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Scott Dienes, Grand Rapids Attorney

Scott A. Dienes


Grand Rapids

171 Monroe Avenue NW
Suite 1000
Grand Rapids, MI 49503-2694

P 616-742-3917

F 616-742-3999

Scott Dienes is a real estate, municipal and finance attorney assisting clients with complex projects that define and shape communities.


Scott Dienes is a real estate, municipal and finance attorney assisting clients with complex projects that define and shape communities.

With a strong municipal and real estate background, along with tax-exempt bond and public finance experience, Scott keeps projects on track and on budget.

Municipal Law

Scott has served as general counsel to municipal clients his entire career. He acts on behalf of local governments, development authorities, school districts, water and sewer authorities, district libraries, mental health authorities, police and fire departments and boards. He is also often engaged as special counsel on complex matters local governments face.

Public Finance

Scott provides counsel on variety of public finance matters, a discipline that has grown out of his work with local governments. He serves as bond counsel for various public improvements such as water and sewer projects, municipal buildings, fire, police, and public safety departments, and road and sidewalk projects, and as bank counsel and as underwriter’s counsel on projects with a public finance element throughout the state. Additionally, Scott is approved as bond counsel for USDA and MEDC projects.

Real Estate

From modest projects to complex developments, simple structures to entangled TIF districts and incentives, from rural communities with basic regulations to layers of land use and zoning processes, and from common easement and land interest disputes among neighbors to those which impact entire communities or regions, Scott’s experience includes residential, commercial and industrial sites of virtually all scale.

Higher Education

Scott works with public and private higher education institutions on issues such as financial restructurings, reductions in force, internal investigations, strategic planning, significant real estate transactions, the establishment and closure of satellite campuses, and searches for key leadership.

Professional and Community Involvement

Member, State Bar of Michigan

  • Public Corporation and Real Property Sections

Member and former president, Berrien County Bar Association

Member, Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys

Member, National Association of Bond Lawyers

Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School

  • Former Vice chair, Board of Directors
  • Former Chair, Audit Committee
  • Former Member, Executive and Finance Committees
  • Former Chair, Interim President, President and Dean Search Committees

Siena Heights University

  • Former member, Board of Trustees
  • Former member and vice chair, Alumni Board

Member, Lake Michigan College Foundation Board of Directors

Member, Fraternal Order of Police

Former member and former president, Lakeshore Rotary Club


The Best Lawyers in America (Land Use and Zoning), 2021-2024

Grand Rapids Magazine Top Lawyers, Real Estate, Public Finance, Land Use and Zoning, 2019, Land Use and Zoning, Municipal Law, 2021-2023 

AV® Preeminent™ Martindale-Hubbell, since 2009


Representative Public Finance Transactions

Gerald R. Ford International Airport Authority

  • $93,650,000 Revenue Bonds, Series 2021. Underwriter Counsel.

Berrien County Drain Commissioner

  • Note Counsel to various drains in Berrien County issuing debt quarterly.

Michigan Public Power Agency

  • $24,610,000 Michigan Public Power Agency AFEC Project Refunding Revenue Bond, 2021 Series A. Bank Counsel.
  • $12,305,000 Michigan Public Power Agency Combustion Turbine No. 1 Project Refunding Revenue Bonds, 2020 Series A. Bank Counsel.

JobsOhio Beverage System Financing Authority

  • $371,025,000 Statewide Senior Lien Liquor Profits Taxable Revenue Refunding Bonds, Series 2020A. Bond Counsel.

Mona Shores Public Schools

  • $1,000,000 Mona Shores Public Schools, Muskegon County, Michigan, State Aid Note Dated October 1, 2021. Bank Counsel.
  • $2,000,000 Mona Shores Public Schools, Muskegon County, Michigan, State Aid Note Dated October 1, 2020. Bank Counsel.

Michigan Strategic Fund

  • $100,000,000 Variable Rate Limited Obligation Revenue Bonds (Graphic Packaging International, LLC Coated Recycled Board Machine Project) Series 2021 (Green Bonds). Borrower Counsel.
  • $10,000,000 Industrial Development Revenue Bonds (Quality Roasting, LLC), Series 2019. Borrower Counsel.
  • $46,650,000 Multi-Modal Limited Obligation Revenue and Refunding Bonds (YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids Obligated Group), Series 2016A, Series 2016B, and Series 2016C. Refunded in 2018. Bank Counsel. Amended several times during the COVID 19 Pandemic.

Lake Michigan College

  • $25,000,000 College Facility Bonds, General Obligation Limited Tax, Series 2018. Bond and Issuer Counsel.

Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians

  • $25,000,000 Tax Exempt General Obligation Bond, Series 2018. Bank Counsel.

Macomb Interceptor Drain Drainage District

  • $126,425,000 Drain and Refunding Bonds, General Obligation Limited Tax, Series 2017A. Bond Counsel.

Lake Charter Township

  • $4,800,000 Capital Improvement Bonds, General Obligation Limited Tax, Series 2016. Issuer Counsel.

Southwest Michigan Regional Sanitary Sewer and Water Authority

  • $4,190,000, Water Supply System Refunding Bonds, Series 2016. Borrower Counsel.
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