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Corporate Attorney

Fred provides general legal counsel to private business interests and nonprofit organizations. He has over 30 years of experience assisting for-profit and nonprofit companies with advice, strategies and services related to startup, growth, development and exit, including entity formation and governance, financing, contracts, mergers and acquisitions, executive compensation, asset protection and business succession planning.

Fred has extensive knowledge in real estate and economic development with a particular knack for packaging incentives and credits to make the impossible deal possible, as well as businesses or properties impacted by environmental regulations or concerns. He is a frequent speaker on utilizing new markets tax credits (NMTCs), qualified opportunity zones, low-income housing tax credits, historic tax credits, and other tax-advantaged programs to enhance development and infrastructure projects.

Fred is also one of Varnum's "go to" attorneys for legal matters involving business ventures of American Indian tribes and minority business enterprises.

For more information, please contact Fred Schubkegel at 269/553-3514 or


Honors & Recognitions

Best Lawyers in America®, 2021

Martindale-Hubbell® Distinguished™ Peer Review Rated

Michigan Super Lawyers®, since 2007

Professional Affiliations

Federal Bar Association: American Indian Law Section; Real Estate Law Section

Illinois State Bar

Kalamazoo Bar Association

Pennsylvania State Bar

State Bar of Michigan: American Indian Law Section; Real Property Law Section; Environmental Law Section; Business Law Section

Community Involvement

Southwest Michigan First, Board of Directors and Council of 100, member

Kalamazoo Downtown Partnership, Coalition for Growth, Board member

News & Publications


Panelist, strategic discussion on Tribal Business Development Opportunities, MiBiz, March 4, 2019

"Real Estate Development Prospects Under the Trump Administration: The Developer in Chief", January 2018

"Infrastructure Investment Using New Markets Tax Credits: A Step-by-Step Approach", June 2017

"Using New Markets Tax Credits to Enhance Your Brownfield Redevelopment Project", January 2017

"Maximizing the Business Advantage of Tribal Sovereignty", June 2016



University of Chicago School of Law
Chicago, Illinois
J.D., with honors, 1985

Augustana College
Rock Island, Illinois
B.A., magna cum laude, 1982

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois
  • Michigan
  • Pennsylvania

Court Admissions

  • All Michigan state courts
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
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