Michael D. Gresens joined Thrun Law Firm in 1994, after graduating from the University of Michigan Law School (J.D., 1994). Mike received his undergraduate education from Michigan State University (B.A., with honor, Honors College, 1991).

Mike’s practice focuses on public finance, elections, municipal law and general school law. With respect to public finance, he has acted as bond counsel for the following types of municipal bond/finance transactions, among others: school district voted and nonvoted bonds, capital improvement bonds, downtown development bonds, revenue bonds, special assessment bonds, building authority bonds, refunding bonds, department of public works bonds, drain bonds, tax increment bonds, state aid notes, tax anticipation notes, installment purchase agreements, and lease-purchase agreements. In those transactions, Mike has represented a wide spectrum of public entities across Michigan, including school districts, cities, townships, villages, counties, drainage districts, and downtown development authorities. He has also been counsel to certain underwriters and financial institutions, as well as the Michigan Finance Authority, with respect to the Authority’s annual school district state aid note pool program.

He has over 20 years’ experience representing cities, townships, villages, and counties across Michigan on general municipal matters. For example, on behalf of the firm, Mike has acted as general counsel to a Michigan charter township client since 1997. He has significant experience with the following areas of municipal law: Open Meetings Act, Freedom of Information Act, Michigan Tax Tribunal, ordinance drafting, ordinance enforcement, zoning/planning/land use, downtown development and other tax increment finance authorities, economic development, public improvements, special assessments, elections, taxation, and intergovernmental agreements and cooperation.

Mike is a member of the State Bar of Michigan (Public Corporation Law and Real Property Law sections), the Ingham County Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the National Association of Bond Lawyers, the Michigan Council of School Attorneys, and the National Council of School Attorneys. He is listed as a bond attorney in the Bond Buyer’s Municipal Marketplace directory, also known as the “Red Book.”

Mike lives in East Lansing, within walking distance of Michigan State University’s campus, with his wife, daughter, and two sons (one human, one canine).


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