University of Michigan Law School, J.D. 1981
University of Michigan, M.B.A.
Michigan State University, M.S., B.S 1972
Harold W. Bulger’s primary expertise is helping municipalities secure the financing they need for infrastructure projects such as water, sewer and street improvements with an emphasis is in municipal economic development, brownfield redevelopment and tax increment financing.
Harold can also assist cultural and educational institutions obtain the loans they need to improve buildings, facilities and equipment. Harold has significant experience in representing issuers and underwriters in financing federally guaranteed and alternative state higher education student loan programs.
Harold has extensive experience in assisting financially distressed cities and school districts with short-term cash flow borrowings secured by anticipated taxes and revenues and long-term fiscal stabilization bond programs to solve fiscal structural imbalances. He also is actively involved with firm efforts to increase its representation of multiculturally diverse individuals and businesses.
Harold helped a community win a five-year battle to switch from well water to a municipal-wide system of piped-in drinking water. Although the wells were running dry and the water barely met quality standards, some residents vehemently opposed the project and did everything they could to maintain the status quo through court challenges and attempts to recall the elected officials who supported it. Harold and his team helped the community weather the political firestorm and ultimately issue the bonds to finance the project.
Miller Canfield serves as local counsel to the City of Detroit in connection with its Chapter 9 bankruptcy case filed in July 2013 and its ongoing restructuring efforts. In connection with this representation, Miller Canfield currently is (a) handling post-petition financing matters, (b) litigating and negotiating requests for relief from the automatic stay matter, and (c) assisting with the restructuring of various City departments. The City of Detroit has estimated that its total outstanding obligations as of the commencement of its bankruptcy case totaled approximately $18.5 billion.
Best Lawyers in America, Public Finance Law 2007-present
DBusiness Magazine, Top Lawyers, Public Finance 2011-present
Michigan Chronicle, Men of Excellence for 2012
Michigan Super Lawyers, Bonds/Government Finance 2012-present
American Bar Association
State Bar of Michigan since 1981
Wolverine Bar Association
Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association
National Association of Securities Professionals
Civic, Cultural & Social Activities
NAACP, Lifetime Member
School District of the City of Detroit, Schools of Choice Barbour Middle Magnet School Math Tutor
Michigan State University, Former Team Leader
Residential Care Alternatives, Former Trustee
Detroit Summer Finance Institute, Trustee