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Laura M. Bassett

Senior Attorney




Wayne State University Law School, J.D. 2008

University of Michigan, Ph.D. 2003

Kalamazoo College, B.A. 1992

Bar Admissions

Court Admissions

U.S. District Court

  • Eastern District of Michigan

Laura M. Bassett advises public entities on a range of financing and related legal matters, including economic development initiatives, municipal infrastructure finance and school finance. 

In the area of tax increment finance, she assists downtown development authorities, tax increment finance authorities and brownfield redevelopment authorities. She also advises governmental clients on general matters, including intergovernmental collaborations, legislative drafting, and election law and campaign finance compliance. She has particular experience assisting financially distressed municipalities and school districts to make informed decisions to achieve their objectives.

Representative Matters


Michigan Super Lawyers, Rising Star, Bonds/Government Finance 2013 - 2015

Wayne State University Law School, 2008, cum laude; Law Review, Editorial Board, Note and Comment Editor; Women's Law Caucus, Chair; Ira J. Spoon Award, Best Paper on: Subject of Urban Development; David Adamany Endowed Constitutional Law Scholar Award

University of Michigan, 2003, Dissertation: The Paintings and Career of Cornelis de Man: Art and Mercantile Culture in Seventeenth-Century Delft; Fulbright Scholar to the Netherlands for doctoral research; Outstanding Teaching Award, Department of History of Art; University of Michigan International Institute Grant for research in Ghana

Kalamazoo College, 1992, magna cum laude with honors; Phi Beta Kappa; Honors on Senior Project, Bringing Art to the People: Internship in Museum Education at the North Carolina Museum of Art

Professional Activities

American Bar Association, State and Local Government Section

State Bar of Michigan

Oakland County Bar Association

Michigan Women in Finance, Board Member

Civic, Cultural & Social Activities

The Heidelberg Project, President Board of Directors, Chair Executive Committee

ArtsCorpsDetroit, Founding member, Board of Directors

Wayne State University Law School Alumni Association, Board Member

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit, Volunteer Mentor

Cultural Alliance of Southeastern Michigan and Michigan Michigan Nonprofit Association, Strategic Alliance Project, Advisory Board


Wayne State University, Department of Art and Art History, Adjunct Faculty Member, Winter 2004-Spring 2005

University of Michigan-Dearborn, Department of History of Art, Visiting Lecturer, Spring 2002

University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, Department of History of Art, Graduate Student Instructor, Fall 1995-Winter 2003


“Incorporation of a Home Rule Village into a City,” Incorporation 101 Webinar, Michigan Municipal League, May 21, 2014

“Blended, Distance and Other Forms of Online Learning – Recent Developments,” Michigan School Business Officials, Grand Rapids, MI, May 8, 2014

“Legal Update,” Michigan School Business Officials, Grand Rapids, MI, May 8, 2014

“Regional Collaboration,” Michigan Municipal League Elected Officials Academy Core Weekender, Frankenmuth, MI, February 8, 2014

“Legal Update,”  Michigan  School Business Officials, Grand Rapids,  MI, April 24, 2013

“The Latest in School Reform,” Michigan School Business Officials, Grand Rapids, MI, April 23, 2013

“Debt Related Filing Requirements”, Michigan School Business Officials Annual Conference, Detroit, May 3, 2012

“Revenue Sharing Programs”, Michigan Government Finance Officers Association and Michigan Municipal Treasurers Association Spring Seminar, East Lansing, March 23, 2012

“Creative Consolidation:  Success in Shared Services”, Michigan Municipal League Capital Conference, Lansing, March 20, 2012

"Local Government Fundamentals," Institute for Local Government, University of Michigan-Dearborn, December 10, 2009


“Tax Increment Financing as a Tool for Redevelopment: Attracting Private Investment to Serve a Public Purpose—The Example of Michigan,” The Urban Lawyer, Vol 41, No. 34, Fall 2009 

"Taking(s) in the Big Picture: The Impact of Prop. 4's Eminent Domain Restrictions on Urban Redevelopment in Michigan," 53 Wayne L.Rev. 899 (2007)