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Jeffrey S. Aronoff

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Education

Wayne State University Law School, J.D.

University of Michigan, Ford School of Public Policy, M.P.P.

Michigan State University, B.A.

Bar Admissions

Jeffrey S. Aronoff specializes in all types of public finance and securities, including municipal infrastructure finance, economic development finance and school finance. He also regularly counsels governmental clients on general matters including economic development initiatives, fiscal distress issues and public-private collaboration.  

In addition to his broad based work with municipalities and school districts, Jeff has special expertise in airport finance and conduit financing for tax-exempt organizations and small manufacturers.  He also has extensive experience assisting local leaders in the establishment and ongoing operation of intergovernmental and regional authorities designed to manage large public assets.

Representative Matters

Regional Convention Center Authority Creation and Financing

Over a three-year period, Jeff led a cross-practice team of attorneys in the transfer of the Cobo Convention Center from the City of Detroit to the Detroit Regional Convention Facility Authority. Jeff helped draft the Authority’s enabling legislation, guided the Authority through its incorporating proceedings, worked alongside Miller Canfield colleagues negotiating and documenting the asset transfer, and served as bond counsel to the Authority in connection with its $315 million financing to redevelop the facility.

Airport Refinancing

Jeff was a member of the Miller Canfield team serving as bond counsel to the Wayne County Airport Authority as it restructured over $1 billion in bonds originally issued to finance the construction of two new terminals and related improvements.

Amicus Curiae Briefs

As a number of cases relating to municipal government have come before appellate courts in Michigan in recent years, Jeff has drafted several amicus curiae briefs in support of municipal government advocacy organizations on matters involving utility ratemaking, municipal powers and other issues important to local units of government.

Public Transportation Authority Transition

Jeff guided a regional public transportation authority through the process of taking over the role of a predecessor authority that had been dissolved. He helped the client navigate a difficult maze of limitations and requirements imposed by various federal and state regulatory agencies, which had the potential to choke off all funds to the client, threatening its survival. In the end, the client assumed all the powers and resources it needed to move forward on important policy objectives.

Honors

Michigan Super Lawyers, Bonds/Government Finance, Rising Star 2009- 2011

Marshall Memorial Fellowship 2011

Professional Activities

State Bar of Michigan

American Bar Association

Civic, Cultural & Social Activities

Leadership Detroit, Class XXXV

Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit, NextGen Board of Directors, 2010-15

Jewish Community Relations Council, Board of Directors, 2008-2013

New Detroit: Emerging Leaders in Race Relations, 2007-2008

Detroit Institute of Arts, Founders' Junior Council, Board of Directors, 2006-2008

Wayne State University Law Alumni Association, Board of Directors, 2006-2011

Teaching

University of Michigan-Dearborn, Institute for Local Government, Instructor

BUILD Institute, Instructor

Speeches

"Intergovernmental Cooperation," Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys Local Government Academy, March 24, 2011

"Learning About Opportunities in the Detroit Region Aerotropolis," Wayne County EDGE (Panelist), Crain's Detroit Business, October 21, 2009

"The Credit Crunch Hits the Munis: The Current Landscape and Hazards that Lie Ahead," Wayne County Treasurers Association, June 18, 2008

"Municipal Finance Fundamentals," Michigan Municipal League Elected Officials Academy, October 2007

"Prevailing Wage Law in Michigan," Lorman Education Services, July 2006

Publications

"Legislative Mystery: Did the Michigan Legislature Leave an Entire Class of Teachers Without a Seat at the Bargaining Table in the Charter School Era?" (Note), 48 Wayne Law Review 1485 (2003)

"Legal Briefs," (Editor), Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys, 2007-08