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James Crowley






Michigan State University, B.A. Accounting, 1981

Wayne State University, J.D., 1984

Bar Admissions

Jim Crowley is a member of the Public Finance Practice Group in Miller Canfield's Detroit office, where he concentrates his practice in the areas of school finance, election and general school business law.

Jim has extensive experience in school finance and regularly serves as bond counsel, note counsel, underwriter's counsel, and disclosure counsel for public schools and other issuers.

In these capacities he has served as counsel relating to tax-exempt and taxable financings, fixed and variable rate financings, general obligation and revenue financings, unlimited and limited tax financings, conduit financings, installment purchase agreements, finance leases and operating cash-flow borrowings including state aid notes, tax anticipation notes and lines of credit.

Jim is also well versed in all aspects of the Michigan School Bond Qualification and Loan Program available to public school districts, and has extensive experience with school elections for school bond proposals, operating tax proposals (i.e. renewals, increases and Headlee restorations) and school building and site sinking fund proposals.

Jim also has a wealth of experience in general business law as it relates to public schools including  school finance matters under the School Code and the State School Aid Act, employee benefit matters (i.e. MPSERS, 403(b) and 457 plans, etc.), tax law matters and tax-exempt organizations (i.e. education and other foundations, boosters clubs and other affiliated organizations).

Professional Activities

National Association of Bond Lawyers

American Bar Association

The Incorporated Society of Irish American Lawyers


"School Building and Site Sinking Fund Update," Michigan School Business Officials 2017 Annual Conference, May 4, 2017

"Permissible Expenditures and Compliance Strategies," Michigan School Business Officials 2017 Annual Conference, May 4, 2017

"Legal Update," Michigan School Business Officials 2017 Annual Conference, May 3, 2017

"Developing, Passing and Selling a School Bond Issue," Michigan Association of School Boards Annual Leadership Conference, Detroit, Michigan, November 11, 2016

"School Elections and the Michigan Campaign Finance Act," Wayne County Association of School Boards, May 12, 2016