- Managing Shareholder
Randall (Randy) Pentiuk is a Metro Detroit attorney who specializes in municipal counsel, housing cooperative law, non-profit entities, and business law. Mr. Pentiuk serves as legal counsel to several housing cooperatives throughout the country, but primarily in the Detroit and Chicago regions. He also serves as legal counsel to several municipalities in the Metropolitan Detroit area, as well as counsel to several local businesses.
Since 1985, Mr. Pentiuk has been involved in all aspects of representing housing cooperatives, providing services spanning the full spectrum of the legal affairs of cooperatives. These services range from researching and drafting legal opinions and rules, representation in all courts and tribunals, preparing and reviewing contracts, employment and personnel matters and advising the Board of Directors. This includes dealing with HUD and MSHDA, drafting bylaw and articles of incorporation amendments, refinancing mortgages and handling share loans.
Representing over thirty cooperatives, Mr. Pentiuk leads the premier law firm in the Michigan housing cooperative field. He publishes the Michigan Cooperative Law Journal, providing timely and informative material to the Boards of all housing cooperatives in the State. He has written numerous articles on the subject and three primers, the "Cooperative Law Primer," "100 Ways to Improve Your Cooperative," and "A Primer for New Cooperative Board Members," which he has made available for free to Board members.
He serves on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Housing Cooperatives (NAHC), and is the Michigan Vice President for the Midwest Association of Housing Cooperatives (MAHC). He frequently teaches courses at both the NAHC and MAHC Annual Conferences, and has written legal articles for their publications. He received the "C. March Miller II Award" for outstanding service to MAHC.
Mr. Pentiuk is also strongly committed to the ideals of supporting the local community through successful municipal governance, and in this regard proudly serves as legal counsel to the cities of Riverview, Gibraltar, Allen Park, and is special counsel to the cities of Taylor, Southgate and Ecorse. Mr. Pentiuk provides counsel on various matters, including labor issues, contracts, general litigation, real estate, and election and governance procedure. In addition, Mr. Pentiuk oversees the Prosecution department for the cities of Riverview, Allen Park, Gibraltar and Wyandotte. Mr. Pentiuk is a member of the Michigan Municipal League and the National Association of Parliamentarians.
A member of the American Bar Association's Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law, Mr. Pentiuk is also a member of the Michigan State Bar's committee dealing with housing cooperatives. He has been named a "Michigan Super Lawyer", a recognition awarded to the top 5% of Michigan attorneys. Mr. Pentiuk has also received the Martindale-Hubbell Client Distinction Award, an honor of distinction accorded to less than 1% of the 900,000+ attorneys listed on Martindale and Lawyers.com.
Mr. Pentiuk was admitted to the State Bar of Michigan in 1981 and the District of Columbia Bar in 1984. He was admitted to the Bar of the United States Supreme Court in 1986, and is also admitted to practice before all of the Federal District Courts in Michigan, as well as the Sixth District Court of Appeals. He worked as a Research Attorney for the Michigan Court of Appeals in 1981. After serving at the Court of Appeals, he entered private practice and formed his own firm in 1989, which has grown to become the largest in the Downriver area.
Mr. Pentiuk earned his Juris Doctorate degree, Magna Cum Laude, from the Detroit College of Law in 1981, where he served as an editor on law review, while working full time as a computer programmer for the Ford Motor Company. His Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, with Distinction, was awarded from Wayne State University in 1976, where he majored in Accounting and minored in Finance.
In 1981, he was elected to the Board of Directors of the Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries, an inner city ministry employing over 200 staff with a budget of over $13 million, and has served as its Chairman for the last decade. During 2006, he also served as its Acting President while a search for its Chief Executive Officer was undertaken.
Areas of Practice
- Business Law
- Cooperative Housing Law
- Municipal Law
- Michigan, 1981
- District of Columbia, 1984
- U.S. Federal Courts, 1981
- U.S. Supreme Court, 1984
- Illinois, 2009
- Washington, 2012
- Detroit College of Law, Detroit, Michigan
- Honors: magna cum laude
- Wayne State University's School of Business Administration
- Honors: Awarded with Distinction
- Major: Accounting
- Frequent Speaker, Housing Law Matters such as Civil Rights, Fair Housing Act Amendments, Sexual Harassment
- MAHC/NAHC Classes
Honors and Awards
- "Michigan Super Lawyer"
- "C. March Miller II Award" in 2007 from the President of MAHC for Outstanding Service of a Board Member
Professional Associations and Memberships
- City of Riverview, City Attorney
- City of Melvindale, Counsel
- Charter Township of Royal Oak, General Counsel
- Downriver Community Conference, Legal Counsel
- Downriver Mutual Aid, Legal Counsel
- State Bar of Michigan, Member
- District of Columbia Bar, Member
- American Bar Association (ABA), Member
- International Municipal Lawyers Association (IMLA), Member, Committee for Legislative Advocacy
- Municipal Attorneys of Michigan Association (MAMA), Member
- Midwest Association of Housing Cooperatives (MAHC), Member
- National Association of Housing Cooperatives (NAHC), Member
- Future of Cooperative Housing, Co-Founder
- UCOM (United Condominium Owners of Michigan), Member
- Detroit Rescue Ministry, Member
- City of Allen Park, City Attorney
- City of Gibraltar, City Attorney