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Steven D. Mann





Thomas M. Cooley Law School, J.D. 2004

Cleary College, B.B.A. 2001

Bar Admissions

Steven D. Mann specializes in the area of municipal finance, representing public agencies as bond counsel.

His practice covers all facets of tax increment financing, special assessments, and economic development. He has also authored several amicus curiae briefs for both the Michigan Court of Appeals and the Michigan Supreme Court, arguing on behalf public bodies and municipal associations in cases involving complex issues related to the Freedom of Information Act and the Open Meetings Act.


Thomas M. Cooley Law School, cum laude; Managing Associate, Law Review; Scholarly writing Teaching Assistant; Voelker Award, most significant contribution to the publication

Cleary College, summa cum laude

Professional Activities

American Bar Association

State Bar of Michigan

Civic, Cultural & Social Activities

Charter Township of Plymouth, Trustee, 2004-2012; Supervisor, 2000-2004

Assembly of the Rouge Communities–Organization Committee

Colonial Kiwanis Club of Plymouth

Plymouth Community Foundation–Steering Committee


"OMA/FOIA in the Electronic Age," Michigan School Business Officials, Grand Rapids, Mich.,  May 2014

"Legal Update,"  U.P. City Managers, Marquette, Mich., May 2014

"Financing Energy Conservation Improvements," Michigan School Business Officials, Crystal Mountain, Mich., October 2014

"Achieving Council Efficiency - Roles and Responsibilities," Michigan Municipal League, Marquette, Mich., October 2014

"Municipal Finance in 2015 and Beyond," Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys, Marquette, Mich., October 2014

"Delivering Township Services," Michigan Townships Association Township Governance Academy, Lansing, Mich., October 2014

"Financial Challenges to Local Government CLE," ABA Section on State and Local Government Law 2013 Fall Council Meeting, Sante Fe, NM, October 24, 2013

"Sunshine Laws and Local Government," Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys Law Academy, March 21, 2013

"Statutory and Case Law Developments Regarding the Freedom of Information Act and the Open Meetings Act" (Co-presenter), State Bar of Michigan - Public Corporations Law Section, February 8, 2013

"Fundamentals of Municipal Finance," Michigan Townships Association, January 24, 2013

"The Open Meetings Act Webinar Series," Closed Sessions, Sections 8A and 8C, Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys, October 10, 2012

"FOIA vs Discover" (Co-presenter), Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys, Lansing, Michigan, March 20, 2012

"Financing Lessons Learned in a Down Economy," Michigan Townships Association, Detroit, Michigan, January 25, 2012

"Special Assessment Procedures," Michigan Townships Association, Lansing, Michigan, August 30, 2011; Gaylord, Michigan, August 31, 2011

"The Freedom of Information Act," Michigan Association of Municipal Clerks, Lansing, Michigan, May 23, 2011

"The Freedom of Information Act," Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys Advanced Academy, Lansing, Michigan, March 24, 2011

"The Freedom of Information Act," Michigan Municipal League On-site Training, Romulus, Michigan, February 3, 2011; Grand Haven, Michigan, February 9, 2011

"Fundamentals of Municipal Finance," Michigan Association of Township Supervisors,  October 21, 2009

"Funding and Delivering Township Services," Michigan Townships Association (Township Governance Academy), Saginaw, Michigan, September 18, 2009; Frankenmuth, Michigan, April 29, 2011; Detroit, Michigan, January 24, 2012

"Fundamentals of Municipal Finance," (Co-presenter Patrick F. McGow) Michigan Townships Association, January 28, 2009

"Financing Capital Improvements," (Co-presenter Thomas D. Colis) Michigan Townships Association, January 27, 2009

"Special Assessment Procedures," Michigan Townships Association, July 22, 2008 and August 19, 2008

"Financing Township Road Improvements," Michigan Townships Association, June 5, 2008

"Bond Financing Basics," Northern Michigan Public Service Academy, April 30, 2008

"Implications of the Michigan Business Tax on Tax Increment Finance Entities," Wayne County Treasurers Association, September 26, 2007


"Sunshine Laws and Local Government," Chapter 5, Michigan Municipal Law, The Institute of Continuing Legal Education, 2012 (Co-author)

"State Revolving Fund, Rural Development Accommodate Drainage District Financings," Pipeline Magazine, Michigan Association of County Drain Commissioners, Vol. 17, No. 4, Fourth Quarter 2008