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Shifman & Carlson, P.C. has a reputation of providing quality representation and effective legal counsel in estate planning, real estate, and business law.

Municipal & School Finance Lawyer

Law Firm for Municipalities in Farmington Hills, MI

Shifman & Carlson, P.C., is qualified and experienced to advise and represent clients in matters relating to municipal and school finance in the State of Michigan. We are nationally recognized bond counsel have acted as bond and note counsel on numerous and various bond issues and other financings by cities, villages, townships, school districts, and charter schools. These types of borrowings have included traditional general obligation bonds (both unlimited tax and limited tax), qualified school building and site bonds, refunding bonds, revenue bonds, state school aid, anticipation notes, as well as other types of cash flow borrowing. Our firm provides all the necessary legal services required while serving as bond counsel, including preparing authorizing and sales resolutions, opining on the validity and taxability of the bonds, issuing other opinions as necessary, and preparing and reviewing closing documents.

Our attorneys have worked successfully with the Michigan Finance Authority and its predecessors and the Michigan Department of Treasury, and can assist with required filings with the MSRB’s Electronic Municipal Market Access (EMMA) system and with the Michigan Department of Treasury’s Municipal Finance Qualifying Statement. The firm has successfully helped clients with municipal and school finance since it was founded in 1963.

Legal Counsel Assists in Borrowing Matters

Bond issuances are an effective means to provide alternative funding and costs savings for governmental entities. Cites, villages, townships, schools, and other public agencies may need to borrow money to accomplish their objectives and meet their financial needs. For instance, school districts may require funds for building repairs, facility upgrades, new construction, or implementation of special programs. It is essential and legally required that your municipality, school, or governmental authority has experienced counsel to guide you through this process.

Our firm has over 100 years of combined legal and professional experience including municipal law and school-related legal issues. John Carlson has been AV rated for over 20 years. John Carlson and Robert Gavin have been recognized numerous times by Super Lawyers and DBusiness Magazine for their work in municipal finance.


  • Serving MI Since 1963 – 100+ Years of Combined Experience

  • Top Rating For Ethics & Legal Ability (AV® Rating)

  • Selected for Inclusion in DBusiness Top Lawyers

  • Two Office Locations: Farmington Hills & Grand Rapids

  • Representing Individuals, Businesses, Municipalities & Schools

We proudly serve clients in Wayne County, Oakland County and Macomb County

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