William J. Trudgeon

William J. Trudgeon

Associate Attorney

William J. Trudgeon is an Associate Attorney at Paletz Law practicing in the area of landlord-tenant law. In addition to managing a large case load and weekly court appearances, he has litigated multiple appeals to the Circuit Court, the Court of Appeals and the Michigan Supreme Court and is the head of the Firm’s appellate division.

Over the course of his career, William has focused his practice in the areas of landlord-tenant law, bankruptcy, collections, fair housing defense and civil litigation.  He has been responsible for overseeing a team of foreclosure professionals at one of the state’s largest foreclosure firms and also litigating personal injury and civil rights suits.  William has also completed fair housing training conducted by the Michigan Department of Civil Rights.

William attended Michigan State University where he obtained a B.A. in Economics and was a member of the MSU Economics Society.  While at MSU, William participated in the semester study program in Washington D.C.  While in the nation’s capital, he interned with the Washington D.C. Public Defender Service where he was an intern/investigator working directly under two senior staff attorneys.

William then attended Thomas M. Cooley Law School where he was on the Dean’s List multiple times.  While at Cooley, he volunteered with the Lansing Teen Court where he served as a mentor to a young adult being charged with a crime.  He also participated in a work/study program with the Family Law Assistance Project and Estate Planning Clinic providing pro bono legal services to indigent clients, specifically advocating for victims of domestic violence.

William is a member and active supporter of the Michigan State University Alumni Association.

Bar Admissions:

  • Michigan, 2011
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, 2011
  • United States District Court, Western District of Michigan, 2015

Practice Highlights:

  • Successfully defended a civil rights suit in the Western District of Michigan Federal Court.
  • Obtained favorable judgment on appeal in Kent County in a fair housing suit alleging discrimination.
  • Obtained a favorable judgment on appeal on behalf of a property management company in a suit dealing with multiple fair housing issues.
  • Successfully obtained summary judgment in Genesee County in suit alleging wrongful eviction with damages in excess of $25,000.00.

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