University of Michigan Law School, J.D., 1982
University of Michigan, M.P.P.,1983; A.B., 1979
Mike McGee currently serves as Miller Canfield’s Chief Executive Officer. In this role, he oversees the firm's 16 offices in five countries.
Prior to becoming CEO, Mike was a senior member of Miller Canfield's Public Finance group, with primary responsibility for general obligation and revenue bond issues amounting to more than $3.5 billion. With two academic degrees in economics and public policy in addition to law, he brings a unique perspective to his broad legal experience in structuring transactions. He has served as team leader and responsible principal on a wide range of public finance projects including infrastructure financing and refinancing, restructuring actions, compliance review, intergovernmental agreements and public entity creation, operation, and financing.
Mike has served as bond counsel on behalf of cities, counties, townships, authorities, and governmental entities of all types, and as underwriters' counsel in hundreds of transactions covering all areas of public infrastructure finance. In addition, he has negotiated complex intergovernmental agreements for a wide variety of clients, including major economic development projects and related legislation.
- Represented a Michigan county in both formulating legislation and crafting the public-private intergovernmental agreement between two counties, four cities, and three townships to establish an aerotropolis aimed at attracting logistics, transportation and manufacturing firms to transportation hubs and other regional facilities.
- Acted as bond counsel on a $1 billion financing for airport improvements.
- Crafted legislation enabling creation and financing of a regional convention authority.
- Represented cities in respect of local government emergency management laws.
University of Michigan Law School, Editorial Board, Michigan Law Review, 1980-82
Michigan Municipal League, Special Award of Merit, 2011 Outstanding Service Award
Southeast Michigan Council of Governments, Regional Ambassador Award
Michigan Super Lawyers, Bonds/Government Finance 2006-present; Top 100 Michigan Super Lawyers 2008-2009
Best Lawyers in America, Public Finance Law 2010-present
DBusiness Magazine, Top Lawyers, Municipal Law and Public Finance 2011
American Bar Association
National Association of Bond Lawyers
State Bar of Michigan, Public Corporation Law Section, Board Member
Michigan Municipal League
Michigan Townships Association
Michigan Government Finance Officers Association
Michigan Association of County Administrative Officers
Michigan Association of County Drain Commissioners
Public Administration Foundation of Michigan
Civic, Cultural & Social Activities
The Right Place, Board of Directors 2017-present
Detroit Regional Chamber, Board of Directors 2013-present
Michigan Saves, Board of Directors, 2011
Citizens Research Council of Michigan, Board of Directors, 2011
Turnaround Management Association, Michigan Chapter, Board of Directors, 2011
Detroit Regional Chamber, Leadership Detroit XIV Graduate
Rotary International Foundation, GSE Member
Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG), Past vice-chairman
"Emergency Management as an Alternative to Bankruptcy," 2013 ABA Annual Convention, San Francisco, Calif, August 10, 2013
"Understanding Tax Increment Finance: The Legal Basics," 2010 Economic Development Finance Conference, Detroit, Mich, March 30, 2010
Interview with Michigan Radio, "Michigan cities team up to offset 'fundamentally unsustainable' municipal finance system," July 19, 2016
"PACE programs, growth of green building due diligence take spotlight," (Co-authors Mark J. Bennett and Eric M. Jamison), Michigan Lawyers Weekly, April 19, 2010
"Intergovernmental Cooperation—Myths and Realities," Michigan Municipal Review, July/August 2010
"Brave New World: The Changing World of Municipal Finance," Public Corporation Law Quarterly, State Bar of Michigan, Spring 2010
"The Lawyer and the Bridge: How a Public Corporation Lawyer Saved the Mackinac Bridge," Public Corporation Law Quarterly, State Bar of Michigan, Summer 2007
"Government Entities Brace for an Accounting Tidal Wave," Hot Points, Fall 2006
"Financing Stormwater Facilities – or - Through the Looking Glass, Again," Michigan Municipal Review, July/August 2003
"Ethics," a chapter within the Michigan Municipal League’s Handbook for Municipal Officials, most recently published in 2003