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Steven C. Liedel Member

Steve Liedel, Office Managing Member of the Firm's Lansing, Michigan office, focuses his practice on government organization and restructuring, economic development, and tax policy. Mr. Liedel also provides counsel on legislative drafting, strategy, and interpretation; government policy; election law and campaign finance; government contracts and procurement; administrative law; and casino gaming. He has been extensively involved in drafting legislation, regulations, executive orders, executive directives, intergovernmental agreements, and government contracts. He also has been involved in lobbying legislative and executive branch officials and litigating public policy and constitutional issues.

Mr. Liedel served as Chief Legal Counsel to former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm with responsibility for government reorganization, legislative drafting, ethics compliance, emergency management and homeland security, election law, litigation concerning constitutional issues, tribal relations, gaming, clemency and corrections policy, municipal law, financial emergencies, and public financing. Prior to that, as Deputy Legal Counsel to the Governor, he served as attorney and policy advisor on matters relating to executive orders, legislation, veto messages, appointments to public office, economic development, local government, tax policy, and procurement reform and fiscal controls.

Prior to joining the Governor's office, Mr. Liedel was an associate attorney with Dykema in the Government Policy and Practice Group. With more than 20 years of experience relating to state and local government, he also has held staff positions with the Michigan House of Representatives, Michigan Senate, Illinois Senate, and the Law Department of the City of Knoxville, Tennessee.


  • Government organization and restructuring experience includes the drafting of more than 300 executive orders and directives, including orders merging state departments; consolidating public finance, human resources, accounting, and internal audit functions; centralizing administrative rule and hearing functions in a new State Office of Administrative Hearings and Rules; and establishing a state Medicaid inspector general.
  • Authored and secured passage of legislation providing for the sale of former state hospital property to a global automotive OEM for the construction of a $185 million technical center, with successful defense of the legislation and real estate transaction before the Michigan Supreme Court.
  • Drafted legislation, negotiated enactment, created governance structure for, and monitored launch of, the 21st Century Jobs Fund, which authorized the securitization of state revenue, new forms of state investment in emerging technology sectors, and provided start-up funding for the Pure Michigan tourism promotion campaign.
  • Researched, drafted, and secured enactment of legislation providing tax incentives for film and digital media activities in Michigan and restructuring the Michigan Film Office and Michigan Film Office Advisory Council.
  • Member of the Dykema team involved in drafting the executive order and intergovernmental agreement creating the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. Drafted numerous legislative changes affecting the governance and powers of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.  Former member of the Executive Committee of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.
  • Served as Governor's lead for drafting, negotiating, and securing enactment of legislation authorizing the transfer of Cobo Hall to a new metropolitan authority and financing facility expansion by the authority.
  • Primary responsibility for drafting legislation transferring Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport and Willow Run Airport to a county authority and establishing a governance structure for the authority.
  • Drafted, negotiated, and secured enactment of legislation establishing land bank authorities for reuse of tax-reverted and abandoned property and other economic development activities.
  • Member of the Dykema team with primary responsibility for drafting and securing passage of legislation authorizing business improvement districts in Michigan.
  • Drafted, negotiated, and secured enactment of legislation establishing a governance and financing structure for a light-rail system and public-private partnership in Detroit.
  • Authored executive order establishing the Michigan Information Privacy Council and served as first Chief Privacy Officer for the State of Michigan.
  • Led Dykema team effort to secure legislative enactment of a new process for the collection of delinquent property taxes (Public Act 123 of 1999) and advised county treasurers, municipal treasurers, and land title professionals on the implementation of the tax collection and foreclosure process.
  • Significant experience relating to state procurement and bid protest matters involving various state departments and agencies. Served as a legal and policy advisor to governor on procurement reform and fiscal controls, including drafting related legislation and executive directives. As Governor's designated Chairperson of the State Administrative Board, monitored and approved all state contracts, expenditures, and real estate transactions exceeding $25,000.
  • Represented both casino owners and casino suppliers before the Michigan Gaming Control Board and was a member of the Dykema team responsible for Michigan Gaming Control Board approval for the license for MotorCity Casino.
  • Served as a member of the Michigan Capitol Committee and as Governor Granholm's transition liaison to the incoming administration of Governor Snyder.

Election and Politics

Mr. Liedel has been involved in politics since 1988, and before his admission to the Bar, he served as a campaign manager or campaign volunteer for state legislative races in Michigan, Illinois, and Pennsylvania. He was an active volunteer in Governor Granholm's 2002 and 2006 gubernatorial campaigns. Since 2000, he has participated as a lawyer in voter protection activities of the Michigan Democratic Party and with the Obama Voter Protection Program in 2008. Mr. Liedel has provided legal advice relating to campaign finance compliance to state and local candidates and ballot question committees in Michigan.

Named a Michigan Leading Lawyer in the area of Governmental, Municipal, Lobbying & Administrative Law by the Leading Lawyers Network, 2014-2017. Law Bulletin Publishing Company