Attorneys

Attorneys

Meet Our Team

Our mission is accomplished through the efforts of highly skilled and motivated attorneys committed to supporting educational institutions. Our clients are confident that Collins & Blaha, P.C. will represent their interests competently and with the hands-on approach that a specialized firm can provide.

Attorneys

Meet Our Team

Our mission is accomplished through the efforts of highly skilled and motivated attorneys committed to supporting educational institutions. Our clients are confident that Collins & Blaha, P.C. will represent their interests competently and with the hands-on approach that a specialized firm can provide.

Of Counsel

Robert J. Gavin

Robert J. Gavin graduated cum laude as a mechanical engineer from University of Michigan College of Engineering. He earned his Juris Doctor from DePaul University College of Law. Mr. Gavin concentrates his practice in providing bond counsel and general counsel services to municipalities, school districts, and charter schools. Mr. Gavin is Nationally Recognized Bond Counsel and has broad experience in all types of public finance, including state aid notes and municipal bond financings. Mr. Gavin also focuses on general funding issues, including State School Aid and Revenue Sharing issues, competitive bidding issues, election issues, and contract negotiations for professional services, including architects and construction managers.

Kevin A. Smith

Kevin A. Smith received his Bachelor of Art in Business Supply Chain Management from Michigan State University and his Juris Doctor degree from Wayne State University Law School. Mr. Smith was a member of the Wayne Law Review and attended the Eli Broad College of Business at MSU. Mr. Smith brings over 22 years of experience in public finance, local municipal and school law, deficit elimination planning, government restructuring, public school administration, business, and strategic planning. Mr. Smith specializes in crisis management and developing solutions to help local municipalities and school districts resolve financial deficit and operational challenges.

Donald P. DeNault, Jr

Donald P. DeNault, Jr. graduated from Western Michigan University magna cum laude with honors in Political Science and Minors in Communications and Philosophy. He received his Juris Doctor degree from Wayne State University Law School. Mr. DeNault focuses his practice on all areas of municipal and school law, including Freedom of Information Act matters, Open Meetings Act compliance, fire and building code matters, planning and zoning, student discipline, bidding and purchasing, appeals, litigation defense, civil service, civil rights, governmental immunity, government contracts, ordinance drafting, ordinance prosecution, and policy preparation.

John D. Bartley

John D. Bartley Graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Art in General Business Administration and received his Juris Doctor degree from Michigan State University, Detroit College of Law. Mr. Bartley represents sellers and purchasers in complex purchase and sales transactions. He is involved in all aspects of leases, easements, restrictions and in clearing title encroachments and encumbrances. He has also represented many lending institutions with such complex issues as permanent financing transactions, construction lending, loan workouts, and foreclosures. Mr. Bartley serves as the co-chairperson of the Title and Conveyancing Subcommittee for the Real Property Section of the State Bar of Michigan.

Paul H. Scott

Paul H. Scott received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan with majors in political science and economics. He received his master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University and received a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Michigan Law School. Mr. Scott was elected to the Michigan State House at the age of 26. He prides himself in using creative strategies, tools, and techniques, and strategically combining them with a “results-oriented” focus to craft powerful litigating and negotiation blueprints for clients.

David B. Roth

David B. Roth received his bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University, and he received his Juris Doctor from Michigan State University College of Law. Mr. Roth has represented Michigan school districts before the Teacher’s Tenure Commission and in litigation of labor arbitration before the American Arbitration Association. He has also conducted investigations of employee misconduct, including complaints of harassment and hostile work environment.

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