Laura M Bassett

Of Counsel
Laura Bassett is an experienced public law and municipal finance attorney. As bond counsel, she advises municipalities, school districts and other governmental entities on tax-exempt and taxable financings, including debt issued in connection with intergovernmental and public-private collaborations and distressed government restructuring. Laura’s public law experience includes advising clients on election and campaign finance laws, K-12 and charter school laws, open meeting matters, special assessment procedures and zoning regulations. Laura also has significant experience with tax increment laws and procedures, including downtown development authorities and brownfield redevelopment authorities, and she has drafted governing documents, including intergovernmental agreements, bylaws and rules of procedure, for many types of public entities.

Education & Credentials

Education

Kalamazoo College

B.A., Art History, 1992
  • magna cum laude, with honors 
  • Phi Beta Kappa

University of Michigan

Ph.D., History of Art, 2003
  • Fulbright Scholar to the Netherlands for doctoral research, 1999-2000
  • Outstanding Teaching Award, Department of History of Art, 1997

Wayne State University Law School

J.D., 2008
  • cum laude
  • Ira J. Spoon Award for best paper on subject of urban development
  • David Adamany Endowed Constitutional Law Scholar Award
  • Law Review, Editorial board, Note and Comment Editor

Bar Admission

  • Michigan

Acknowledgements

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

Professional Involvement

  • State Bar of Michigan, Government Law Section, Member
  • Michigan Women in Finance, Board of Directors 2012-2017, Executive Committee 2014-2017

Community Involvement

  • The Heidelberg Project, Detroit, Honorary Advisory Board Member 2017-present
  • The Heidelberg Project, Detroit, Board of Directors 2007-2015, Board President 2013-2015
  • Cultural Alliance of Southeastern Michigan and Michigan Nonprofit Association, Strategic Alliance, Advisory Board 2010

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan

Publications/Presentations

  • 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
  • Takings in the Big Picture: The Impact of Prop. 4’s Eminent Domain Restrictions on Urban Redevelopment in Michigan”, 53 Wayne L. Rev. 899 (2007)
  • School Legal Update, Start&Spaces Leadership Services, Inc. & Michigan Association of School Administrators Success Start Kick-Off, Lansing, Michigan, 2015 and 2016
  • Regional Collaboration, Michigan Municipal League Elected Officials Academy Core Weekender, Frankenmuth, Michigan, 2014
  • The Latest in School Reform, Michigan School Business Officials Conference, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 2013

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