Kevin Hirzel is the Managing Member of Hirzel Law, PLC. Hirzel Law has offices in Farmington, Grand Rapids, and Traverse City and services clients throughout the State of Michigan. Mr. Hirzel focuses his practice on condominium law, homeowners association law, and real estate law. He is a fellow in the College of Community Association Lawyers (“CCAL”), a prestigious designation given to less than 175 attorneys in the country. Mr. Hirzel formerly served on the CCAL National Board of Governors and is a former member of the Community Associations Institute’s (“CAI”) Board of Trustees, an international organization with over 40,000 members worldwide that is dedicated to improving community associations. Mr. Hirzel has been recognized as a Leading Lawyer in Michigan by Leading Lawyers, a distinction earned by fewer than 5% of all lawyers licensed in Michigan. He has been named a Michigan “Rising Star” in real estate law by Super Lawyers Magazine, a designation is given to no more than 2.5% of the attorneys in Michigan each year. Mr. Hirzel was also named as a “Go-To-Lawyer” in condominium and real estate law by Michigan Lawyer’s Weekly. Hirzel Law was also voted the best law firm in Metro Detroit in the Detroit Free Press Best of the Best awards.
He is the Co-Chairman of the State Bar of Michigan’s Real Property Law Section Committee for Condominiums, PUDs & Cooperatives. Mr. Hirzel has authored numerous articles on community association law for publications such as the Michigan Community Association News, Michigan Real Property Review, Macomb County Bar Briefs and the Washington Post. He is also the author of “Hirzel’s Handbook: How to operate a Michigan Condo or HOA”, which is available for purchase on amazon.com. Mr. Hirzel has been interviewed on community association legal issues by various media outlets throughout the country, such as CBS, CNBC, Common Ground Magazine, Community Association Management Insider, CNBC, the Dan Abrams Show on SiriusXM Radio, the Detroit News, Dr. Drew Midday Live on KABC Radio, Fox Business News, Fox News, HOALeader.com, the Law & Crime Network, Michigan Lawyer’s Weekly, NPR, WWJ News Radio and WXYZ. Mr. Hirzel is a dynamic speaker and frequently lectures on community association law throughout Michigan, as well as nationally at the CAI National Law Seminar, and is a two-time winner of the best manuscript award at the CAI National Law Seminar.
Confusion, Compensation, and Taxation: A Business Judgment Rule Approach to the Deductibility of Reasonable Compensation of Corporate Executives under §162 of the Internal Revenue Code, 5 FLA. ST. BUS. L. REV. 1 (2005-2006).
Don’t take a Vacation from the additoinal regulations that apply to Condominium Hotels, Michigan Community Association News, Third Quarter 2012.
A Roadmap to Discovering and Resolving Common Element Construction Defects, United Condominium Owners of Michigan Reporter, Issue 3, Vol. XXXX (2013).
Condominium Boards and Ethics – The Top 5 reasons that your Condominium Board needs a Code of Conduct, Michigan Community Association News, Third Quarter 2014.
The Future is Now – Is your Condominium Association prepared to handle these technological advances? Michigan Community Association News, Fourth Quarter, 2014.
A Board of Directors Guide to Resolving Common Element Construction Defects in a Michigan Condominium, Michigan Community Association News, First Quarter, 2015.
Michigan Senate Bill 610 – A fix to Section 67 of the Michigan Condominium Act (MCL 559.167) or the creation of a new set of problems?, Michigan Community Association News, Fourth Quarter, 2015.
Condominium Anti-Lawsuit Provisions, State Bar of Michigan Real Property Law Section E-Journal (November 2, 2015).
House Bill 5230 – Restricting your Community Association’s Freedom to Contract, Michigan Community Association News, First Quarter, 2016.
Dissident HOA Websites: Is Free Speech Really Free? Gladly, March 31, 2016.
Does the Board of Directors of a Michigan Condominum Association or HOA have a duty to enforce the Master Deed, Bylaws or other Restrictive Covenants? Macomb County Bar Briefs Magazine, July 2016.
Senate Bill 610 Passes – Is the amendment to MCL 559.167 of the Michigan Condominium Act Constitutional? Michigan Community Association News, Second Quarter, 2016.
Does a Successor Developer have an Obligation to pay assessments under the Michigan Condominium Act? Michigan Community Association News, Second Quarter, 2016.
The Michigan Condominium Act, Time for a Change: Why Michigan should adopt a modified version of the Uniform Condominium Act, Michigan Real Property Review, Fall 2015- Fall 2016 Vol. 42, Nos. 3-4 and Vol. 43 Nos. 1-3.
The CAI MILAC in Action, Michigan Community Association News, Third/Fourth Quarter 2016.
Michigan House Bill 4015: Bad News for Michigan Condominium Associations, Michigan Community Association News, First Quarter 2017.
What Every Condominium Association Needs to Know about Parking Restrictions, Michigan Community Association News, First Quarter 2017.
Transparency breeds Legitimacy: 3 tips for your Condominium Association to avoid a Lawsuit, Macomb County Bar Briefs Magazine, May 2017.
MCL 559.167: Can the 2016 Amendments to Section 67 of the Michigan Condominium Act be applied retroactively?, Michigan Real Property Review, Spring 2017 – Summer 2017 Vol. 44, Nos. 2-4.
MCL 559.139: Transferring Limited Common Element Parking Spaces in Michigan Condominiums: Michigan Community Association News, Second Quarter 2017.
HB 5440: Michigan HOA’s could not prohibit the display of the American and State Flag, Second Quarter 2018
Homeowners Association Prevails on Short-Term Rental Ban, State Bar of Michigan Real Property Law Section E-Journal (November 1, 2017).
Michigan Community Association LAC to Your Community Association’s Budget, Michigan Community Association News, First Quarter 2018
HB 5440: Michigan HOA’s could not prohibit the display of the American or State Flag, Michigan Community Association News, Second Quarter 2018
MI CAI LAC: Dollar a Door Campaign, Michigan Community Association News, Third Quarter 2018.
Michigan Legalizes Recreational Marijuana: How will it impact Condominium Associations? Community Association News, Second Quarter 2019
Who is responsible for installing and maintaining an electric car charging station at a condo building? The Washington Post, July 17, 2019
Michigan Court of Appeals Rules that co-owner is responsible for pre-existing bylaw violations after purchasing Condominium Unit, Michigan Community Association News, Fourth Quarter 2019
Co-owners are responsible for pre-existing bylaw violations, State Bar of Michigan Real Property Law Section E-Journal (December 2, 2019).
Michigan Step Forward program helps pay delinquent Condominium Assessments, Community Association News, Second Quarter 2020
What is the Difference Between an Additional Assessment and a Special Assessment, Community Association News, Third Quarter 2020
3 Headaches Plaguing Associations Today, Community Association News, Fourth Quarter 2020
Short-Term Rental Developments: Profits Not Necessary to Violate Residential Use Covenant, Community Association News, Fourth Quarter 2020
Can Your Clients Require Residents To Get the COVID Vaccine?, Community Association News, Fourth Quarter 2020
Get Involved! How The LAC Benefits, CAI Magazine, Winter 2020
Know which coronavirus-related risks are covered by your association’s insurance, Washington Post, 2020
How to operate a Michigan Condo or HOA, Hirzel’s Handbook, Kindle Direct Publishing, 2021
CIRMS Planning Group Risk & Insurance Insights, Kevin Hirzel Issue No.4, 2021
A guide to holiday decorating that will keep you off your HOA’s naughty list, The Washington Post, November 26, 2021
Construction Defect Resolution: Appropriate steps a post-transition control board should take with respect to discovering and resolving construction defects? Michigan Community Association Institute Annual Conference (March 13, 2015)
Nuts and Bolts of Condominium Operations, Traverse Area Association of Realtors (November 12, 2015)
Michigan Condominium Law Legislative Update, Oakland County Bar Association Real Estate Committee (February 23, 2016)
2016 Legislative Update, Michigan Community Association Institute Annual Conference (March 4, 2016)
How do the 2015 Amendments to the Michigan Nonprofit Corporation Act impact your Community Association?, Michigan Community Association Institute Annual Conference (March 4, 2016)
Michigan Condominium Law Legislative Action Committee Update, Michigan Community Association Institute Special Event (August 24, 2016)
Hot Topics in Condominium and HOA Law, Traverse Area Association of Realtors (September 14, 2016)
Site Condominiums and Land Divisions: Current Topics and Case Law, Institute of Continuing Legal Education/State Bar of Michigan Real Property Homeward Bound Series Presentation (November 3, 2016)
Hot Topics in Condominium Law – Electric Vehicle Charging Stations, CAI National Law Seminar (January 2017)
2017 Townhall: State and Federal Legislative Changes for 2017, Michigan Community Association Institute Annual Conference (March 4, 2017)
Fair Housing Act Pitfalls, Michigan Association of Condominium Associations – Western Michigan Fall Conference (Grand Rapids, MI – September 9, 2017)
Director Liability and Insurance Basics, Monarch Management (Traverse City, MI – September 11, 2017)
Current Trends in Community Associations, Cummings Management (Flint, MI – October 11, 2017)
How to Avoid Common Pitfalls of the Fair Housing Act, Michigan Community Associations Institute Special Event (Farmington Hills, MI – November 9, 2017)
Director Bootcamp, Michigan Association of Condominium Associations – (Lansing, MI – September 9, 2017)
Case Law Update, State Bar of Michigan – Real Property Law Section – Committee for Condominiums, PUDs, & Cooperatives (Lansing, MI – November 29, 2017)
Condominium Law: Representing Developers, Associations, and Co-Owners (Birmingham, MI – January 18, 2018), State Bar of Michigan – Real Property Law Section Groundbreakers Roundtable
Director Bootcamp, Michigan Association of Condominium Associations (Ypsilanti, MI – January 23, 2018)
Millennials: Learn how America’s largest generation will impact legal issues in Community Associations, CAI National Law Seminar (Palm Springs, CA – February 2, 2018)
All things Tenants: Evictions, Rental Caps, and Strategies for communicating with Landlord Co-Owners, Michigan Community Association Institute Annual Conference (Novi, MI- March 16, 2018)
Emotional Support Animals, Michigan State Journal of Animal and Natural Resource Law- Annual Law Symposium (Lansing, MI- March 23, 2018)
Director Bootcamp, Michigan Association of Condominium Associations- (Livonia, MI- June 18, 2018)
Fall Conference, Michigan Association of Condominium Associations- (Grand Rapids, MI- October 13, 2018)
Traverse City Community Association Seminar: Hosted by Monarch Management (Traverse City, MI -November 15, 2018)
Religion in Community associations: Fair Housing or Free Speech? Thou Shalt Not Violate the Law, CAI National Law Seminar (New Orleans, LA- January 25, 2019)
From Lansing to Washington D.C. How does legislation impact your community association? (Zeeland, MI -April 13, 2019)
Is it time to amend your governing documents? (Flint, MI- May 1, 2019)
Is it time to amend your governing documents? Novi Civic Center (Novi, MI- May 22, 2019)
Hot Topics & Legal Q & A – Ginopolis Bar-B-Q Smokehouse (Farmington Hills, MI – May 23, 2019)
Insurance Basics for Community Associations (Farmington MI- June 27, 2019)
How to handle complicated issues surrounding religion in your HOA or Condo without getting sued (Farmington, MI – July 18, 2019)
What is the difference between a director and an officer? (Zeeland, MI – September 21, 2019)
Is it time to amend your governing documents? (Traverse City, MI- September 30, 2019)
2019 Condo & HOA Case Law and Legislative Update (Farmington, MI- November 22, 2019)
How Legal is it Anyway? Tips for Dealing with Recreational and Medical Marijuana use in Community Associations, 41st Annual Community Association Law Seminar (Las Vegas, NV- February 15, 2020)
Michigan Society of Professional Surveyors Annual Conference: The Art of Creating and Configuring Condominiums (Kalamazoo, MI – February 18, 2020)
So you joined a community association board, now what? (Farmington, MI- February 20, 2020)
Is your Association keeping up with technology? Michigan Community Associations Institute Annual Conference (Novi, MI – March 6, 2020)
Ask the Pros: COVID-19 and Community Associations Q&A, (Live Webinar – April 17, 2020)
Ask the Pros: COVID-19 and Community Associations Q&A, (Live Webinar – May 4, 2020)
Reopening your Community Association after Coronavirus (Live Webinar- June 4, 2020)
Tips for Dealing with Covid-19 in your Community Association (Live Webinar – September 30, 2020)
Ask the Experts, State Bar of Michigan – Real Property Law Section (Live Webinar – November 6,2020)
CIRMS Insurance Masters Crossover Program: Filling the Gaps in Insurance Coverage through Document Amendments, Community Association Virtual Law Seminar, 2021
2020 Legislative Update (Live Webinar – November 19, 2020)
Condo & HOA Jeopardy (Live Webinar – April 22, 2021)
Hirzel Law Presents Ask The Pros: Legal Q&A (Live Webinar – June 24, 2021)
Lessons Learned From The Surfside Condo Collapse (Live Webinar – September 23, 2021)
Infrastructure Liability and Prevention Planning (Live Webinar – October 20, 2021)
When Do We Stop Kicking That Can Down The Road (Live Webinar – October 22, 2021)
CAI National Young Lawyers Network Fall Discussion (Live Webinar – October 22, 2021)
Man Fights to Keep Tree, C & G News, July 2008
Couple Wins Fight for Tree in Backyard, The Macomb Daily, July 2008
Rental Unit Owner, Management Company at odds over deed: Amendments determined to be illegal, in violation of state’s condominium act, Michigan Lawyers Weekly, August 2012
Condo seeks repairs for series of construction defects, Michigan Lawyers Weekly, July 2013
“Divide-and-conquer” plan nets $276k Settlement, Michigan Lawyer’s Weekly, July 2013
Property Owners Sought Title to Disputed Land, Michigan Lawyer’s Weekly, May 2014
Hush-Hush (How the attorney-client privilege applies to community associations), Common Ground Magazine, May/June 2014
End Reign (How to handle board member bullies), Common Ground Magazine, September/October 2014
Court determines legality of Condominium Association’s Board, Michigan Lawyer’s Weekly, May 2015
Identified Flying Objects (How to handle drones in your condominium association), Common Ground Magazine, September/October 2015
Up & Coming Lawyers, Michigan Lawyer’s Weekly, October 28, 2015
Acts of Faith (How to handle religious issues in community associations), Common Ground Magazine, November/December 2015
Solar Surge (How to handle solar panels in community associations), Common Ground Magazine, July/August 2016
Pokémon Go presents virtual fun, real legal issues, Michigan Lawyer’s Weekly, August 12, 2016
Waters Edge Building more condos in City of Fenton: Lien lifted on property after city agrees to pay $200,000 in alleged unpaid dues, Tri-County Times, November 2, 2016
Condominium Conflicts: Condo lawyers discuss handling potential litigation, compromise, Farmington Press, June 7, 2017
Confederate Flags in HOA’s: The Now, WXYZ, August 28, 2017
The ABCs of HOAs… Why not abiding by the rules can get you in trouble, WXYZ News, September 27, 2017
What you need to know if you’re considering renting out your home for extra cash, WXYZ News, October 6, 2017
Fake emotional support animals, are people gaming the system? WXYZ News, February 1, 2018
Firm aims to specialize in condo association law, Michigan Lawyers Weekly, June 15, 2018
GM gears up for sale of Downtown Milender Center, The Detroit News, December 12, 2018\
The Pros & Cons of Homeowner’s Associations, WXYZ News, June 17, 2019
All Charge Up, Electrical Vehicle Charging Stations, Common Ground Magazine May, June 2019
Home Front, ByLaws, A fine schedule, Common Ground Magazine May, June 2019
The debate over HOA, WXYZ News, June 18, 2019
Who is responsible for installing and maintaining an electric car charging station at a condo building? The Washington Post, July 17, 2019
Emotional Support Animals, Dr. Drew Midday Live, KABC Radio (Los Angeles, CA) September 6, 2019
True Colors, Common Ground Magazine, September/October 2019
Living in a Site Condominium, Murray Feldman, The Feldman Report, WWJ Newsradio – AM 950, September 24, 2019
Why Condo and Homeowners Associations need attorneys? Super Lawyers, October 8, 2019
Jewish family suing for discriminatory language, WXYZ News, October 14, 2019
Lawsuit claims homeowners association document only allowed ‘Caucasian gentiles’, MLive.com, October 24, 2019
3 Hot-Button Parking Issues for Community Associations, Community Association Insider, November 5, 2019
Fraudulent Emotional Support Animals, NPR – WDET 101.9 FM, November 11, 2019
Common Issues with Holiday Decorations and HOA’s, WWJ Newsradio – AM 950, November 30, 2019
Owner is Liable for Previous Owner’s Violations, Community Association Insider, December 11, 2019
Michigan Court of Appeals Rules that Co-Owner is Responsible for Pre-existing Bylaw Violations After Purchasing Condominium Unit, Community Association Insider, December 2019
Lack of Annual Meetings Doesn’t Deprive Board of Authority, Community Association Insider, January 15, 2020
Covid-19 Law Q&A, Issues related to Covid-19, Law & Crime Network, March 31, 2020 The Dan Abrams Show, Sirius XM Radio, April 2, 2020
How Covid-19 Impacts Condo and Homeowners Associations, Superlawyers, April 10, 2020
When Homeowner Associations Shade Out Solar Energy, WMUK 102.1 Radio, April 21, 2020
Should your Clients Allow – or build Their own Electric Vehicle Charging Stations? Community Association Insider, May 12, 2020
Assessing the Need for Assistance Animals: The Latest Federal Guidance, Community Association Insider, May 27, 2020
Balancing Act, Common Ground Magazine, July/August 2020
College Student Leases, Patricia Vitale, WWJ Newsradio – AM 950, July 22, 2020
Change is afoot in the legal field: Here’s how you can be ready, ABA For Law Students, March 1, 2021
How do firms benefit from hiring a financial consigliere? ABA Journal, June 1, 2021
Class-Action Lawsuit Filed Against Surfside Condo Filed Prematurely, Fox News, June 27, 2021
Recent Condo Collapse In Surfside, Florida, CBS News, June 29, 2021
Special Guest Kevin Hirzel Discussing Condo Collapse in Surfside, Florida, Law & Crime Network, July 1, 2021
Surfside Condo Collapse Will Set Off Years Of Lawsuits, Newsmax, July, 1 2021
Condos Push Add Rooms More Buyers Seek Space Apart, Crain’s Detroit Business, October 23, 2021