Michigan Association of Police

Expert, specialized legal representation is an essential service element for any public safety professional union in the modern era. Complex laws govern the relationship between employees and their employers. Many of these are established to protect the rights of the employees. Importantly, the protection afforded by law is only as effective as a union's legal talent makes it.

Legal Counsel 

Tony Spokojny

Tony Spokojny has a longstanding relationship with the Union and Executive Director Fred Timpner, providing legal services to MAP and members as needed since 1992. In early 2023, he formally joined the organization as MAP’s Legal Counsel.

The Bingham Farms attorney is head of the Law Offices of Anthony Spokojny with over 40 years of legal experience in Michigan courts, representing a diverse group of clients including union and non-union employees and other clients against employers, corporations, and insurance companies. He has successfully argued in the Michigan Supreme Court and the Michigan Court of Appeals. Tony earned an AV rating of “outstanding” from Martindale-Hubble Lawyer Ratings, the premier peer review organization in the country. He has developed a specialty in wrongful termination, breach of contract, discrimination and other work-related disputes.

He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan and his Juris Doctorate from Detroit College of Law, which has since become Michigan State University College of Law.

Tony spent 34 years on the West Bloomfield Environmental Commission, serving as its Chairman and Vice Chairman for 30 years. He has appeared on several occasions before the Michigan Legislature to argue in favor of retaining the strong provisions of the Michigan Environmental Protection Act.

A youth sports commissioner in the West Bloomfield area, Tony has qualified for and completed five Boston Marathons and competed in many triathlons, including the USA Triathlon National Championships in Hilton Head, SC.

In 1999, he was invited to bring his son’s Andover (Bloomfield Hills) High School soccer team to Cuba to compete against the Cuban Junior National Team in their Día de Fútbol. Tony organized the trip for the Andover team, which is the only organized group of high school students to visit Cuba. 

Special Counsel

Because of the very nature of their duties, law enforcement officers are at serious risk of becoming the subjects of several types of litigation, which do not affect persons in other professions. Therefore, the immediate availability of legal representation for non-labor matters is a vital facet of MAP's professional services. 

Attorneys Arthur Weiss and John Goldpaugh are retained by MAP as specialists in matters involving shootings and chases. Each has maintained a general law practice, with a concentration in criminal law, for years. Art Weiss has considerable experience representing officers in a variety of types of cases. Similarly, John Goldpaugh has represented Detroit Police Officers in shooting situations for over 20 years. 

PORAC

The Michigan Association of Police has enrolled in membership with the Peace Officers Research Association of California Legal Defense Fund, (PORAC LDF). PORAC LDF has made available their PORAC LDF Plan II & Plan VI to MAP and its members. PORAC LDF Plan II provides benefit(s)/coverage to Participants in certain Civil and Criminal actions, as provided for in applicable plan documents. Plan VI provides benefit(s)/coverage in certain administrative proceedings involving the revocation or suspension of a certification or license to serve as a peace officer within the state in which the Participant is employed. For more information on PORAC LDF and monthly cost, contact your Labor Relations Specialist.