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Conor B.
Dugan

  • Senior Counsel

It was a great honor to work for the federal government, tackling big issues both at the Third Circuit and the DOJ. But, with its direct client contact, I find my practice now to be even more rewarding. Whether I am working with a Fortune 500 company, a small family business or a church — on a transaction, dispute or an appeal — I get to help people faced with often complicated, stressful issues that they don’t know how to deal with. I get to help them navigate through their problems and issues.

Conor Dugan has a sophisticated appellate practice — regularly representing clients in the U.S. Supreme Court, the Michigan Supreme Court, numerous federal courts of appeals and the Michigan Court of Appeals. A skilled litigator, Conor has also developed a strong niche practice providing legal counsel on a wide range of legal matters for religious nonprofits and educational institutions. He serves as the outside general counsel for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Federal Courts of Appeals

  • Election Law

    • United States v. New York State Bd. of Elections, No. 10-2320 (2d Cir. Sept. 7, 2010) (successfully represented the United States as Appellee in defending the enforcement of the Help America Vote Act (HAVA)) (briefed and argued).
  • Criminal Law

    • United States v. Perez-Laguna, 357 F. App’x. 507 (4th Cir. 2009) (represented the. United States as Appellee in a sex-trafficking case defending allegation of a breach of the plea agreement and an error in sentencing guideline calculation)
    • United States v. Aguilar, 242 F. App’x. 239 (5th Cir. 2007) (successfully represented the United States as Appellee on appeal of a

Federal Courts of Appeals

  • Election Law

    • United States v. New York State Bd. of Elections, No. 10-2320 (2d Cir. Sept. 7, 2010) (successfully represented the United States as Appellee in defending the enforcement of the Help America Vote Act (HAVA)) (briefed and argued).
  • Criminal Law

    • United States v. Perez-Laguna, 357 F. App’x. 507 (4th Cir. 2009) (represented the. United States as Appellee in a sex-trafficking case defending allegation of a breach of the plea agreement and an error in sentencing guideline calculation)
    • United States v. Aguilar, 242 F. App’x. 239 (5th Cir. 2007) (successfully represented the United States as Appellee on appeal of a prosecution of a police officer for civil rights violations, witness tampering, and the making of a false statement) (briefed and argued).
    • United States v. Lanham, 617 F.3d 873 (6th Cir. 2010) (successfully represented the United States as Appellee on appeal of prosecution of prison guards for civil rights violations and obstruction of justice for the rape and beating of a pretrial detainee) (briefed and argued).
    • United States v. Kaufman, 546 F.3d 1242 (10th Cir. 2008) (successfully represented the United States as Appellee on appeal of prosecution of a conspiracy to commit forced labor, involuntary servitude, health care fraud, and obstruction of justice) (co-lead counsel; briefed).
    • United States v. Pilati, 627 F.3d 1360 (11th Cir. 2010) (successfully represented the United States as Appellee on appeal of civil rights prosecution of district attorney’s sexual misconduct resulting in affirmance and the first published opinion on issue of first impression) (briefed and argued).
  • Immigration

    • Gallegos v. Gonzales, 161 F. App’x. 398 (5th Cir. 2006) (successfully represented the Attorney General in defending a petition of review of an order of the Board of Immigration Appeals).
    • Abdulnour v. Gonzales, 177 F. App’x. 597 (9th Cir. 2006) (successfully represented the Attorney General in defending a petition of review of an order of the Board of Immigration Appeals).
  • Civil Rights

    • Khatib v. County of Orange, 639 F.3d 898 (9th Cir. 2011) (en banc) (briefed and argued as amicus curiae resulting in unanimous opinion affirming that Orange County’s jailhouse detention center was an institution for the purposes of the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA)).
    • Armstrong v. Schwarzenegger, 392 F. App’x. 532 (9th Cir. 2010) (briefed and argued as amicus curiae that the ADA and Rehabilitation Act regulations at issue in the case were neither contrary to the acts’ statutory language nor arbitrary or capricious).
  • Attorneys’ Fees/Constitutional Law

    • Rothe Development Corp. v. Department of Defense, 374 F. App’x. 36 (Fed. Cir. 2010) (successfully represented the Department of Defense as Appellee in arguing that it had been substantially justified in defending constitutionality of provision of the National Defense Authorization Act) (briefed and argued).

State Appeals

  • Johnson v. Dept. of Natural Resources, Nos. 321337-9, Mich Ct Appeals (Application granted Sept. 18, 2014) (Appeal Pending) (Filed amicus curiae brief on behalf of a dozen agricultural, environmental, and conservancy groups urging the Court of Appeals to grant application for leave to appeal in case involving Michigan’s feral pig ban).
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Conor B.
Dugan

  • Senior Counsel
Grand Rapids

My admin

It was a great honor to work for the federal government, tackling big issues both at the Third Circuit and the DOJ. But, with its direct client contact, I find my practice now to be even more rewarding. Whether I am working with a Fortune 500 company, a small family business or a church — on a transaction, dispute or an appeal — I get to help people faced with often complicated, stressful issues that they don’t know how to deal with. I get to help them navigate through their problems and issues.

Conor Dugan has a sophisticated appellate practice — regularly representing clients in the U.S. Supreme Court, the Michigan Supreme Court, numerous federal courts of appeals and the Michigan Court of Appeals. A skilled litigator, Conor has also developed a strong niche practice providing legal counsel on a wide range of legal matters for religious nonprofits and educational institutions. He serves as the outside general counsel for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Kalamazoo, Michigan.