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Richard A. Wendt

Consulting Member

Education & Credentials


Northern Michigan University

  • magna cum laude

Wayne State University Law School


Bar Admission

  • Michigan1972


  • Grand Rapids Magazine
    • "Top Lawyers," Municipal Law, Public Finance Law, 2020
  • Best Lawyers of America®
    • Municipal Law and Public Finance Law, 2023-2024
    • "Lawyer of the Year," Municipal Law 2012, 2016, 2018, 2020
  • Michigan Super Lawyers®
    • Government Finance, 2008-2019
  • National Registry of Who's Who
    • Life Member

Representative Clients

  • R. W. Baird & Co.
  • Chase Bank
  • Downtown Development Authority of the City of Grand Rapids
  • City of Grand Rapids
  • Grand Rapids-Kent County Convention/Arena Authority
  • Grand Rapids SmartZone Tax Increment Finance Authority
  • Grand Valley Regional Biosolids Authority
  • Kent County
  • City of Lowell
  • Van Andel Research Institute

Prominent Assignments

Served as bond counsel for over 1,000 tax-exempt bond issues for both public, private and non-profit projects.

Served as bond counsel for the City of Grand Rapids for 2 bond issues totaling $126 million to construct a new 35-mile water main from Lake Michigan to Grand Rapids.

Served as bond counsel for Metropolitan Hospital for $135 million issue to relocate its entire campus.

Served as bond counsel for five bond issues totaling $330 million for the Van Andel Research Institute.

Served as bond counsel for the City of Grand Rapids for 13 bond issues totaling $336 million used to eliminate combined sanitary sewer overflows.

Served as bond counsel for a $55 million issue to construct the Van Andel Arena.

Served as bond counsel for 2 bond issues totaling $84 million for construction of the DeVos Place convention center.

Serve as City Attorney for Hudsonville, Lowell and Rockford and special counsel to numerous other municipalities.

Negotiated the sale of a municipally-owned cable television system to a private purchaser.

Negotiated multi-party municipal water and sanitary sewer wholesale and retail agreements.

Negotiated on behalf of municipalities and private entities numerous public/private development economic development incentive agreements, including the J. W. Marriott, Hemlock Semiconductor and Gallery on Fulton projects.

Professional Involvement

  • Grand Rapids Bar Association
  • National Association of Bond Lawyers
  • State Bar of Michigan (Taxation and Public Corporations Section)
  • Michigan Municipal Attorneys Association

Community Involvement

  • Mary Free Bed Hospital and Rehabilitation Center Orthotics and Prosthetics Board
  • Disability Advocates of Kent County Board
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