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Attorney Katharine Brink Harrison promoted to senior associate

Written by Admin on May 2, 2017 Category: Firm News

Grosse Pointe Park resident is an integral part of Dalton & Tomich’s national leadership in land use cases supporting churches, mosques and other religious institutions

DETROIT (May 2, 2017) – Land use and business law firm Dalton & Tomich, PLC announced the promotion of attorney Katharine Brink Harrison to senior associate. A resident of Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan, Harrison joined the Detroit-based firm in 2011.

Harrison focuses her practice on land use and zoning law. Her expertise has helped Dalton & Tomich cement its reputation as a national leader in litigation involving the Religious Land Use & Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA). Harrison has partnered with churches, mosques and other religious institutions across the country.  Most recently, she helped bring about a successful resolution for the American Islamic Cultural Center in its federal mosque land use case against the City of Sterling Heights, Michigan.

Her other RLUIPA victories include: Academy of Our Lady of Peace Catholic High School v. City of San Diego, California; Lighthouse Rescue Mission v. Hattiesburg, Mississippi; and Church of Our Savior v. Jacksonville Beach, Florida. In addition to her RLUIPA practice, Harrison counsels religious and nonprofit organizations in legal matters such as incorporation, organizational structuring and obtaining federal tax-exempt status.

Harrison has been named a Michigan Super Lawyers Rising Star in the area of land use and zoning law. She is a member of the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association’s Barristers Board, Women Lawyers Association of Michigan—Wayne Region and Federal Bar Association. Harrison also has participated in the Detroit Bar Association’s Inn of Court program since 2013.

She is admitted to practice in the state of Michigan, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan and Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Harrison is a 2012 graduate of the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law (J.D., cum laude), where she was a title editor on the University of Detroit Mercy Law Review. Kate received her B.A., cum laude, in psychology and Spanish from Albion College in 2008.

About Dalton & Tomich, PLC

Located in the Chrysler House in the heart of Detroit’s Financial District, Dalton & Tomich, PLC features a specialized practice in land use and zoning law, supporting churches, mosques and other religious institutions across the country. For more information or to request a consultation, visit or call 313-859-6000.


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Dalton & Tomich, PLC is the national leader in successfully helping churches, other religious institutions and their insurers defend their rights in land use and zoning matters under RLUIPA, the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act. We have helped clients win cases against municipalities and other local government bodies from coast to coast, with experience serving both as general counsel and special litigation counsel.