Christopher J. Iamarino

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Assistant Name: 
Kathy Gilson
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Christopher J. Iamarino has practiced public finance and election, school and construction law since 1995, exclusively with Thrun Law Firm. Mr. Iamarino received his J.D. from Notre Dame Law School in 1995, where he studied for a year in the Concannon Programme of International Law, London, England. While at Notre Dame, he was a published note author for the Journal of Legislation. Mr. Iamarino graduated with a B.A., cum laude, from Michigan State University (James Madison College) in 1991. He was also a graduating member of the Michigan State University Honors College.

Mr. Iamarino has served as bond and note counsel to public school districts, intermediate school districts, public school academies, community colleges, counties, townships, cities, villages, libraries and municipal authorities across the state of Michigan. He deals with election matters involving both bond and millage questions, as well as election of public officers. He regularly provides general counsel and advice to public schools and municipal corporations. Mr. Iamarino frequently drafts construction contracts and handles construction litigation. As a trial lawyer, Mr. Iamarino has first chaired various construction, public finance, and contract disputes on behalf of public sector clients in federal and state trial and appellate courts, as well as in mediation and in arbitration. With a blend of both trial and transactional skills, Mr. Iamarino is a seasoned and experienced lawyer who has been counted upon by public entities to negotiate and draft important transactional agreements that further the goals of those public entities and, if necessary, litigate on behalf of those entities to enforce those agreements.

As of late 2023, Mr. Iamarino successfully completed civil mediation training and has been named to the Ingham County Circuit Court's list of approved mediators.

With a Martindale Hubbell rating of “AV Preeminent,” Mr. Iamarino is admitted to practice both in Michigan state and federal courts. He is listed as a bond attorney in the Bond Buyer’s Municipal Marketplace directory (the “Red Book”). Leadership is a hallmark of Mr. Iamarino’s approach. He currently serves as President (since 2020) of Thrun Law Firm and as a member of the firm's executive committee (since 2006). He previously served on the James Madison College Board of Visitors member (2007-2020), as well as the President of the Michigan Council of School Attorneys (2010‐2011), a two‐term member of the Michigan Council of School Attorneys Board of Directors (2006‐2012), a member of the Michigan State University National Alumni Board of Directors (2004‐2007), and as a Cub Scout Pack 125 Cubmaster (2009 – 2012). He is a frequent speaker and lecturer on public finance and election, school and construction law matters for organizations including the Michigan Council of School Attorneys, the Michigan School Business Officials, the Michigan Association of School Administrators, the Michigan Association of School Boards and the Michigan Community College Business Officers Association.

Mr. Iamarino lives in the Lansing area with his wife after launching their two sons into adulthood. He enjoys the outdoors, kayaking, scuba diving and is an avid fan of both Michigan State University and University of Notre Dame athletics. He and his family are active parishioners at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in East Lansing.