James W. Bliss

Retired Member

Education & Credentials


Western Michigan University

B.S., 1967

Western Michigan University

M. A., 1970

University of Michigan Law School

J.D., 1977

Bar Admission

  • Michigan


  •  Best Lawyers in America®
    • "Lawyer of the Year," Public Finance Law, 2012, 2018

Representative Clients

  • Michigan Department of Transportation
  • Michigan Higher Education Facilities Authority
  • Michigan Municipal Bond Authority
  • Michigan State Building Authority
  • Michigan State Hospital Finance Authority
  • Michigan State Housing Development Authority
  • State of Michigan

Prominent Assignments

Bond counsel to numerous Michigan issuers of bonds to finance private, non-profit, higher education facilities

Principle drafter of Durant Funding Legislation

Act as bond counsel, underwriters counsel, counsel to credit enhancers, counsel to other purchasers of municipal securities, and counsel to conduit borrowers

Professional Involvement

  • National Association of Bond Lawyers
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Public Corporation Section, State Bar of Michigan
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