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Karrie has been a governmental law attorney since 2000, working for municipalities and other governmental entities in northern Michigan.   On a daily basis, Karrie advises municipalities, government officials, and employees on general administrative and governance issues, policies, and laws and in matters related to contract negotiations, intergovernmental agreements, the Freedom of Information Act, Open Meetings Act, and board governance, including ethical standards, conflict issues, and rules of order. She also counsels her clients on issues related to charter interpretation, ballot language, zoning, land use planning, purchasing policies, leases, ordinance drafting, interpretation, and enforcement, and real estate transactions. She litigates on behalf of her clients in civil court and administrative tribunals, including the Michigan Tax Tribunal.

Karrie has served as the Deputy City Attorney for the City of Traverse City, the City Attorney for the City of Traverse City and the Acting City Attorney.  As the City Attorney for the City of Traverse City, Karrie was the chief legal advisor to the City Commission, City Manager, and all city officers and employees.  She also provided counsel for other governmental agencies such as the Downtown Development Authority.  Karrie is general counsel for the Northwestern Regional Airport Commission, the Grand Traverse County Road Commission, the Traverse Area District Library, the Village of Beulah, the Frankfort City County Airport Authority, the City of Traverse City and Charter Township of Garfield Recreational Authority, and Peaine Township.



Albion College (BA, 1995)
Willamette University College of Law (JD, 1999)


Additional Professional Information:

State Bar of Michigan (Chairperson, Government Law Section)
Grand Traverse, Leelanau, Antrim Bar Association
(Board of Governors, 2002-2005, Secretary, 2003-2005)
 Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys
Women Lawyers Association (President, 2003-2004)


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