Scott A. Dienes, of Barnes & Thornburg's Grand Rapids office, focuses his practice on local government matters, finance and land use, having served as general counsel to municipal clients for 20 years.
Scott acts as counsel to municipalities, downtown development authorities, school districts, water and sewer authorities, district libraries, mental health authorities, police and fire departments and boards, and brownfield redevelopment authorities. He also serves as special counsel to governmental units and private developers on complex development and litigation matters throughout west Michigan.
Scott served as counsel to an emergency manager for a city during its financial crisis and has vast experience in municipal land use and zoning for clients in the public and private sector.
He is a former assistant prosecuting attorney.
Professional and Community Involvement
Board of directors, Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School
Chair of the audit committee, Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School
Member of executive and investment committees, Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School
Member, Lake Michigan College Foundation Board of Directors
Former member of the board of trustees, Siena Heights University
Member, Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys
Member, National Association of Bond Lawyers
Member, State Bar of Michigan and its Public Corporation and Real Property sections
Member and past president, Berrien County Bar Association
Longtime Rotarian and past president, Lakeshore Rotary Club
Member, Fraternal Order of Police