Jeremy S. MotzJeremy Motz Clark Hill
Jeremy S. Motz
Jeremy S. Motz is a Member in Clark Hill’s Education, Municipal and Real Estate Practice Groups. Jeremy principally focuses his practice in assisting public and private sector entities in a wide variety of transactional matters.
Jeremy regularly counsels public school districts and charter schools with respect to a variety of educational and operational issues, as well as compliance with the Revised School Code, the Freedom of Information Act, the Open Meetings Act, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act and other laws governing public bodies. Jeremy has extensive experience advising educational entities in the areas of: transportation, custodial and food services; procurement of supplies and equipment; construction; technology, telecommunications, intellectual property rights and licensing; public bidding; contract drafting; real estate; facilities and property management; employment and labor issues; outsourcing of non-instructional services; and corporate governance.
In addition to his education practice, Jeremy has extensive experience representing public and private land owners in connection with wireless communications (cell tower) facilities. Jeremy regularly advises land owners with respect to leasing, co-location and expansion of wireless communication facilities, as well as various trade receivables financing transactions relative to the rents due under leasing arrangements for these facilities.
Jeremy additionally advises public and private sector clients in the area of intellectual property and related matters, including trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, unfair competition, and information security and privacy. Jeremy regularly advises in the areas of copyright and trademark infringement, as well as copyright misuse and misappropriation.
Prior to joining Clark Hill, Jeremy completed a judicial internship with the Honorable Christopher M. Murray of the State of Michigan Court of Appeals. While in law school, Jeremy was a Dean’s Scholar and received multiple awards for his academic achievement. Jeremy also served as a Title Editor for the University of Detroit Mercy Law Review.
Lectures & Seminars
Jeremy is a frequent presenter on various legal issues facing public school districts and other educational entities. Jeremy frequently presents at conferences and seminars for the Michigan School Business Officials, the Michigan Association of School Boards, the Michigan Institute for Educational Management and other local school business groups throughout the State.
Jeremy Motz assisted the Livonia Public Schools in successfully negotiating the sale of a wireless communications perpetual easement agreement to American Tower Company for $900,000 for American Tower's use of a wireless communications (cell) tower at the School District's Stevenson High School site. Jeremy worked with the School District to facilitate its due diligence process, including analysis of competing offers, and securing a third-party appraisal to independently verify American Tower's offer was fair and reasonable. Jeremy's expertise was also instrumental in negotiating certain protections for the School District into the easement agreement, including limitations on American Tower's use of the tower and enabling the School District to continue to use the tower as part of its football field light system. The transaction is significant for the School District in light of its budget cuts and anticipated budget shortfall. Interim Superintendent Andrea Oquist said the money is nearly half of what the School District needs to help balance the $144.2 million general fund budget for the 2015-16 school year.
Gohl v. Livonia Public Schools, et al. (E.D. Michigan)
After over two years of litigation and over 100 days of depositions, Clark Hill, along with their co-defense counsel, obtained a complete dismissal of all claims against all Defendants. In this case before United States District Judge Mark Goldsmith, the Plaintiff, on behalf of her minor son, alleged numerous federal and state causes of action arising from alleged misconduct by the minor’s teacher and paraprofessional, and the alleged failure on the part of the related services personnel, administration and the School District to report the alleged misconduct. Clark Hill represented the paraprofessional, who denied any misconduct. In a 40-page opinion, Judge Goldsmith thoroughly analyzed the law related to the federal claims and applied that law to the factual record presented through, among other things, dozens of transcripts, the reports of Plaintiff’s purported experts, and the Plaintiff’s developmental record at the school. In dismissing the federal claims with prejudice, Judge Goldsmith agreed with all of the legal arguments presented by Clark Hill and its co-defense counsel. Having determined that the Plaintiff’s federal claims lack merit, the Court found that the case no longer retained a federal character and, therefore, dismissed the state law claims without prejudice. The defense team stands prepared to defend against the state law claims, should the Plaintiff choose to refile in state court.