2017)
  • Director Liability and Insurance Basics, Monarch Management (Traverse City, MI – September 11, 2017)
  • Current Trends in Community Associations, Cummings Management (Flint, MI – October  11, 2017)
  • How to Avoid Common Pitfalls of the Fair Housing Act, Michigan Community Associations Institute Special Event (Farmington Hills, MI – November 9, 2017)
  • Director Bootcamp, Michigan Association of Condominium Associations – (Lansing, MI – September 9, 2017)
  • Case Law Update, State Bar of Michigan – Real Property Law Section – Committee for Condominiums, PUDs, & Cooperatives (Lansing, MI – November 29, 2017)
  • Condominium Law: Representing Developers, Associations, and Co-Owners (Birmingham, MI – January 18, 2018), State Bar of Michigan – Real Property Law Section
  • Director Bootcamp, Michigan Association of Condominium Associations – (Ypsilanti, MI – January 23, 2018)
  • Millennials:  Learn how America’s largest generation will impact legal issues in Community Associations, CAI National Law Seminar (Palm Springs, CA – February 2, 2018)
  • All things Tenants:  Evictions, Rental Caps and Strategies for communicating with Landlord Co-Owners, Michigan Community Associations Institute Annual Conference (Novi, MI – March 16, 2018)
  • Emotional Support Animals, Michigan State Journal of Animal and Natural Resource Law – Annual Law Symposium (Lansing, MI – March 23, 2018)
  • Confusion, Compensation, and Taxation: A Business Judgment Rule Approach to the Deductibility of Reasonable Compensation of Corporate Executives under §162 of the Internal Revenue Code, 5 FLA. ST. BUS. L. REV. 1 (2005-2006).
  • Don’t take a vacation from the additional regulations that apply to Condominium Hotels, Michigan Community Association News, Third Quarter 2012.
  • A Roadmap to Discovering and Resolving Common Element Construction Defects, United Condominium Owners of Michigan Reporter, Issue 3, Vol. XXXX (2013).
  • Condominium Boards and Ethics: The top 5 reasons that your Condominium Board needs a Code of Conduct, Michigan Community Association News, Third Quarter 2014.
  • The Future is Now – Is your Condominium Association prepared to handle these technological advances? Michigan Community Association News, Fourth Quarter, 2014.
  • A Board of Directors’ Guide to Resolving Common Element Construction Defects in a Michigan Condominium, Michigan Community Association News, First Quarter, 2015.
  • Michigan Senate Bill 610: A fix to Section 67 of the Michigan Condominium Act (MCL 559.167) or the creation of a new set of problems?, Michigan Community Association News, Fourth Quarter, 2015.
  • Condominium Anti-Lawsuit Provisions, State Bar of Michigan Real Property Law Section E-Journal (November 2, 2015).
  • House Bill 5230: Restricting your Community Association’s Freedom to Contract, Michigan Community Association News, First Quarter, 2016.
  • Dissident HOA Websites: Is Free Speech Really Free? Gladly, March 31, 2016.
  • Does the Board of Directors of a Michigan Condominium Association or HOA have a duty to enforce the Master Deed, Bylaws or other Restrictive Covenants? Macomb County Bar Briefs Magazine, July 2016.
  • Senate Bill 610 Passes: Is the amendment to MCL 559.167 of the Michigan Condominium Act constitutional? Michigan Community Association News, Second Quarter, 2016.
  • Does a Successor Developer have an Obligation to pay assessments under the Michigan Condominium Act? Michigan Community Association News, Second Quarter, 2016.
  • The Michigan Condominium Act, Time for a Change: Why Michigan should adopt a modified version of the Uniform Condominium Act, Michigan Real Property Review, Fall 2015- Fall 2016 Vol. 42, Nos. 3-4 and Vol. 43 Nos. 1-3.
  • The CAI MILAC in Action, Michigan Community Association News, Third/Fourth Quarter 2016.
  • Michigan House Bill 4015: Bad News for Michigan Condominium Associations, Michigan Community Association News, First Quarter 2017.
  • What Every Condominium Association Needs to Know about Parking Restrictions, Michigan Community Association News, First Quarter 2017.
  • Transparency breeds Legitimacy: 3 tips for your Condominium Association to avoid a Lawsuit, Macomb County Bar Briefs Magazine, May 2017.
  • MCL 559.167: Can the 2016 Amendments to Section 67 of the Michigan Condominium Act be applied retroactively?, Michigan Real Property Review, Spring 2017 – Summer 2017 Vol. 44, Nos. 2-4.
  • MCL 559.139: Transferring Limited Common Element Parking Spaces in Michigan Condominiums: Michigan Community Association News, Second Quarter 2017.
  • Homeowners Association Prevails on Short-Term Rental Ban, State Bar of Michigan Real Property Law Section E-Journal (November 1, 2017).

Education

University of Detroit Mercy School of Law
Juris Doctor, cum laude, 2006

  • Title Editor, Law Review
  • Junior Member, Law Review
  • Member, Moot Court Board
  • Member of the UDM Moot Court Hall of Fame

University of Michigan
Bachelor of Arts, Political Science and History, 2003

Bar Admissions

  • State Bar of Michigan
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan
  • United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals

 

 

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37085 Grand River Ave., Ste 200
Farmington, MI 48335
(248) 478-1800

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