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Michigan Municipal League

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


Attorney Brandon Fournier Receives Outstanding Service Award

Michigan Municipal League Honors Southeast Michigan Labor Attorney

LANSING, Michigan – Southeast Michigan Labor Attorney Brandon Fournier has been honored with the Outstanding Service Award by the Michigan Municipal League. He received the award during the League’s annual Capital Conference Awards Gala March 20 in Lansing.

Fournier was recognized for his long-time assistance with the League, including most recently in the League’s effort on Other Post-Employment Benefits (OPEB) reform.

“During the pension reform and OPEB negotiations spanning the last year and a half, Brandon has served a critical role for League staff, offering technical expertise and understanding of the legal and practical implications of the policy and legislative reform proposals,” said Chris Hackbarth, director of state and federal affairs for the League, who presented the award to Fournier.

Fournier is a labor attorney with the Howard Shifman Law Firm, representing municipalities in southeast Michigan and across the state with labor and contract negotiations. He also is a former city administrator for the City of Southgate and continues to serve as their city attorney. He has served for many years on the League’s internal Municipal Finance Committee and has always made himself available to League staff, answering questions and providing feedback.

“Brandon has attended meetings around the state with League staff on this issue, participated in conference calls, reviewed legislation and drafted language, and been available at all hours of the day, night and weekends, offering his counsel and insight,” Hackbarth said. “Our efforts to negotiate with the Legislature and Administration on this OPEB issue were significantly enhanced by Brandon’s efforts.” 

About the award: The Outstanding Service Award is granted to individuals or communities who have gone above and beyond in helping League staff advocate on behalf of all local communities at the state and/or federal level. From being involved in the League’s internal committee process, to testifying in front of legislative committees, to being involved on League or legislative workgroups, their feedback and time commitment has been crucial to League efforts.

For photos of Fournier receiving this award go to this Michigan Municipal League “Award Recipients” album on flickr: Photos can be downloaded from the League’s flickr page for free. We just ask that the following photo credit be given: Flickr Photo Michigan Municipal League/

For additional information contact the League’s Matt Bach, director of communications, at (734) 669-6317 (office) and

About the League: Michigan Municipal League is dedicated to making Michigan’s communities better by thoughtfully innovating programs, energetically connecting ideas and people, actively serving members with resources and services, and passionately inspiring positive change for Michigan’s greatest centers of potential: its communities. The League advocates on behalf of its member communities in Lansing, Washington, D.C., and the courts; provides educational opportunities for elected and appointed municipal officials; and assists municipal leaders in administering services to their communities through League programs and services. Learn more at




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