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Gary David Strauss
Strauss & Strauss, PLLC
306 S. Washington Ave, Ste 217
Royal Oak, MI  48067-3845
(248) 584-0100  (248) 584-0101 (fax)
248) 709-1689 (mobile)
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Gary David Strauss began his legal career working with Ackerman & Ackerman, PC, one of Michigan’s most successful law firms representing property owners. After his 5 year tenure at Ackerman & Ackerman, he joined Finkel Whitefield, where he represented the Michigan Department of Transportation and various cities, townships, counties and airports throughout the State. He started his own practice in January of 2003, where he concentrates on representation of condemning agencies.

Mr. Strauss’s intensive experience representing both sides in condemnation matters has given him a unique perspective on all phases of the condemnation process. His experience has provided him with substantial exposure to complex damage claims involving business interruption, loss of going concern, environmental contamination, wetlands, flood plains, site preparation,

infrastructure costs, zoning, variances, PA 116 agreements, avigation easements and other airport related issues.

While the initial goal generally is a fair settlement prior to filing a condemnation lawsuit, Mr. Strauss is an aggressive litigator. In addition to obtaining advantageous evidentiary rulings from courts throughout the state, he successfully has had numerous opposing appraisals excluded from proceedings, resulting in more realistic values as the cases proceeded toward trial.

Mr. Strauss graduated, Magna Cum Laude from the Detroit College of Law (now known as Michigan State University College of Law). While at the Detroit College of Law, among numerous distinctions, he was a member and published author of Detroit College of Law Review and International Law Review, a Research, Writing & Advocacy Teaching Assistant and recipient of the Detroit College of Law Faculty Scholar Award. He also earned a Teaching Certificate in 1984 after graduating from Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan and earned a B.A. with distinction in 1972 from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan.

He is a member of the Michigan State Bar subcommittee on Eminent Domain, as well as the International Right of Way Association, where he was appointed co-chair of the IRWA’s law and legislation committee. He is a business affiliate with the Michigan Municipal League and a member of the Birmingham Toastmasters. Mr. Strauss is a frequent speaker on eminent domain issues and has been invited to speak at the IRWA’s Fall Education seminars since 1999. He has had numerous articles published which deal with various condemnation related issues.

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