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Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys

Press Release


Matt Bach
Director of Media Relations
Michigan Municipal League
(734) 669-6317; C: (810) 874-1073;


Southeast Michigan Attorney William Hampton Honored by Peers

City Attorney for Bloomfield Hills, Auburn Hills and Other Communities Receives Award from Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys

MAMA President Clyde Robinson (left) presents award to William Hampton.

LANSING, Michigan (Oct. 13, 2016)—The Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys (MAMA) has awarded the Distinguished Municipal Attorney of the Year award to long-time southeast Michigan municipal attorney William P. Hampton.

Hampton has practiced law for more than 50 years and is recognized as a leading authority in the area of municipal law. He has for many years served as general counsel for the City of Bloomfield Hills (39 years), City of Auburn Hills (35 years), Charter Township of Bloomfield (35 years), and Charter Township of West Bloomfield (35 years). He developed Secrest Wardle’s Municipal Law Practice Group from its inception into the renowned municipal law practice group that it is today.

“Mr. Hampton is known for his stringent standards in providing his clients with the best representation available. He has served as a mentor to the municipal attorneys at Secrest Wardle throughout his career,” said Derk W. Beckerleg, who along with Jennifer Hill, nominated Hampton for the award. Beckerleg is executive managing partner for the Municipal Law Practice Group at Secrest Wardle. “Mr. Hampton is known for his strong leadership skills, offering direction and sharing knowledge not only with the municipal attorneys at Secrest Wardle, but with other municipal attorneys and colleagues as well. Mr. Hampton has used his invaluable experience and extensive expertise to develop, and execute time and again, proven defense strategies for municipalities, counties, school districts, universities, and state agencies across the state of Michigan.”

Hampton was presented the award Thursday, Oct. 13, during a MAMA awards luncheon in Lansing. Joining Hampton at the awards event was his wife, Lanie Anderson; Beckerleg; Hill; and Mark Morley, senior partner and co-managing partner at Secrest Wardle.

In giving the award, MAMA President Clyde Robinson, Kalamazoo city attorney, listed Hampton’s many accomplishments. He has repeatedly demonstrated his strong command of leadership skills throughout his career. He was elected Commissioner of the State Bar of Michigan, and has served as an Oakland County Circuit Court Judge, including a term as presiding judge. He was elected to the Michigan House of Representatives, where his tenure included terms as majority and minority leader. He was appointed by Governor Engler and served as the Chairperson of the State Officers Compensation Commission from 1994-1998. Hampton has also served as Co-Chairman of the State Bar Committee on Judicial Qualifications, from 1990-1996, and served as Chair on the State
of Michigan Attorney Discipline Board by appointment from the Michigan Supreme Court. Hampton is an active member of the following associations: Michigan Judges Association. State Bar of Michigan - Family Law, Litigation Law, and Public Corporation Law Sections; Oakland County Bar Association; and American College of Trial Lawyers. He earned his undergraduate degree from Michigan State University, and his law degree from Wayne State University Law School. He was admitted to the State Bar of Michigan in 1964 and has been with the Secrest Wardle since 1977.

Hampton stated, "I am humbled and honored to receive this award and be recognized by my colleagues.”

The award is given for outstanding contributions to the practice of municipal law on behalf of cities and villages throughout Michigan, and acknowledges the highest level of professional accomplishment while also serving their colleagues through professional organizations such as MAMA and the International Municipal Lawyers Association. View past recipients here:

For photos of Hampton receiving the award go to this set on flickr

About the Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys: The Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys (MAMA) is a chartered section of the Michigan Municipal League, which is a Michigan non-profit corporation. MAMA was established in 1935 as an affiliated organization of the League. The Association is governed by a Board of Directors elected by the member municipal attorneys. Membership consists of every city and village attorney, who represents a member of the Michigan Municipal League, their deputies and assistants, and League staff members duly admitted to practice law in the State of Michigan. Any attorney admitted to practice law in Michigan who has a substantial interest in municipal law may become an associate member upon application and approval by the Board of Directors. Any student enrolled in a recognized law school may be a law student member upon application and approval by the Board of Directors.





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