Laura L. Sheets is a partner with Liddle & Dubin, PC.
Ms. Sheets believed that a law degree would be a tremendous tool to help people. She wanted to use that tool to make a positive impact in people’s lives and in their communities. She has fulfilled that goal working for Liddle & Dubin. Ms. Sheets has been with us for more than a decade and has devoted the bulk of her practice to helping people who have been damaged by catastrophic sewage backups or who have suffered because of a neighboring corporate polluter. Her entire practice has been devoted to protecting people’s property rights.
Sewage backups are devastating to both personal and real property. Many people are affected by sewage backups every year through no fault of their own. Working for Liddle & Dubin, Ms. Sheets has successfully secured compensation for thousands of homeowners in Michigan and several other states by suing municipalities. In doing so, she has been fortunate enough to work with some of the best experts in the nation to pinpoint the precise cause of the flood and, in the process, has gained formidable knowledge regarding the operation and maintenance of sewer systems. She has used this experience to argue successfully against governmental immunity in the Michigan Court of Appeals.
Environmental claims also affect a large segment of the population. Many people share their communities with industry and corporations that may not be utilizing the best available technology and emit odors, noise or particulate that make them a nuisance to neighboring homeowners. The goal of environmental claims is to ensure that businesses and residents can share the community in a way that is beneficial to both parties. Ms. Sheets has been a constant advocate for thousands of people claiming to be damaged by a neighboring company’s emissions. She has secured compensation for nuisance damages and for loss in value to the homeowners’ property. Significantly, in all of her resolved environmental claims, Ms. Sheets has also been able to ensure that the offending polluters implement improvements to their operations. These improvements have resulted in decreased emissions from the polluters and have improved the quality of life for neighboring residents.
In litigating environmental claims, Ms. Sheets has sought and been granted class certification involving noxious odors and industrial fallout. Recently Ms. Sheets was able to secure a settlement on behalf of thousands of Wayne County residents who were damaged by the particulate emitted from a neighboring facility. She has also received class certification on behalf of thousands of Oakland County residents who were being impacted by foul odors from a nearby business. Ms. Sheets and Mr. Liddle were appointed co-lead counsel in the Enbridge Oil Spill Litigation that was filed on behalf of residents impacted by the massive oil spill in the Kalamazoo River.
Ms. Sheets graduated Magna Cum Laude from Wayne State University in 1998 with an undergraduate degree in journalism. She received her law degree from Wayne State University Law School in 2001. Ms. Sheets was admitted to the State Bar of Michigan in 2001, to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan in 2004, and to the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan in 2010. In 2020, Ms. Sheets became a partner with Liddle & Dubin, PC.