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123 W. Allegan Street
Suite 900
Lansing, MI  48933-1888
Phone: (517) 371-1730
Fax: (517) 487-4700


Michigan State University, B.A., 1979

  • With High Honor
  • Phi Beta Kappa

University of Notre Dame Law School, J.D., 1982

  • cum laude

Bar Admission

  • Michigan

Prominent Assignments

  • Appellate counsel on more than two hundred matters involving commercial interests and regulated industries in the areas of gaming, insurance, telecommunications,energy, elections, tax, and business
  • Counsel to insurers pertaining to credit scoring litigation
  • Counsel to the receiver of three insurance companies
  • Counsel to MGM Grand Detroit, LLC in obtaining license to operate casino in Detroit, Michigan
  • Counsel to various entities and ballot question committees, in support of or opposition to gaming, insurance, and constitutional revision
  • Counsel to the Michigan Republican Party in congressional and legislative redistricting following the census in 1990, 2000, and 2010
  • Appellate counsel to health care company and subsidiaries
  • Member, legal transition team for Governor-Elect Rick Snyder
  • Michigan counsel, Fred Thompson for President (2008)
  • Counsel to Engler for Governor (1994 and 1998)
  • Michigan counsel, Bob Dole for President (1995-1996)


  • The Best Lawyers in America, Appellate (2012-present)
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Administrative/Regulatory Law; Energy Law (2014-present)
  • The Best Lawyers in America "2014, 2015, 2018 Lansing Lawyer of the Year - Appellate Practice"
  • Michigan Super Lawyers, Appellate (2014-Present)
  • Life Fellow, American Bar Foundation (2017)
  • Senior Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America (2009-present)
  • Distinguished Brief Award, Thomas M. Cooley Law Review (2009)

Representative Clients

  • AT&T Michigan
  • CenturyTel, Inc.
  • Insurance Institute of Michigan
  • MGM Grand Detroit, LLC and MGM Resorts International
  • Michigan Municipal Electric Association
  • Michigan Public Power Agency
  • Michigan Republican Party

Professional Involvement

  • Board of Law Examiners (July 2015-present)
  • Judicial Qualifications Committee, State Bar of Michigan (2013-present)
  • Worker's Compensation Qualifications Advisory Committee, 2002-2011. Appointed by Governor Engler (2002). Reappointed by Governor Granholm (2005 and 2009). Appointed chairman by Governor Snyder (2011). (Committeeeliminated by statute, 2011.)
  • Chairman, Michigan Republican Lawyers Association (1995-1997)

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