Vanderbilt University Law School
All Michigan state courts
United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
United States Court of Federal Claims
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan
United States Supreme Court
Public Sector, Litigation and Real Estate Attorney
Bob focuses his practice on public sector, litigation and real estate matters. Within his public sector practice, he provides litigation services to cities, villages, townships, counties, and public authorities in the areas of land use, right-of-way acquisition, contract disputes and eminent domain. Bob has significant experience in street vacations and plat amendments under the Land Division Act for public and private developments.
Bob has a unique focus advising both general aviation and commercial service airports throughout Michigan on regulatory matters, operations, leases and agreements and real estate acquisition.
Northwest Airlines v County of Kent, 510 US 355 (1994): Represented the Gerald R. Ford International Airport in an action involving airline rates and charges which were claimed to violate the Anti-Head Tax Act (AHTA) and the Commerce Clause for the Airlines’ use of the Airport; obtained a court decision upholding the rates and charges as reasonable.
Honors and Recognitions
Best Lawyers in America®, Lawyer of the Year, Municipal Law, 2017
Best Lawyers in America®, Municipal Law, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2020, 2022
Grand Rapids Magazine’s Top Lawyers, Municipal Law, 2019
Leading Lawyers: Aviation Law; Land Use, Zoning & Condemnation Law; Real Estate Law – Commercial
Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated
Michigan Super Lawyers®, Real Estate and Aviation Law
Grand Rapids Bar Association
Grand Rapids Bar Justice Foundation, life member
State Bar of Michigan: Public Corporation Law Section; Real Property Law Section