TROY, Mich., Feb. 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Stephen J. Hitchcock of Giarmarco, Mullins & Horton, P.C., has been named a 2013 Top Lawyer by dbusiness and as a Michigan Super Lawyer. He also has an "AV" Peer Review Rating from Martindale- Hubbell, the highest ranking by peers for general ethical standards and legal ability. Mr. Hitchcock concentrates his practice in the areas of municipal law litigation, employee benefits, and business transactions. He has extensive experience in municipal matters over the past 26 years, handling municipal government and school board issues. He represents a number of insurance companies in litigation defense, fringe benefits, disability and other employment related litigation. He has previously served on the Zoning Board of Appeals and the School Board in Novi. He is currently a trustee with the Novi Educational Foundation. Mr. Hitchcock has represented local cities and townships for over 25 years in matters relating to water/sewer, zoning, planning, land use, ordinance drafting, contract negotiations, and municipal litigation. He represented the City of Romulus as city attorney, the Charter Township of Brownstown, and Kochville Township on various legal matters. Mr. Hitchcock has also provided legal services for the City of Hamtramck, Charter Township of Shelby, City of Belleville, City of Ecorse, Charter Township of Redford, City of Taylor, City of Trenton, City of Montrose and other municipalities. Mr. Hitchcock received his BA from the University of Michigan and Western Michigan University, and his JD from Detroit College of Law. He is admitted to practice in Michigan, Florida, the Michigan Supreme Court, US Court of Appeals and US Supreme Court. Giarmarco, Mullins & Horton, P.C., ranks as the 12 th largest law firm in Michigan. Founded 39 years ago, located in Troy and Detroit, Michigan. Giarmarco, Mullins & Horton, P.C. is a full service law firm with 70 attorneys. Areas of practice include litigation, corporate law, health care law, business transactions, estate and trust planning, commercial litigation, governmental law, real estate, creditors' rights, criminal law, employment and labor and workers' compensation. GMH has been recognized as a Top Tier Law Firm in the United States by U.S. News and World Report. Additional recognitions include Crain's Detroit Business Cool Place to Work and Detroit Free Press Top Workplaces 2012. www.gmhlaw.com SOURCE Giarmarco, Mullins & Horton, P.C.