News from Thrun Law

January 4, 2013

As you are now no doubt aware, on December 11, 2012, Governor Snyder signed Public Act 349 of 2012 ("PA 349"), which amends the Public Employment Relations Act ("PERA") by incorporating "Right-to-Work" provisions. The purpose of this brief memorandum is to share with you our initial assessment of this legislation.

  • The most significant impact of "Right-to-Work" legislation is that employees cannot be required to pay either union membership dues or alternate "service fees" as a...
November 28, 2012

The importance of obtaining “qualified” status each year from the Michigan Department of Treasury (“Treasury”) cannot be overemphasized. School districts, intermediate school districts, and public school academies that do not obtain qualified status may experience significant delays in issuing bonds and notes during calendar year 2013, which may be especially problematic for cash flow borrowings such as state aid notes (“SANs”) and tax anticipation notes (“TANs”).

The Revised...

November 26, 2012

Thrun Law Firm is pleased to announce that Fredric G. Heidemann has recently joined our practice in the East Lansing office as an associate attorney.

Mr. Heidemann graduated from the University of Michigan (B.A., 2009, with honors) and the Michigan State University College of Law (J.D., 2012, magna cum laude), where he was a scholarship recipient and a Managing Editor of the Michigan State Law Review. While in law school, he worked at Thrun Law Firm as a law clerk.


November 1, 2012

Joe Mosier - Attorney

Patrick O'Brien - Law Clerk

Kevin Harty - Attorney

Gordon VanWieren - President

Sandy Bashore - Accounts Payable

Connie Bila - Legal Assistant

Meg Hackett - Attorney

Rob Dietzel - Attorney

Brigitte Kyes - Legal Assistant

Kim Lavin - Law Clerk

Robin Murray - Legal Assistant

Ray Davis - Attorney

Andrew Martini - Law Firm Messenger

Susan Woebse - Legal Assistant

Barb Feldkamp...

October 25, 2012

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the death of our colleague and friend, Dick Robinson. With an extensive practice in public sector and municipal law, Dick was well-known throughout the Lansing and tri-county area. Dick was born in Lansing, Michigan on October 5, 1942 and passed away October 24, 2012. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jay and Frances (Daniel) Robinson. He is survived by his wife, Karen; daughter, Bonnie (Robert) Owens; son, Bill Robinson; brother, Robert...

October 24, 2012

     The 2013 regular election dates for millage or bond proposals are as follows:

February 26, 2013
May 7, 2013
August 6, 2013
November 5, 2013

Michigan election law requires that a certified copy of the resolution approving ballot language for millage or bond propositions be forwarded to the...

October 12, 2012

Thrun Law Firm is pleased to announce that Brandon C. Walker has recently joined our practice in the East Lansing office as an associate attorney.

Mr. Walker graduated from the Eli Broad College of Business at Michigan State University (B.A., 2005) and Thomas M. Cooley Law School (J.D., cum laude, 2011) where he was an Associate Editor of the Cooley Law Review, a Grade Appeals Board Member, and a Thomas M. Cooley Honors Scholarship recipient.

Mr. Walker is a member of the State...

March 10, 2012

Thrun Law Firm will present its annual seminar for school administrators and school board members on current developments in school law. The alternative dates and locations are:

Tuesday, April 17, 2012 Mt. Pleasant Comfort Inn & Suites
November 24, 2011

Thrun Law Firm is proud to announce that attorney Michael B. Farrell was recently awarded the Ingham County Bar Association's Camille S. Abood Distinguished Volunteer Award. The award is presented to an attorney who has distinguished himself or herself by making voluntary contributions of time and talent for the benefit of others.

Mike exemplifies the values highlighted by the Distinguished Volunteer Award. He has volunteered his time with such worthy organizations as the Greater...