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At our core, Miller Canfield is a financial services firm, providing key services to financial institutions across a broad range of legal disciplines. We have been consistently doing that since 1852. While we have regional, national and international reach, we have never strayed from our Midwestern roots and values - honesty, ingenuity, hard work, trust, courtesy, modesty, relationship and resilience. 

Our long and extensive experience in this industry has given us a deep understanding of the landscape of the industry and its marketplaces, cyclical trends and the business, credit, financial products and instruments, as well as the corporate, organizational and regulatory issues that financial institutions face across the life cycle of their activities and transactions. We combine that understanding with expertise, imagination, experience and great service to both private and public-sector institutions to provide real-time critical advice. 

We serve all major participants in virtually every aspect of private and public sector financial services, including through complementary practices and strategic teams with long tenures, superb credentials and a strong commitment to our clients. 


We are consistently recognized both nationally and regionally as having one of the leading financial services practices by Chambers USA, "Best Lawyers" and U.S. News & World Report.

Published client comments in Chambers USA describe a cross-section of our attorneys as "outstanding," "excellent," "standout," "very bright and very creative," "responsive and thoughtful with excellent client service," "terrific: thorough, reassuring and incredibly efficient," coupled with a "very pragmatic approach to transactional involvement" and "deep technical expertise," and being "a pleasure to work with." Our advice is trusted by clients for good reason. As an example, our Public Finance Group has been ranked as first-tier in U.S. News & World Report’s "Best Law Firms," first in Michigan and fifth in the Midwest among bond counsel by Thompson Reuters, which has also ranked us top bond counsel in Michigan for more than 30 consecutive years.