Wheaton College

B.A., 1976

University of Michigan Law School

J.D., 1980

Bar Admission


Scott G. Smith



Scott G. Smith concentrates his practice in the areas of municipal law, municipal finance law, environmental law, and condemnation law.

Prominent Assignments

Scott serves as general legal counsel for the communities of Allegan, Grand Haven, Mt. Pleasant, Plainwell, Saline, and South Haven, and as special legal counsel for Grand Rapids, Greenville, Lake Odessa, Otsego, Portland, Wyoming, and a number of other communities.

Scott has extensive experience in all aspects of local governments and their endeavors, representing cities, townships, villages, counties, and myriad authorities and intergovernmental entities, brownfield redevelopment authorities, DDAs, TIFAs, EDCs, utility boards, joint fire and other emergency services boards, parks and recreation authorities, and other bodies and entities.

After being involved in scores of intergovernmental contracts, Scott drafted the Municipal Partnership Act, 2011 PA 258, and has been involved in a number of other legislative efforts involving local government issues. He has also been actively involved in legislation to eliminate and replace the personal property tax.


Co-author, "Understanding Township Franchises & Right-of-Way Consents," Michigan Township News, June 2003.

Scott has spoken at numerous conferences and seminars on such topics as property acquisition and condemnation, economic development, environmental considerations in municipal property transactions, blight enforcement, legislation affecting local governments, medical marihuana, open meetings and freedom of information issues, zoning, planning and land use, relationships between municipalities and non-profit entities, intergovernmental contracts, annexation and Act 425 agreements, personal property tax exemptions and replacement, and the redevelopment of blighted and contaminated property.

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  • Named a "Thought Leader in the Law" by West Michigan Business Review (2010)
  • Best Lawyers in America, Municipal Law and Municipal Litigation (2012-2018)
    • "Lawyer of the Year 2017"
  • Michigan Super Lawyers, Municipal Law (2012-2015)